Monday, December 3, 2012

What Can Private Investigators Do?

I am always asked this question: What do private investigators do?  First and foremost, a private investigator has to be licensed and bonded by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The following is the legal definition of Private Investigators and what they can legally do.

Legal Definition of a Private Investigator (ARS §32-2401-16)
16. "Private investigator" means a person other than an insurance adjuster or an on-duty peace officer as defined in section 1-215 who, for any consideration, engages in business or accepts employment to:
(a) Furnish, agree to make or make any investigation for the purpose of obtaining information with reference to:
  (i) Crime or wrongs done or threatened against the United States or any state or territory of the United States.
  (ii) The identity, habits, conduct, movements, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, reputation or character of any person or group of persons.
  (iii) The credibility of witnesses or other persons.
  (iv) The whereabouts of missing persons, owners of abandoned property or escheated property or heirs to estates.
  (v) The location or recovery of lost or stolen property.
  (vi) The causes and origin of, or responsibility for, a fire, libel, slander, a loss, an accident, damage or an injury to real or personal property.
(b) Secure evidence to be used before investigating committees or boards of award or arbitration or in the trial of civil or criminal cases and the preparation therefor.
(c) Investigate threats of violence and provide the service of protection of individuals from serious bodily harm or death.
If a person claims to be a private investigator, you should ask to see their license. There are many individuals running around our state claiming to be a private investigator.  They are unlicensed and should be reported to DPS. The link below will take you to the form.

1 comment:

  1. I truly agree with this that while hiring a private investigator ,one should always check their license. It provides a great list of all type of cases an investigator can handle.