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Private Investigation and the Law

A lot of people regard private investigator’s work as an invasion of privacy and is often on the wrong side of the law. Very often, movies depict private investigators in a negative way.

 Countries all over the world have made laws and constitutional amendments to protect their people from what they perceived as violation in their privacy.

Now the question running in everyone’s mind is, what are the things a private investigator can do that are still within the limits of law, that is, no civil rights are violated during the process?

The law requires that when private investigators execute their work, they have to make sure that they are not invading someone’s privacy.  Private investigators have to make sure that the investigations they are conducting are for legal purposes.  And if particular data are going to be used in court, they are required to protect the data such that it is not tampered or compromise along the way.  Private investigators have to handle confidential information such as social security numbers and license numbers with utmost care to protect such data from falling into the wrong hands.

Now another important question is, are private investigators allowed to carry firearms? This depends on where the private investigators are located. But among countries or states, one thing is common, private investigators can only carry firearms if they are authorized with a concealed weapons license and of course they have firearms permit.   

It is also interesting to ask, if in the eyes of the law private investigators allowed to testify in court? The answer is, YES they can. Private investigators working for attorneys or private individuals are allowed to testify in court. They can present what they have seen or heard provided they have enough evidence that will support whatever they say.

The last and most important thing is, the private investigators must be licensed before conducting any work.