Private investigators pervade our popular culture because the best have the skills to gather information, especially information used in court proceedings. The best private investigators in Connecticut (CT) have the skills to answer questions and connect dots that regular people can’t. Undoubtedly, that is why Hollywood and the publishing industry have inundated us with books, TV shows and movies – and why many myths and misconceptions have obscured the hard work that CT private investigators perform on a daily basis. For more information on the work private investigators really do, please continue reading, then contact an experienced Connecticut private investigation team today. Here is the truth behind the biggest myths about private investigators in CT:
Can private investigators break the law?
Private investigators can’t circumvent the law. Unlike police officers, they do not have authority and must follow the law like everyone else. Furthermore, they cannot:
- Function as police
- Make arrests
- Run people’s license plates
- Impersonate people
- Trespass on private property
- Obtain information by improper means
Do private investigators have access to non-public information?
Private investigators can’t access police, CIA or FBI intelligence and can’t access confidential documents. However, private investigators have the training to take advantage of public information. They can find information you might have missed or uncover documents you could not locate. Additionally, many have connections with law enforcement to lawfully gain the answers you are searching for.
Can private investigators tap phone calls and access bank accounts or credit information?
If a private investigator records a conversation in which none of the parties are aware of the recording, he or she could face charges of “eavesdropping,” a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. Likewise, while private investigators have the skills to locate hidden bank accounts, they can’t actually access them. Accessing a person’s bank account or credit information without their permission could land the private investigator in a world of legal trouble.
However, if the private investigator is conducting an in-person interview, wherein he or she is one of the “parties,” he or she may legally record the audio of the conversation without informing the other parties. If they conduct that same interview over the telephone, they must apprise all parties of the recording.
Are private investigators’ days eventful?
In contradiction to pop culture, private investigators actually spend a lot of time in an office, collecting information online, doing research, reviewing notes and connecting the dots in their cases. When they are out in the world, they are typically discreetly following people or conducting interviews. If anything, they are more like researchers than police officers.
Please reach out to our skilled Connecticut private detectives if you have any further questions or would like to discuss your case.
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