Private Investigators

Where a private investigator is the subject of a complaint or investigation, it is critical to engage knowledgeable and experienced licensing counsel before responding. Many times counsel can assist a private investigator in responding effectively to the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, a branch of the Department of Consumer Affairs, which can result in the investigation being closed with no formal accusation. However, private investigators have on average only two and a half months before the Bureau completes their investigation. Strategic Plan. The anxiety and expense of defending a formal accusation before the Bureau can be extraordinary. If a formal accusation is filed, a copy of that charging document will be posted on the Bureau's website, which can adversely affect an office or employee’s reputation even where the allegations are later proven to be without merit. What an attorney can do for you now.

The Bureau takes all allegations of misconduct against private investigators seriously, and it has indicated increased enforcement is a priority in its last strategic plan. Strategic Plan. If you receive a call or visit from a Bureau investigator, a letter from the Bureau, or an accusation or statement of issues before the Bureau, you should immediately contact an attorney with experience representing private investigators in licensing investigations and proceedings. The attorneys at Rothschild Wishek & Sands, LLP can assist you in responding to the Bureau before an accusation is filed, and can defend you before the Bureau in an administrative proceeding.

In many cases our professional licensing clients have engaged in no misconduct but instead are the target of an unjust complaint or an unfortunate misunderstanding. In other cases, including matters where a client is chemically dependent or has made an uncharacteristic mistake, we will work with clients to establish mitigating circumstances which may result in no discipline, probation with a stayed license penalty, or a shorter license suspension. In most cases where we are engaged during an investigation we will submit a detailed analysis of the allegations to the investigator along with evidence to support our client's position that no misconduct occurred or that license discipline is unwarranted.

If you have already been the subject of discipline and your license was revoked you may be able to petition for reinstatement of your license. If you are an applicant with a concern about a criminal history or past problems, we can assist you in crafting an application packet to give you the best chance of obtaining a license.

The attorneys at Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP have experience representing professionals before a variety of California boards and agencies and are well versed in the administrative process. For private investigators and applicants facing allegations of professional misconduct before the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, contact Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP for knowledgeable and effective representation.


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