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What does a private investigator do?

The common question is what does a private detective do? The answer is not that simple..

A private investigator (often called a P.I. and informally called a private eye), a private detective, or personal investigator, is a person who can be hired by the general public or companies to undertake investigatory law services. Private investigators often work for attorneys in civil and criminal cases.

Many private investigation agency private detectives & investigators with advanced academic and practical experience also work with defense attorneys on capital punishment and other criminal defense cases.

Many others are insurance investigators who investigate suspicious claims involving workers compensation fraud. Before the advent of no-fault divorce, many private investigators sought evidence of adultery or other conduct within marriage to establish grounds for a divorce.

Despite the lack of legal necessity for such evidence in many jurisdictions, according to press reports, collecting evidence of spouses' and partners' adultery or other "poor life choices" are still one of their most profitable undertakings, as the stakes being fought over now are child custody, alimony, or marital property disputes.

Private investigators can also perform due diligence for an investor considering investing with an investment group, fund manager, or other high-risk business or investment venture. This could help the prospective investor avoid being the victim of a fraud or scam.

A licensed and experienced investigator could reveal the investment is risky and/or the investor has a suspicious background. This is called investigative due diligence, and is becoming more prevalent in the 21st century with the public reports of large-scale Ponzi schemes and fraudulent investment vehicles.

Undercover Investigator

Many times a Private Investigator will conduct what the general public calls being undercover. An undercover investigator, undercover detective, private detective, private investigator or undercover agent is a person who conducts investigations of suspected or confirmed criminal activity while impersonating a disinterested third party.

Regardless if you're living in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Florida, Des Moines Iowa, Denver, Fort Collins Colorado, Dallas Texas, Los Angeles California, or anywhere in the nation, Solved It Investigations can help with your undercover investigation.

Many undercover investigators carry spy cameras, pin cameras and digital recording devices strapped to their bodies or using new equipment which looks like a button, hat, glasses, and even coffee cups to help them document their investigations.

The period of the investigation could last for several months, or in some extreme cases, years. Due to the dangerous nature of the job, their real identities are kept secret throughout their active careers.

Economic investigations, business intelligence and information on competitors, security advice, special security services information, criminal investigation, investigations background, and profile polygraph tests are all typical examples of such a role.

Certain types of undercover investigators, depending on their employer, will investigate allegations of abuse of workman's compensation. Those claiming to be injured are often investigated and recorded with a hidden camera/recorder. This is then presented in court or to the client who paid for the investigation.

United States

Private investigators in the United States may or may not be licensed or registered by their government licensing authority or state police of the state where they are located.

icensing varies from state to state and can range from: a) no state license required; b) city or state business license required (such as in five states (Idaho, Alaska, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Wyoming); c) to needing several years of experience and licensing-related training classes and testing (as is the case with Colorado, Florida, and California).

In many states, companies offering investigation services must hold an agency license, and all of their investigators or detectives must hold individual licenses or registrations

A few reciprocity agreements allow a detective working in one state to continue work in another for a limited time without getting a separate license, but not all states participate in these agreements.

In 1877, Colorado became the first state in the union to institute licensing requirements for private investigators. Because of the vague definition of term 'private investigator', the law was declared unconstitutional in 1977, but reinstated on a voluntary basis in July 2012 and mandatory in June 2015. Solved It Investigations has a level II private investigation license in Colorado. We service the entire Denver, Fort Collins, Aurora, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Florida has 3 types of licenses - Class CC for private investigator intern, C for private investigator, and MA for manager of a private investigative agency. As Class C license requires at least 2 years of experience, most applicants start with Class CC, which allows them to work under a sponsorship of a licensed Class C investigator.

Private Investigator Chris Brooks

Solved It Investigations, LLC

Solved It Investigations, LLC was founded by Chris Brooks, who attended the Law Enforcement Academy and held a variety of certified law enforcement positions, including senior patrol officer, Detective Sergeant, Deputy Sheriff and Chief of Police. 

Licensed Private Investigator Chris Brooks has 20 years prior experience in law enforcement, criminal and civil investigations, and Public Safety.

Chris is fully retired from the police work and specializes in Criminal & Civil Defense, Background Checks, Witness Statements, Interviews, General Investigations, Theft & Fraud Investigations, Death Investigations, and Surveillance.

Contact us at (800) 730-6272 or (239) 281-9130

Chris Brooks

Solved It Investigations

Solved It Investigations, California, Iowa
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