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!

 

Why private investigators need to remain detached from the outcome of investigations.

Private investigators have to undergo extensive training in order to be able to carry varied types of investigations, and it’s this training, along with experience, that puts any PI in a position to investigate without preconceptions or emotional attachment to the outcome of any case.

No one enjoys delivering bad news, and private investigators are just as human on this score as the rest of us. The difference is that as professionals, they’re able to remain focused and neutral, no matter what the outcomes of an investigation may be.

The role of the private investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria who form part of the King Investigators team is to work strictly according to the brief presented by a client, and to carry out the investigation to deliver bona fide evidence that cannot be disputed.

If any private investigator becomes emotionally involved during the course of an investigation, their professionalism and reputation would be compromised.

Taking the step to begin investigating a cheating spouse is an emotionally charged step for anyone to tackle on their own, there’s far too much that could go wrong if private individuals try to do the investigation on their own.

Simply taking the first step to speak to or meet with a private investigator to discuss finding proof of infidelity is tough enough, but to go through the steps alone takes the pain to an even higher level. Gathering photos, following your spouse or trying to get video evidence is going to make the experience even more painful for someone who is unqualified and deeply emotionally invested in the outcome.

The other side of this coin is that if a spouse or partner is looking for proof of cheating that can be used in court, any evidence obtained has to have been gathered legally, by a professional investigator.

There are strict guidelines that govern how far private investigators are allowed to go in order to obtain evidence of any wrongdoing, whether it’s a cheating spouse, fraud or criminal acts.

This is why it’s essential to make sure that when you hire a private investigator, you choose to work with one that is registered with PSIRA, which is the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority regulating the private security industry.

What’s important for the investigators at King Investigators is to do a thorough assessment with each client initially, making sure that the goal of the investigation will be met as expected. This is how an investigative map is created to drive the investigation in the right direction to reach the required goals for the client.

Once King Investigators has completed an investigation, the final report is one that carries the hallmark of honesty and integrity, providing video evidence, photos and a written report that would detail what is not contained in video evidence.

The fact that a private investigator remains emotionally detached during the course of any investigation means they’re able to maintain a focused, professional approach, irrespective of the ultimate outcome of the investigation.

The only goal at King Investigators is to work within the guidelines required by each client, which includes sticking to client budgets, and then to deliver proof that, if need be, will stand up to scrutiny in court.

If for any reason you’re planning to hire a private investigator in Pretoria or Johannesburg, please contact King Investigators to set up a free consultation, whether at their offices or at any other place that would set you at ease.

With over ten years’ worth of investigative experience you can rely on this team to deliver honest, professional results. There’ll be no dragging their feet in order to pad your bill or the presentation of illegally obtained information that will be of no use to you.

 

The benefits of including pre-employment polygraph testing in HR practices

Maintaining a high level of honesty and integrity at any company doesn’t come easily. Many top companies, large and small, are putting preventative measures in place to reduce the risk of fraudulent and illegal activity in their businesses, leading to reviewing the way in which current HR policies and procedures are drawn up.  

It is fast becoming the norm for businesses to institute pre-employment polygraph testing and in-depth background checks carried out by professional private investigators in an effort to protect business from criminal elements becoming employees.

Working polygraph testing into the framework of business

By incorporating polygraph testing into the current human resource practices, you’ve got the opportunity to set the expectation with employees from the beginning. If you’re attempting to roll this out into an existing work environment, you’ll need to conduct a series of seminars for employees.

This ensures they receive the correct training and information around it. Once the training has been conducted, they’ll need to sign to acknowledge they’ve attended the training and fully understand the induction of this technique. It needs to be noted here that no employer can force an employee to take a polygraph test, the employee has the right to refuse it.

Reducing the Opportunity To Partake In Illegal or Fraudulent Activity

When conducting updates to your company policies, it would be beneficial to define the time frame in which someone could be requested to take a polygraph test and how frequent these tests should be.

As the tests can be done at random, it ensures there is a clear expectation that illegal or fraudulent behaviour won’t be tolerated within the business. It also assists in bringing up issues that might have not been reported before.

Basic conditions of employment and polygraph tests

Polygraph testing is a relatively new concept in HR practices for many businesses, and, though there are minimal laws and regulations surrounding the use of these tests, no person can be forced to take a polygraph test unless written consent is given. This is where your training comes into effect and the permission letter all employees should sign.

The best pre-employment screening tool

While every company is different and every position being filled by a new employee holds a different level of confidentiality, there’s no doubt that instituting pre-employment screening goes a long way towards protecting the most sensitive areas in certain businesses, hence the growth in the use of this testing.

It also helps to ensure that you’re dealing with a candidate that is being truthful in terms of background, CV and education, assisting you to make an informed decision in conjunction with any competency tests you may carry out and with past references.

Start the employment process the right way by contacting King Investigators to assist you in conducting in-depth background checks, and, if you’ve become the victim of fraud or theft, to carry out professional polygraph tests to give you the power to take further action against employees caught in criminal acts.