Birmingham Alabama Private Investigators:
How To Hire A Private Investigator In Birmingham Alabama
There are many experienced and well-trained investigators in Alabama but fraud and false advertisement runs ramped. Here are a few things to look for.
Alabama Law requires all Private Investigators to be licensed through the Alabama Private Investigator's Board!
This means that each and every investigator who works on your case must be licensed or they are in violation of the law. If you hire an investigator and they use un-licensed assistants in the field, that evidence is being obtained illegally and might not be allowed in court. Don't let and investigator tell you that he has people in the field working under his or her license; each investigator must hold a current professional license through the state regulatory board. The State license in not an occupational license or business license, it is a state licensed issued by the Alabama Private Investigator's Board and can be verified by contacting the Board. through this website www.apib.alabama.gov.
Many advertisers falsify the duration of their experience, if an investigator has been in the field for 20 years, he or she should have some sort of documentation to verify this. It may be business license, tax returns etc. Why is this important? If an investigator is untruthful in his or her advertisement; an apposing attorney can use that to help impeach that investigators testimony or character on stand and possibly render his or her evidence useless. That’s a hard pill to swallow if you just spent a considerable amount of money to obtain that evidence.
When we advertise over 25 years experience that means that our lead investiigator, Jim Casteel has worked as a Private Investigator for over 25 years.
Some companies will claim 20 years experience if the have 10 investigators who each have 2 years experience. If we did that we would reflect over 50 years experience; but we consider that as misleading and dishonest.
You should ask specific questions about how long they have been an Investigator and be sure it matches their advertisement. You will be surprised to find that there are people out there less than 30 years old who advertise 20 or more years experience in the field.
Training can be very important in this field for several reasons. The most important reason is probably that an investigator who seeks continuing education is more likely to be up to date on the laws that pertain to the investigative field and on current rulings that deal with privacy, trespass etc. ask to see certificates of training.
Some people jump right into private investigations from law enforcement careers without seeking further training. Although there are some great Investigators who were once in law enforcement; this field seems to attract a lot of law enforcement rejects as well.
That has been a real problem for consumers because they tend to trust the investigator simply because he or she was formerly in law enforcement.
Think about this. If a cop does something unethical, fraudulent or even illegal, more times than not he or she is simply asked to resign. If that cop can’t get hired on at another department; there is a good chance that he or she might want to become a P.I.
Always ask why they left the department if they have former law enforcement experience.
In any case ask about training that is specific to the type of investigation that you are seeking help with. Also ask for continuing education certificates or documentation of classes. There are classes available but may require some traveling.
If an Investigator claims to be experienced based on prior employment alone, check him or her out with the employer and check the employer out for credibility.
Beware, Alabama has just become a Licensed State, but anyone who purchesed a Bussiness License prior to the date that the law went into effect may be grandfatherd in without a criminal background check or any type of training or experience requirements. Although the new PI regulations will require continuing education, it may take years to bring Alabama to a more proffesional level.
Under Alabama laws, even a convicted felon can be grandfathered in and become licensed. Check to see if the investigator you are considering hiring is a member of the Alabama Private Investigator's Association (A.P.I.A.) A.P.I.A. members must pass a criminal background check to become a member and must be found to be of good moral character.
Most reputable Investigators can provide you with a certificate of insurance beware of hiring an uninsured Investigator.
Alabama Private Investigators License:
Governor Bentley did a public signing of SB-172 bringing new regulations to the State of Alabama. The dead line for private investigators to become licensed was May 1, 2014. you can verify a licensee at apib.alamama.gov.
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