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"Search Type," select either "Participant Name" or
"Organization" if it is a corporate license, under
"Docket Type" select: "Miscellaneous." Depending
on the practices within a county by the Clerk of
Courts, as to how much information is entered,
you may be able click on the docket to pull up the
details on when the license was issued and the
term.
Currently, Pennsylvania requires that a licensed
private detective only be bonded and not insured.
As ridiculous as this may sound, Pennsylvania does
not mandate insurance-which is not in anyone's
best interest. I would strongly recommend that
each investigator you retain has general liability
insurance since he is working on your behalf.
A law firm may hire an in-house investigator.
If the investigator is an employee on the firm's
payroll and not an independent contractor, then
the investigator is not required to hold a private
detective license. Nevertheless, I suggest that
even in-house investigators should be licensed.
Becoming licensed by satisfying state licensing
requirements increases the credibility of in-house
investigators when they testify or are deposed.

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Further, it alleviates any ambiguity about the
investigator's background, capabilities, experience
and education within the profession.
Do You Have the Right Investigator for Your
Case?
What experience does the investigator
have? Does the investigator have experience
with criminal defense work? There are over 50
different investigative specialties. For example,
there are surveillance investigators who are pros
at conducting mobile surveillance for workers'
compensation cases. However, they may not
be the best investigators for a criminal defense
investigation.
The best way to find a qualified private
investigator is by seeking referrals from your peers.
A recommendation from a colleague originates
with the verification that the investigator has
the experience you need on your team. Another
method for finding a qualified licensed private
investigator is through a state's PI Association.
Most states have their own PI association.
In Pennsylvania, the state association is the



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