When it comes to lawyers, trials and litigation—I don’t think anyone outside of the field truly knows all that is involved when it comes to all of the information they must find to be successful with their case. It takes countless hours of research and information collecting, to say the least. The work necessary is so much so that they simply cannot do it alone. As we likely all know from law shows we have seen on TV, there are research assistants and entire teams dedicated to gathering the necessary information on a case.
Along those lines—private investigators are a crucial piece to law cases.
Our Pittsburgh private investigators provides services to lawyers, businesses and corporations, the government, medical and education PI, private citizens and even international private investigation. Whether you’re looking for private investigative service in fraud surveillance, business investigation or a Pittsburgh private detective who specializes in government—Forletta has you covered. We offer forensics, litigation support and a host of other services.
Along the lines of court cases, and private investigators—sometimes, people wonder if evidence gathered by a private investigator is admissible in court, and, the answer is “yes”—assuming it was accessed through legal means. We at Forletta of course only come across our evidence in a legal fashion, but we thought you might find it interesting to learn what makes evidence admissible versus inadmissible.
When is Private Investigator Evidence Legal?
Evidence gathered by a private investigator is completely legal and admissible if they overhear a conversation that took place in public places and in a normal tone of voice. If a PI takes any photos of individuals in a public place, these are usually perfectly legal and admissible as well.
The key factor when it comes to determining admissibility is whether or not the people involved have a reasonable expectation of privacy. If the people in question are talking about incriminating activities while in the middle of a crowded public place, then clearly they do not. Similarly, if they are observed doing something in a public place, there is no expectation of privacy. In these types of situations, the private investigator is basically acting like any regular eye witness from a legal standpoint, and thus all counts as admissible.
When is Private Investigator Evidence Illegal?
If a private investigator were to break into a private residence, tap a phone, or use a planted microphone or listening device in a private place, then in these cases such evidence is not generally admissible. The reason for this is because any conversations or activities done in private places, behind closed doors have a reasonable expectation of privacy, not to mention these acts would be illegal for anyone to attempt.
Evidence gathered as a result any other illegal activities undertaken by the private investigator would also typically not be admissible. Again, if it is illegal for a citizen to undertake certain acts, it would also be illegal for a private investigator. It is important to understand that a private investigator is not above the law, and must always behave in a manner that is legal, and with integrity.
We hope you have learned something new today about how private investigators can help with law cases and what is considered admissible.
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