As a private investigator people often ask me, “who hires a PI”? My response is easy, “everyone”! I go on to explain that every business needs me and most individuals will have a need for me at some point. The majority of people are shocked when they understand that they can perform a background check on virtually anyone without their permission. There is, however, a distinct difference between background checks and pre-employment checks. Employment background checks fall under the legal framework of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and a host of other laws. An individual must give their written consent for a potential employer to perform a background check.
Why do individuals hire a private investigator? The obvious is to check on cheating spouses. A spin-off of this includes documenting the welfare of their kids while in the company of their ex-spouse with questionable alcohol or drug use. Individuals often need a PI to locate missing family and friends. Recently we located a child kidnapped by her mother who ran off to Costa Rica. We located and got the child safely returned. In another case the client’s wife did not show up for work and we subsequently found her body inside her van that had gone off the road into a pond. While these are extreme cases, it demonstrates the need for a professional PI. We are often asked to check for tracking devices or listening devices inside of the person’s home or cars. While on the subject, it is illegal to obtain anyone’s (including your spouse) emails or text messages. There are a lot of software programs that enable you to do this, and of course they are based off-shore where they can’t be easily prosecuted. Regardless of the ability to do so, you cannot legally obtain this information without a court order or their authorization.
Why do businesses hire a private investigator? Employee related issues. Starting with the hiring process and the need for pre-employment background checks all the way through dealing with termination issues and employees who present threatening characteristics. Additionally at some point businesses have internal theft, vendor problems, liability issues with customers, employee or customers who get hurt, no-compete agreement violations, trademark infringements, employees goofing off instead of making marketing calls and a host of other reasons. Fraudulent injuries by employees and customers are a huge concern as well as employees threatening other employees or management upon termination. Over the past several years we have seen a dramatic increase in these types of cases.
The general public should be aware that each state has licensing requirements for private investigators. In Texas, the Department of Public Safety/Private Security Bureau regulates private investigators and you can verify if they are licensed at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/RSD/PSB/Reports/searchOptions.htm. In Texas private investigators have to have 18 hours of continued education every two years. Many get their CE training through the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (www. TALI.org) in which I am a former President. This is a good place to locate a PI as well. Private investigators are required to have their license number on their business cards, contracts and advertising materials. Another generally unknown fact is that over 80%% of PI agencies are 1-2 person operations. Kelmar Global has more than 60 license PI’s in the State of Texas enabling us to service our clients with the right investigator.
Can a Private Investigator Help with My Divorce Case?
Posted By Kelmar Global || 7-Jan-2016
January is known in legal circles as “divorce month,” so now is a good time to discuss how a private investigator can be useful in helping you with your divorce case. Often hired to assist with family law cases, a private investigator’s role is to capture evidence of cheating on film.
PIs are better at catching the wrongdoings of people, including unfaithful spouses, than anyone else because they have the necessary licenses and investigative training that allow them to engage in legal surveillance (keep in mind that is it neither safe nor legal, in many instances, to conduct the surveillance yourself.) The evidence a PI can uncover may improve your odds of coming out ahead in divorce, child custody, and alimony hearings.
What Methods are Used by Private Investigators?
People enmeshed in an affair often have an illusion of privacy that can easily be seen through. Investigators rely on a number of methods to prove that a spouse is cheating:
Setting the spouse up to admit guilt
Private investigators look for evidence of opportunity and inclination. Opportunity to commit adultery can include entering a hotel room, home, or back seat of a vehicle and emerging some time later. Opportunity on its own, however, is not enough to prove anything. That is why investigators also look for behaviors that show that the parties want to commit adultery. Evidence of inclination can include holding hands, hugging in a romantic way, or kissing. Things like phone calls, emails, and credit card receipts may also be valuable evidence of inclination.
Once information is collected, the client has to decide what to do with the information. If they are seeking a divorce, the investigator’s evidence can be used in court. Or, a person can decide to use the information simply for their own personal benefit (i.e. whether or not to remain in a relationship.)
When Should I Hire a Private Investigator?
Even if you only suspect that something is amiss in your relationship, it may be worth looking into legal assistance and the services of a private investigator. If you feel divorce may be imminent, it may be useful to begin collecting evidence to support your case against your spouse.
Kelmar Global has proudly served clients in the United States and around the world since 1989. If you are seeking a private investigator in San Antonio, now is the time to contact us to discuss your needs with a licensed professional.