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Common Misconceptions
The purpose of this page is to outline some of the misconceptions regarding Private Investigations.

1. Eavesdropping: This is illegal. A third party cannot record a phone call legally, except with a court order, in other words, law enforcement only, and only after a lengthy court process. In Arizona, if one party is aware the call is being recorded it is legal. You cannot use a recording device in a room to record the conversation of others unless you are present and part of the conversations or have the ability to hear it.

2. Breaking and Entry: This is illegal, we can not enter another persons business or residence without the owner’s consent, there is no exception for private investigators regardless of the issue.

3. Provide Personal Security:  A licensed private investigator can provide security based on the private investigative license only if there has been a threat against the client
Any other requests require a security guard license with either an armed or unarmed designation. To provide security you must have a security guard license in Arizona. There is nothing prohibiting anyone from having both P.I. and Security licenses, this is legal. Be aware that there are Internet sites that will “certify” people for “personal protection” based solely upon an Internet course. This is a no nonsense job and requires people with “real world” experience. Ask for job references, more than one. This is a labor intensive task that requires more than one person to do it right and insure your safety.  The big buzz words are "Anti-terrorism" and "personal protection". They sound impressive but neither one of these issues have to do with hiring a private investigator to investigate. 
If you feel you are a legitimate terrorist target, notify the law enforcement authorites. 
If you need personal security, hire a licensed security guard. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is an excellent source for licensing infomation and requirements, refer to the Licensing Bureau web site. There are some very good firms and individuals who can provide personal security, these people probably don't have a shortage of work and are expensive, there are lots of expenses in equipment, training, and planning a protective operation.
On the down side, the standards are minimal and there is only minimal training for Security Officers, both armed and unarmed. 
If someone claims to be "certified" check out who certified them.  There is some excellent training out there and any good training will require practical excercises to demonstrate compotency or real world experience with other certified agency and personnel.
If you can hit a couple of buttons and sign up for the class that would "certify" you to provide personal protection after an internet class with no evaluation other than an on line test, is this who you would hire to keep you safe? Ask for references.

4. Hacking computers or on-line accounts: This is illegal. 

5. Search a third person’s computer files: Without the permission of the computer owner, this is illegal. We cannot access an employer supplied computer for the spouse of the employee.
6. Private Investigator Qualifications:  The entry standards are minimal to become licensed. Additionally, there is no formal or state mandated training to become an  Private Investigator.  Again the Arizona Department of Public Safety Licensing Bureau web site lists the qualifications necessary.  The standards are somewhat higher for those with their own agency, like mine for example.  It requires a minimum of three years experience as an Investigator and a letter of reference from employer who can verify your investigative experience.  Look for the people who you think can meet your needs for your investigation.  Don't be afraid to interview the investigator, I get it all the time, and mostly from other investigators.  Remember you are hiring them.
If you have any questions regarding these issues, I will be glad to dicuss them with you.  Don't be afraid to ask, 928-581-6296.