What Florida Private Investigators Actually Do

Many people don’t quite understand what a private investigator actually does day to day.  They can work for a citizen, a business, or just about any type of organization.  Often, they work for lawyers on civil lawsuits for the defense or the client.  Sometimes private detectives are retained for find evidence of spouses cheating or other illegal acts within a marriage to set the stage for a divorce proceedings.  This is can often involve searching social media accounts, such as Facebook and Instagram.  Investigators can even friend request those on Facebook to get the incriminating evidence a person needs to move forward.  Further, dating sites often are a great way for investigators to gather damaging evidence. 

Private investigators also provide services such as process servers, conducting all levels of Florida employee background checks, skip-tracing services, missing persons investigations.  PI firms range from maybe only doing skip tracing to simply surveillance to including all areas of private investigations.  Other PI firms only due fraud investigations, which typically includes investigators that were prior fraud government investigators.  These investigators usually provide services for corporations and even are contracted by the government for their services.  Many of these types of investigators have background in auditing and accounting and are CPAs.  This way they have the ability to decipher the numbers and follow the fraud trail.  Further, fraud investigators often have bachelors and masters degree in business and accounting. 

Private Detectives and Private Investigators often work irregular hours due to of the needs of there case which require them to conduct surveillance and contact people who may or may not be available during normal working hours. Early morning, evening, weekend, and holiday work is common. Most Private Detectives and Private Investigators spend a majority of there time away from their offices conducting interviews or surveillance, but some work in their office most of the day conducting computer searches and making phone calls.

Investigators did often work unusual hours because of the caseloads and typically can be available 24 hours a day. Many investigators are hired to do surveillance work which can be done at any time of day and night. Further investigators are normally expected to work holidays when an assignment and Christmas is never out of the question.

It is very common for investigators to have a home office rather than going to a traditional office. The type of work a private investigator does typically involves being in a vehicle or on foot. There is computer work involved in being a private investigator but many investigators will do that desk work while in their vehicle out in the field.

Private investigators don’t work 9 to 5 and have irregular schedules.   Surveillance investigators can work all hours of the night and on Holidays.  Holidays tend to be the best times for investigators to gather evidence when doing surveillance operations.  People let down their guard on holidays which leads to investigators capturing the evidence and information they need for their clients.  Investigators usually have home offices but spend little time in their office as they are usually traveling and watching people. 

Sometimes investigators are even armed as they do their work gathering evidence.  Often, investigators are working in bad areas and need to be armed for their own security.  Investigators conduct sensitive interviews and often are dealing with not the best people out there. 

The majority of states require private investigators to be licensed and insured. These states will conduct audits from time to time FL private investigative firms licensed and those reported as unlicensed. There are steep fines for unlicensed private investigators engaging in investigative work. Sometimes these fines can even lead to jail time and permanent bands and further licensing. Each state has a portal where you can search licensing for private investigators to ensure that they are fully licensed and active. We highly recommend doing this when checking or considering any private investigative agency.

Justified Investigative Services (JIS)
Fully Licensed & Insured
Retired Federal Agents

Call or Text 239-290-6875

Member of Florida Association of Private Investigators (FAP)

Lic A1900251 & C1900526

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