Hiring a private investigator is not something that most people do every day. Asking the right questions before hiring a private investigator can help you avoid a potential disaster down the road.
The facts can make or break a case. The right investigator – one who is reliable, resourceful and knowledgeable – can help the Client develop facts, secure evidence, and perform countless other tasks to make their or their attorney’s life easier.
Conversely, the wrong investigator can antagonize witnesses, embarrass you in front of your Client, provide you with bad information, and waste your money. Even more important, private investigators have that most precious commodity (one that lawyers & Client’s often lack) the time – day or night – to get the job done.
Additionally, the investigator’s past should have no serious blemishes. A good private investigator should have expertise in the following areas:
- Interviewing techniques
- Serving as a fact or expert witness
- Statement taking
- Utilizing sophisticated databases
- Having government contacts
- Handling of evidence, both physical and documentary
- Dealing with reluctant or adverse witnesses
- Access to other experts in various forensic disciplines
- Knowledge of other private investigators in other geographic locations for subpoena and other services
- Vehicle surveillance
Remember, the license does not guarantee a qualified investigator.