Do you have the skills to go undercover, enforce the law and utilize legal documents in the interests of the law and community? Can you handle irregular hours, dangerous assignments and be inconspicuous enough to get the job done?
Perhaps you’d be interested in becoming a private investigator also known as a PI. The best market is personal transactions where clients, not so much the government or police, work with you to perform detective work.
These clients could be a married person seeking someone to serve an Action for Divorce on the other party who may be trying to hide and avoid it. A private investigator can be hired by an attorney to do the same service together with many other investigating assignments which could include investigation in personal injury lawsuits or private litigation cases.
Some clients may want you to take photographs of someone that they are concerned with activities that person is doing, maybe for evidence or maybe for the newspaper editors who need the details on a new story that they’re personnel isn’t qualified or capable of doing. Being licensed as a private investigator gives you an edge over other private investigators who may just have more experience than you but no license. Some client’s only wish to retain a licensed private investigator.
To get licensed you should seek a local school that offers a certification program that covers all the elements of becoming a private investigator. Once licensed you may be permitted to carry a gun for protection in certain states. Duties of a private investigator are not limited to just the field work. You must be organized, take notes on everything, be observatory, have photography skills, and be able to appear and testify in court in some situations.
There is pressure on accuracy and clients rely on you to unveil the truth about the subjects asked to investigate. If this type of work description doesn’t suit you that does not mean becoming a private investigator isn’t the job for you. Other categories of being a private investigator allows you to work directly in the legal services.
You may be a process server for any documents that the court requires to be personally served to a defendant and other parties involved in the case. You can also do the field work of a paralegal, directly working for one law firm full time doing services like taking photographs of clients, doing undercover questioning and evaluating circumstances.
These observations are highly useful for attorneys representing clients who are in need of this type of prosecution or defense depending on the situation. It’s more of a white collar job and requires less risk taking. If this has sparked your interest in any way and you can foresee yourself in this line of work, start your research, get educated, get licensed and begin work as a private investigator.