Do I Need a Los Angeles Private Investigator?
It is easy to determine if you need a private investigator -- if you have a situation that requires an in-depth and human-based solution, you are probably in need of a private investigator. In the modern age, virtual investigative companies offer electronic background checks and other limited online services. Hiring a private investigator, however, increases your chances of obtaining a successful result. We are not a database company; we perform the work required to solve your particular circumstance.
Finding a Private Investigator in LA
It is important to enlist a professional private investigator who is qualified, educated and intelligent in all areas of law. Another vital characteristic to seek in your investigation team is experience. At Sunset Blvd. Investigations, Inc. we have over 80 years of combined experience in private investigation and law enforcement. We accurately gather information and effectively preserve evidence that is necessary for the needs of our clients.
And because you want the most efficient investigator available, asking the right questions prior to hiring a private investigator will help you avoid a potential disaster down the road. Here are some questions you should ask before hiring a private investigator:
What type of education should you have?
- While licenses and credentials (as seen below) are vital when looking for a private investigator, you will also want to make sure that they are formally educated as well. Ask any prospective private investigator whatever questions that come to mind regarding their type of training including their education background. Additional training is essential for this job, though more education is going to make them an even more valuable asset to you and your case.
Are you licensed and insured?
What type of experience do you have with law and investigations?
- When hiring a private investigator, you don't want just anyone working with your case. Be certain that they are not only educated and licensed, but also ask why type of experience they have that makes them the right fit for you. Our team, for example, has many years of law enforcement under our belts as well as criminal degrees that give us the extra insight and hands on experience you want on your side.
Can you provide references?
- A professional private investigator will provide references. If they don't, then you should consider not utilizing their services.
Who will handle my case?
- In most instances, the experienced professional private investigator will manage the entire case.
Do you belong to any professional organizations?
- When examining a private investigator, make sure that he/she belongs to a membership organization, such as the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), the World Association of Detectives (WAD) and the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). These organizations offer rigorous training and certification for investigators and abide by a code of ethics as well as specific education and experience standards for membership.
Will our communications be privileged? Do I need to tell you everything?
- Privilege laws for investigator-client communications vary by state, but investigators are familiar with the particular laws in their state.
- When it is an attorney who retains the investigator, additional legal work product and communications privileges do apply.
- Providing the investigator with adequate information before hiring and throughout (as new developments occur), will increase the likelihood of an efficient, thorough and successful case.