There are many reasons you could need the services of a private investigator, many of them aren’t obvious at first blush. Hiring an investigator to get surveillance of a cheating spouse or for a disability fraud claim are ones that immediately come to mind, but the murky world of surveillance and investigation has so much more to offer those who are interested.
• You are looking for someone
Whether it is a loved one, an ex-spouse, biological parents or even someone who owes you money, a private investigator is trained to do this job and has the skills and equipment necessary to get the job done.
• Doing a background check
It’s not just potential business partners or investment opportunities you might wish to run a background check on. Finding out if there is any criminal or potentially damaging information in the past for potential spouses, son-in-laws or daughter-in-laws is in your best interest.
• Investigating adulterous behavior
Knowing if something is going on within your own family can lessen the damage that can be created if your significant other is cheating on you. Having the evidence of the adultery can be a huge advantage in divorce proceedings.
• Investigating criminal behavior
This is where it starts to get murky. If someone is committing a criminal act, the authorities should be informed, but if you think a friend or associate might be involved, an investigation can get that information to you in time to resolve the situation prior to the act.
• Exonerating you or someone you know from criminal charges
Prisons are full of innocent people, but sometimes the law is a bit overzealous in their prosecution and they can get the wrong person. Exonerating yourself or a friend can be difficult, the police will not want to re-open a case if they have already tied the crime to someone. There are times the investigation has to be carried out covertly.
• Locating assets for a potential lawsuit
Knowing how much someone you want to sue is worth, can help in determining the amount of the lawsuit. If a person doesn’t have two nickels to rub together, it would not be worth suing, but if they have much more money and assets scattered about, knowing of them will give you and your attorney an advantage.
• Serving a summons/subpoena
Although normally handled through the courts, you can designate who you want to serve a summons or subpoena. It helps if the subject is known by the server, at least by sight.
• Counter surveillance
If you believe someone is watching you, get an expert in to tell you. Let him or her find out and follow them. Find out who is watching you.
Although many of these tasks can be carried out by yourself, a private investigator has the training, skills and equipment to handle them in a better and more professional manner. Another important consideration, it takes your emotions out of the equation. A professional who discovers evidence of adultery will record it and give it to you. What would you do if you caught your spouse?