Private investigators pride themselves on being professional information collectors. Some are better than others, but a good investigator will know all the ins and outs of a specific investigative niche. From legal defense, corporate due diligence, background checks, and even cheating spouses and skip tracing, you need to know what information a private investigator can obtain for your case.
What Information Can a Private Investigator Obtain?
Public records are one of the primary sources private investigators get information for their clients. While any citizen can search public records on their own, a PI has the knowledge, skills, and experience to look in the right places to find the right information. Marriage and divorce records, deeds and mortgages, wills, and civil and criminal case records are some of the main information sources for private investigators. Many PI’s are experts at using Freedom of Information Act requests to petition the government for information.
Private investigators are not law enforcement and do not have access to law enforcement-only databases. Private investigators have access to the same information available to any other citizen. One advantage they do have over the average citizen though is access to private databases such as TLO, IRB Search, and LexisNexis. These companies require a person to hold a PI license before they can purchase access. Private databases aggregate hard-to-find public records, greatly increasing the speed at which PI’s can do their jobs. These databases are an invaluable tool when doing background searches or searching for missing persons.
What Kind of Records are PI’s Able to Find?
Private Investigators are skilled at finding public information, to include:
- Criminal Records
- Court Orders
- Credit History
- Driving Records
- Property Records
- Judgements and Bankruptcies
- Military Service
What Information Can a Private Investigator Not Obtain?
Not all information is available to the public, even for licensed private investigators. Phone records, financial accounts, internet service providers, and medical records are all protected information. The only way to access such records is with an account holder’s permission or by way of a court order. In cases such as background checks where the subject has given permission for certain inquiries, a private investigator may be able to search these records.
In most cases, a private citizen can find the information they need without the help of a professional. Just because a record is public doesn’t mean its easy to find. Someone first must know where to look. In many cases a person must also know what information is relevant to a particular case. A skilled private investigator can be a valuable resource when you don’t have the time or expertise to find the information you need.
H7 Investigative Services conducts private investigations in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
If you want to find out how our agency can help with your case, click through to our consultation request page or call us at (661)454-7513.