Legal Aspects of Private Investigations

For most new and experienced private investigators, critical mistakes are rarely the result of poor investigative skills and techniques. Rather, in many instances, the most critical mistakes result by failing to fully understand the law as it relates to case matters and the lawful conduct of investigations. In this 8-hour distance learning course, expert private investigators and authors Rory McMahon and Ron Azzarello explore the various dimensions of law and private investigations and shed light on many issues of criminal and civil law that have been historically problematic for private investigators. The final exam for this course is administered online as a 20-question multiple-choice test. Upon completion of the test, the score is automatically graded and documented in the student's "My Courses" transcript (accessible from the "My Account" page). In accordance with S2 Online course policy, the student must complete the online test with a passing score of 80% or better to receive a Certificate of Training. If the student does not pass the test the first time, the student has one opportunity to re-test.

Course syllabus:

  1. Civil and Criminal Liability

  2. Common Legal Issues Private Investigations

  3. Law Enforcement Notification Requirement

  4. Law and Policy on Records Restrictions

  5. Principles of Evidence Collection, Analysis, and Presentation

  6. Court Procedure

  7. Court Preparation

  8. Witnesses and the Court

  9. The Investigator as Witness