Are the findings of a private investigator admissible in court?

Though there are still a few of the less than savoury characters in the industry today, on the whole, private investigators are no longer viewed as shady characters willing to go to illegal lengths to obtain evidence of wrongdoing, so if yours looks like he’s going to skirt the borderline of this pretty tarnished view of private investigators, then you’ve definitely picked the wrong one to help with your case!

With more and more people hiring private investigators to assist in what are generally very personal investigations, it’s important to note that you have every right, and in fact should, find out as much as possible about the private investigator you’re planning to hire, before taking the plunge.

King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa, offer a free consultation, which helps to give you the time to ask all the questions you need to, before you decide to hire an investigator from this team.

As a licensed and registered private investigations firm operating under a strong code of ethics, which focus on integrity and honesty in all matters, King Investigators offers trusted services to all clients, combining over ten years of experience with state of the art technology to round out highest level of professionalism.

With more and more people turning to private investigators for professional help with important matters, some of which include divorce hearings, custody hearings or hearings involving business intelligence matters, it’s important to know that the findings of your private investigator will be valid in court.

Here are a few points you need to know about whether the findings of your investigator will be admissible in court or not:

  • Admissibility in court

Information and evidence presented in court can only be considered admissible if your private investigator has gathered it without violating the laws governing the private security industry. King Investigators are registered with PSIRA, which is the governing body for the industry, which means you can be assured that any evidence presented by them will be considered admissible in any court proceeding.

  • When evidence is considered illegal by courts

The courts are very strict about what is deemed illegal evidence gathering by a private investigator.  In fact, this could do more harm than good to your case, and any true professional will know this from the outset of the case.

Methods used such as illegal phone tapping, invasion of privacy, false representation and entrapment are just a few of the things that will invalidate any evidence gathered by a private investigator.

This is where the integrity of a good, reliable private investigator could prove pivotal to the success of your case in court proceedings.

  • Does a private investigator give you an advantage in court proceedings

Yes, absolutely, and for a number of reasons.  A private investigator has the experience, time and anonymity to carry out surveillance or gather evidence without raising suspicions in the person being investigated.

Though private investigators are not above the law, they do have a lot more freedom to investigate than the police, who need warrants if they need to investigate further, or attorneys who are also governed by other codes of conduct that may not be overstepped.

A professional private investigator isn’t going to make mistakes that would jeopardise your case. They contribute legally acquired testimony and an in-depth account as an eyewitness during court proceedings.

Not sure about whether a private investigator will help or hinder your court case?

If you aren’t sure about whether you’re ready to hire a private investigator, speak to owner of King Investigators, Jacques Botha, to set up a free consultation. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the situation confidentially in order to make an informed decision about whether or not to go ahead with an investigation.

As specialists in surveillance for infidelity, divorce, child custody, protection and business intelligence services, the team at King Investigators make your privacy a top priority, naturally protecting your privacy by keeping all information confidential and secure.

King Investigators is not limited to working in Johannesburg and Pretoria. This team has worked many high risk investigations around the world, in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique and more.

If it’s peace of mind you want when you walk into a court, with admissible evidence that is irrefutable, then King Investigators will give you just that!


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