There are many Manhattan private investigator agencies. Just as in any other field, the quality and experience level varies significantly from one to the next. Here are five tips to help you find the right detective for your case—and get the best results possible.
- Only hire a licensed private investigator. In Manhattan, private investigators carry licensing and follow professional rules. Ask if they are licensed and if the licensing is current. They should be able to provide you documentation without any trouble. Licensing does more than just establish professionalism. It shows formal training, and that they understand liability—which could affect both them and you. Remember, the work of a sloppy investigator may not be admissible if needed in a legal case, and could even open you up to litigation.
- Look for an investigator who has a team supporting them. There are many capable individuals who run small investigative agencies. But any experienced private eye knows the importance of having a team. Whether it’s a few carefully chosen professionals or an entire office, the detective should have support for research, in the field, and most importantly, to take care of you, the client. A good team gets better results than even the best lone wolf.
- A private investigator should never promise a specific result. There is no way to say with certainty what an investigator will find until they start. They cannot promise you they will get a piece of evidence, or that what they find will win a court case for you. If they do, they are lying. What they can really promise is professionalism. A professional with the right training, the right experience and the right tools will come back with the best results possible in a given situation.
- Prices often reflect experience. Manhattan’s private detectives are not cheap and rarely cost less than $100/hour. Usually the cost is far more. It’s natural for you, the client, to want to get the best deal possible. But bear in mind you also want results. The person you need to hire is experienced, attentive, smart, creative, and good at listening to you and explaining what they find. The lowest priced detectives may have few if any of these qualities. Often, you really do get what you pay for.
- Breaking the law never helps your case. If an investigator hints that they can work outside the law, or if they overtly say it, it should be a huge red flag for you. Detectives who break the law put their clients at great risk and may invalidate any evidence they find. You want someone who is creative and discreet, but strictly follows the law.
What else do you look for in a private investigator?