Although the private investigation industry was largely unregulated, it does require aspiring PIs to obtain and maintain a license. Licenses are usually valid for a set number of years, after which the private investigator will have the option to have it renewed. However, there are also a number of ways that could cause you to lose your private investigator license. In case you plan to work as a PI in the future, these are some of the reasons your license could get revoked:
Negligence in the performance of duties is one of the main reasons that private investigators lose their licenses. If they are careless or cause their clients or anyone unnecessary harm, it is considered as a violation.
Becoming a private investigator takes skill, training and experience. Many of the cases that PIs are involved with require specialized knowledge. If the PI has demonstrated that he or she lacks the necessary skill or ability to perform his duties, it could cause him to lose his license.
If the private investigator has committed fraud or any act in which he or she has deliberately cheated his client/s or any person involved directly or indirectly with the investigation, it is considered reason enough to revoke his license. Fraud may also be committed if the private investigator has obtained money, gifts or favors illegally or through the use of conscious deception.
In case the private investigator used a false identity during the time they applied for a license or if they have falsified their records, they could also stand to lose their private investigator license. Furthermore, falsification of documents could even result to a criminal prosecution.
When performing their jobs, private investigators must sometimes have to use certain techniques in order to obtain the information they need. They could, for example, use certain pretexts. However, they are bound by law not to use misrepresentations of any kind. They cannot claim authority or licenses that they actually do not have.
In case they use advertising to promote their business, private investigators must also take care not to misrepresent their services. They cannot, for example, promise to perform certain duties that they cannot deliver or for which they have no authority to perform.
Applicants for a private investigator license are required to have a clean criminal record. If they can’t demonstrate this, they will not be able to obtain their license. However, even if they are already practicing as licensed investigators, they could still lose their license in case they become involved in a crime or become convicted of felony charges. This is especially so if the crime reflects negatively on their moral and professional integrity and honesty.
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