Private Investigations

NC Governor Signs Bill Regulating Drone Use

SECTION 34.30.(a) Chapter 15A of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read:
“Article 16B. 5
“Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Ҥ 15A-300.1. Restrictions on use of unmanned aircraft systems.
(a) Definitions. – The following definitions apply to this Article: 55
(1) Manned aircraft. – An aircraft, as defined in G.S. 63-1, that is operated with a person in or on the aircraft. General Assembly Of North Carolina Session 2013
Page 228 Senate Bill 744 S744-PCCS45234-MDxf-1
(2) Model aircraft. – An aircraft, as defined in G.S. 63-1, that is mechanically 1 driven or launched into flight and that meets all of the following requirements:
a. Is flown solely for hobby or recreational purposes.
b. Is not used for payment, consideration, gratuity, or benefit, directly or indirectly charged, demanded, received, or collected, by any person for the use of the aircraft or any photographic or video image produced by the aircraft.
(3) Unmanned aircraft. – An aircraft, as defined in G.S. 63-1, that is operated without the possibility of human intervention from within or on the aircraft and that does not meet the definition of model aircraft.
(4) Unmanned aircraft system. – An unmanned aircraft and associated elements, including communication links and components that control the unmanned aircraft that are required for the pilot in command to operate safely and efficiently in the national airspace system.
(b) General Prohibitions. – Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person, entity, or State agency shall use an unmanned aircraft system to do any of the following:
(1) Conduct surveillance of:
a. A person or a dwelling occupied by a person and that dwelling’s curtilage without the person’s consent.
b. Private real […]

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Personal Injury Cases – Leveraging Private Investigators To Win Big

John Doe was traveling through downtown Greensboro on a Sunday afternoon but just as they entered the intersection they got hit broadside by another vehicle traveling approximately 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.  The fire department comes to cut them out of the car and they live but not without extensive injuries.  The investigative officer isn’t sure who had the green light so he lists it on the report as “unable to determine” for contributing circumstances on both drivers.  The defendant’s insurance company backs their client’s story and denies coverage for the Doe’s vehicle or injuries.  What now??

This is an actual case, albeit I don’t know that there are any “Doe” families in this world, it would be funny to have that last name.  But back to the story, you are in a classic he said/she said and must prove that the plaintiffs were less than 1% contrib.

I will draw some inferences which I believe are most likely accurate:

You care deeply for your clients and want to help them financially but also to give them closure and an understanding of what happened in an accident that they do not remember.
As a personal injury attorney, you most likely work on contingency for your clients.  However, your hourly rate would most likely equate somewhere between $250 – $450/hour depending on location.
Your time is valuable and you must be very strategic in what cases you pursue or risk a loss of billable hours.
When you call an officer, witness or the defendant (when not represented), you are often met with resistance or your calls are just plain ignored.

Utilizing a private investigator for personal injury cases can be a major advantage to your firm, the case […]

By |November 16th, 2013|Categories: Private Investigations||Comments Off on Personal Injury Cases – Leveraging Private Investigators To Win Big

Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Private Investigator

There are so many reasons to hire an investigator than  most people think.  The common case that most  associate is the “cheating spouse” but for many firms that  is only a small segment of their business. Our company  conducts many different investigations for corporations,  law firms, insurance companies and private individuals.  At any given point we may be actively working cases  ranging from a traffic accident, slip/fall, child custody,  criminal defense or conducting skip traces and asset  searches.  Maybe it’s the mystique or just the availability of  information but it seems now more than ever we have  clients who think they can do our jobs just as easily on their own.  Notice I called them “clients’ because they often wind up calling us when they quickly realize the complexity often involved or the time that it takes to work a case effectively.  So, we have put together our Top 8 reasons to use a private investigator (instead of going it alone):

Experience – Most investigators have extensive experience in law enforcement, military intelligence and/or other backgrounds related to the profession.  This translates into specific training and on-the-job exposure to interview & interrogation, constitutional law, surveillance and investigative techniques, evidence handling, testifying in court and many other critical skills.
Neutrality – An ethical private investigator will always remain unbiased throughout any case, operating as a fact finder and never sacrificing their integrity, morals or violating the law in their processes to obtain information.  Evidence obtained by conducting investigations yourself can sometimes be inadmissible, or at a minimum will create more challenges for your attorney.  Saving money now may not give you a return on your investment when the court proceedings begin.  An attorney will not want to put your […]

By |October 28th, 2013|Categories: Private Investigations||Comments Off on Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Private Investigator