Electronic devices may seemingly have changed the way private investigators can conduct investigations. It is easy to understand why people would believe that today, the process to obtain cell phone records or retrieve cell phone messages should be easier. The truth is that tracking devices for private investigation purposes do have their limits, even now. Do you feel slightly confused by all these technicalities? In this article we will address what methods of collection of evidence for private investigation use is considered illegal.
Here is a breakdown of frequently sought after services that we cannot provide, based on violation of privacy laws:
Cell Phone Records: Many of our clients want to know how to get cell phone records. Unless you are on the same cell phone account as the individual you are trying to investigate, you cannot legally obtain cell phone records relating to that person without a court subpoena. If you obtain cell phone records or retrieve text messages illegally, it will not only get thrown out of any court hearing, you may also face federal criminal charges.
Email Passwords: It is illegal to hack an email password of a spouse or significant other, just as much as it is illegal to hack an email password of a stranger. If you were never given the email password, or if you were given a previous email password and it has changed, then you are no longer entitled to the privacy of that person’s email. Any illegally obtained emails will not stand up in a court of law.
Vehicle Tracking Device: A vehicle tracking device is most commonly known as a GPS device. A vehicle tracking device is usually placed in a person’s vehicle or placed on a person in order to track their physical location. In most cases, a vehicle tracking device can offer an exact location of the person in question. Private investigators can legally place a vehicle tracking device on a car only if the owner who is on the title gives permission to do so. Unfortunately, to use a tracking device to investigate someone outside of a criminal case and without the approval of the person whose name is on the title of the vehicle is invasion of privacy and illegal. Even as the legal owner of a vehicle, there are some stipulations in place that may prevent us from utilizing a vehicle tracking device. If you feel a GPS device may be beneficial to your investigation, we can help guide you toward the right direction, based on your individual case. Anyone who participates in using a vehicle tracking device on an unknown participant can possibly face consequences.
As private investigators, it is crucial to maintain our integrity, as well as our client’s integrity. We adhere to all privacy laws, because in the long run it will guarantee solid evidence that will stand up in a court of law and keep our clients from being criminally charged with violation of federal privacy laws. We can assure you that the evidence we can uncover will be evidence that you can present to an attorney and use for legal proceedings. If you would like to learn more about how to lawfully investigate someone you know, one of our private investigators is waiting to assist you.