Finding the Right Private Investigator

Hiring the right investigator can make the difference between a successful outcome and failure. Also, make sure you are prepared for the truth, the good news and the bad news. Ultimately, the best way to find a PI is by a referral; if you do not know anyone who has used a PI here are some resources so that you can compile a list of prospective candidates.

  • Check with a clerk at your local police department
  • Your state’s association of private investigation
  • Investigators working at the district attorney’s office
  • Criminal defense lawyers

Once you have compiled your list then you can get to work on looking into each one so that you may find a trustworthy and qualified private investigator. Here are some things to look for when doing your research:

  • Education and training
  • Experience
  • Licensing/Certifications/Insurance
  • Do they have a clean record?
  • Ethics/good character
  • Can he/she testify in court if needed?
  • Clearly spells out fees
  • Have expertise in your area of need/have handled similar cases

Make sure once you have made your choice that you feel comfortable with the PI you have chosen. If you feel that communication is lacking or that he/she is pressuring you in any way then you may want to keep looking.

After your initial consultation, he/she should be able to outline anticipated costs; if you choose to follow through make sure that you get a contract with all fees and expectations of both parties clearly stated.

Finding the right private investigator can be frustrating; following the above simple guidelines, using common sense, trusting your instincts, and doing the research instead of just picking a name out of a list will ultimately bring you to the right choice for your needs.