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Mike Medrano is the owner of Medrano & Associates and has been in business since 2010. Before 2010, Mike was a Federal Police Officer for the Department of Defense since 2008. In 1994 Mike opened his first legal services business called Active Legal Service and successfully ran that business until he sold it in December 2007. Medrano & Associates is fully insured and licensed by the State of California. We are proud members of the Better Business Bureau and California Association of Licensed Investigators. We carry a million dollar errors and omissions policy.

Some facts to know:

Private Investigators are known by a number of different titles, private eye, P.I. and private detective. Ultimately, a private investigator is hired by private consumers, businesses, and even government municipalities. Private investigators are also frequently retained by law firms, corporations and the general public for the purpose gathering evidence. Such cases may be infidelity, child custody issues and cohabitation in family law matters, criminal defense, civil and competitive corporate intelligence for business purposes. Regardless of one’s reason for hiring a private investigator, the fact of the matter is that people have been turning to private investigators for answers for a very long time.

Most states within the United States require that the private investigator be licensed before conducting investigations in behalf of a paying client. The licensing requirements for private investigators vary from state to state, but in California it includes a background investigation on the P.I., a minimum level of professional investigative experience of 6,000 hours, having a $1,000,000 insurance policy and passing a State examination. Many states also require a business license. Private Investigation work often requires the knowledge of the laws relating to privacy, stalking, and loitering and these often vary from state to state.

Although many private investigators are former law enforcement officers, it is critical to understand that as a “private” investigator, they do not represent the interest of the state or the city where they are located and are not Law Enforcement.

Private Investigators can be hired by anyone for the purpose of conducting an investigation. In many ways, private investigators have more freedom to conduct an investigation and are not restrained by many civil rights regulations that bind law enforcement officers. However, private investigators are still required to follow the law and bound by the same rules of evidence once the case goes to court.

Whatever one chooses to call it, private investigator, private detective, private eye, P.I., it is undeniable that private investigators can play a pivotal role in gathering information, intelligence, and evidence for their clients. Private investigators are a useful tool in the criminal justice system and in family law courtrooms across the United States.

By and large, private eyes are law abiding detectives who work hard for their clients who have high expectations because they are paying the P.I. directly. Private Investigators typically understand rules of evidence, have access to private databases, and understand methods of investigation and obtaining photographic evidence that the general public is unaware of.

Give a private investigator a call and you will probably be surprised at their level of professionalism as well as their ability to suggest investigative solutions to the problem that you are facing and may not yet have considered.

Before you hire a Private Investigator, verify their license through the State of California Bureau of Security and Investigative Service website at www.BSIS.ca.gov.