The private investigation business has traditionally been steeped in mystery, therefore, many myths have developed and evolved over the years about private Investigators. Most people really have no idea what a private investigator does, how we work, what kind of situations we deal with, what kind of a living we make, what we can and can not do, etc. The fact is, this business is far different than what most people believe. I’d like to take the time to give you the straight and honest answers and dispel some of these myths.
What does a private investigator do?
Well, the short answer is that we investigate. What most people don’t understand is how we investigate. We conduct a series of tasks that are designed to gather the information that we need to conclude a case, or that our client would like to have. We do this through careful observation, thorough research, and hard work. We spend long hours on surveillance watching our subject. Sometimes we even pick up and process our subject’s trash. We gather information from on-line sources that allows us to research our subject’s habits and patterns, locations, and other information. The fact is, private investigation work is hard. It involves long hours and careful attention to detail, documenting and tracking information all for the purpose of what actions are necessary to conclude a case with an actionable report.
Is private investigation work dangerous?
Maybe. There are certain types of investigations that are more hazardous than others. Generally speaking, private investigation work is a lot of clerical work, and some field work that is usually quite mundane. However, there are some cases that may involve remote locations, subjects known to be violent, or other potentially dangerous situations. No matter the situation, RMRI LLC’s top priority is safety. We will always endeavor to use all precautions to work cases in such a way that is safe for our community, client, and investigator.
What kinds of situations do private investigators deal with?
Sometimes we have to deal with people that have information that we need, but they don’t want to share it with us. Sometimes we have to deal with government officials or companies that have information that we are entitled to, but they don’t want to release to us. Sometimes we have to deal with “nosy neighbors”. In almost all cases, the one factor that determines how successful the private investigator is in dealing with these situations is how good of a communicator he or she is.
I hear private investigators make really good money?
This is a common misconception bought about by private investigators “enhancing” information concerning what kind of money they make. Some private investigators make better money than others. Usually the highest paid private investigators are the ones that have a niche business, like digital forensics examiners, forensic accountants, and such. Here is a good summary on the profession: Private Investigator Profession Outlook
Do private investigators have special privileges?
Private investigators are subject to the same laws as everyone else. We are no different than any other citizen in regards to what the law allows us to do, and what the law prohibits us from doing.
When I hire a private investigator, do they have to do what I ask?
This is one of the most common misconceptions. The answer is: not always. Many clients who hire a private investigator already have a theory of what is going on with their case. While we definitely consider these theories and use it as a starting point, we do not manipulate evidence to suit the theory – we find facts. If those facts support the theory, then great. But sometimes they do not. It is always in the client’s best interest to let the facts define the case. Occasionally, a client may even see that the facts indicate a situation of which they were completely unaware.
Furthermore, we never, ever intentionally do anything illegal for a client or put our client, the target subject, or our investigators in illegal or dangerous conditions – no matter what the client requests.
Is private investigations work as glamorous as it looks on TV and movies?
Hardly ever! The staff and investigators at RMRI, LLC present themselves in a respectable and professional manner appropriate for our almost daily work at the court house and our contact with attorneys and other professionals. And we most certainly have the capabilities to work undercover in what one might call a “glamorous” situation, but most of our field work can be downright messy! We go through garbage, we lay in dirt to do surveillance, drive long distances, work at all hours of the day and night, and sometimes eat nothing healthy all day as we follow a subject all over town!
Do I need a private investigator?
There are two good reasons that you should consider hiring a private investigator if you find yourself in a situation where you need one. First, a private investigator is an unbiased witness that can testify for you in court. Second, despite the fact that we do not have any special privileges, what we rely on is skill and experience. Having practiced our trade, we have developed smarter and better ways of conducting investigations than someone that does not routinely conduct investigations.
Hopefully this page will give you a clear understanding of what we do, and a realistic view of what you can expect when you hire a private investigator.