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The Dangers of Investing in an Unlicensed PI

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Are you looking for a PI to hire? If so, it’s important to look at their qualifications to make sure that they are licensed. There are a number of unlicensed PIs operating in Ontario that lure customers in with their low rates. But their inexperience can cost you a lot more than just money for their low quality work. It can also put you at risk of legal ramifications. Find out all the dangers of investing in an unlicensed PI below.

It’s Against the Law to Operate Without a License

It’s against the law for someone to operate as a private investigator without a license. In Ontario and across Canada, security guards and PIs must carry a valid license at all times while on duty. If someone is caught working in the field without a license, they could face fines and penalties for their actions. 

Evidence Collected Could Be Inadmissible in Court

There are strict codes of conduct and requirements for evidence collecting and handling in Canada. If you hire an unlicensed individual, the evidence they collect may not be admissible in a court of law if they did not follow the appropriate standards and acts that are in place.

You Could Be At Risk If They Break the Law

There are many provincial and federal laws that private investigators must follow when conducting an investigation, even when they have a license. If you hire an amateur that hasn’t gone through the proper training and licensing, it’s highly likely that they will make a mistake and break one of these laws. Not only could this put the unlicensed agent at risk, but also you. For instance, if you hire someone to wiretap a phone, you could both be held responsible for breaking the law, and you will have no legal recourse to prevent you from being sued.  

You Could Be Scammed

Another danger of investing in an unlicensed PI is the risk of extortion. Since this person isn’t operating legally, you have no protection under any laws to receive what you paid for. There’s also the risk that this person could only be posing as an agent with the intention of collecting your fee and disappearing.

If you hire an unlicensed PI, you may save some money but you’re putting yourself at risk of serious potential consequences.  So before you hire any individual, demand a copy of their license and the agency’s insurance. You should also ask how many files they have completed. You don’t want to be working with an amateur who doesn’t have the level of experience necessary to properly and lawfully complete your case.

Hiring a properly trained, licensed, and skilled professional is always the best route. Don’t make the mistake of hiring an unlicensed amateur. Contact us at The Smith Investigation Agency to talk to a licensed, highly experienced agent today.

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