First, make sure that the investigator you are hiring is licensed in the state where they are located. Some states don’t require a license for private investigators. However a license is required in California. Before hiring a private investigator from California, I suggest you check their license information on the website of the State Licensing Bureau ( This site tells you how long the private investigator has been licensed, It also tells you if the investigator has been subject to any discipline.

The next step is to find the right private investigator to suit your needs. For example, if you have a situation where infidelity is the issue, then hire a surveillance specialist. It is not the right investigator to hire an investigator who conducts bug sweeps and background investigations for that situation.Learn more about this at Private investigators Charleston.

Make sure that the firm you hire (if found on the web) has a section on their website that contains a biography or “about us.”

Many companies do not list the name of the owner, or anything about his background. I think it’s very important to list biography information. It gives you an idea of what the background of the investigator is all about, and whether he or she is qualified to deal with your case.

I believe it’s important that the private investigator you hire is a member of a viable professional investigators’ association. In California, the most well known, and largest association is the California Association of Licensed Investigators ( It is also important that continuing education is maintained by the private investigator you hire. CALI has a Certified Professional Investigator program that requires 4 credits (24 hours) of continuing education every two years.

There are other questions people ask themselves before hiring a private investigator.

The most common question is “Why can’t I conduct my own investigation and save money?” There is an old saying, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” This saying also applies to investigation. There are many reasons not to conduct your own detective work. Some examples are: You are bias when you do your own investigation; you can not be objective; you can not be an independent witness if you are called to testify. The most important reason not to conduct your own investigation is that you do not have the training or expertise to know what to look for, where to find the information and how to preserve the evidence or information.