The duties of professional investigators are dictated by the needs of their clients. In cases that involve fraudulent workers' compensation claims, for example, investigators may carry out long-term surveillance of a person suspected of fraud. If an investigator observes the person performing an activity that contradicts injuries stated in a worker's compensation claim, video or still photographs would be taken by the investigator to document the activity and reported to the client..
In Maine, all professional investigators need to submit proof of post-secondary education or undergo an in-depth training regimen that will be accepted by the State. Most investigators have past law enforcement and/or military experience. Nearly every state requires licensing to become a professional investigator.
Investigators must be mindful of the law when conducting investigations. They stay apprised of federal and state legislation, such as privacy laws and other legal issues affecting their work. They must also distinguish how to collect evidence properly so that they do not compromise its admissibility in court.
Always ask for credentials to be sure that your investigator is licensed with the State of Maine. Licensed investigators will have the experience and skills to get you results. They will also be insured and bonded, protecting the client.
Be prepared to give as much information as you can to your investigator. This will increase your chances for success, and also save you money as the investigator will not have to go and search for this information himself.
No. Although licensed by the state, private investigators are not law enforcement officers, but rather use the same skill set in the private sector. Most investigators are qualified to use firearms and are licensed to carry concealed weapons.
This will vary greatly from case to case. The more specific your information, the more efficiently your investigation will proceed. BlackRock investigators will be able to provide you with a general time frame with your initial consultation, and will keep you updated with our progress.