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On The Lookout Investigations Voted “Best Of” Investigations Company By Legal Community

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best of investigations companyFor the third consecutive year, DGR’s sister company, On The Lookout Investigations, has been voted the “Best Of” in private investigations companies in New Jersey by the legal community in the annual New Jersey Law Journal “Best Of” survey.

Anyone who works at a law firm is eligible to cast their vote in the survey, which covers a broad range of legal support service providers, from litigation support to financial services to technology.

“Since launching On The Lookout Investigations in 2010 we’ve heard great feedback from our client base”, says Jerry Colasurdo, President and owner of DGR. “We work hard to make sure our pricing is competitive and clients are getting the information and evidence they need to move forward with cases, settle if possible and win trials.   We know there are plenty of private investigations companies in New Jersey and we’re honored to be recognized as one of the best by the legal community.”

On The Lookout Investigations offers a full range of investigative services, including asset searches, surveillance, witness statements and skip tracing. On The Lookout’s sister company, DGR, also won in the “Best Of” survey in the categories of process service and messenger service.


5 Common Misconceptions About Private Investigators

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The life of a PI is glamorous, exciting and dangerous.

We’ve all seen the movies and know the image private investigators are given. The truth is, that image isn’t very accurate. While it can be exciting, I don’t know if many PIs would call their job “glamorous”.

When it comes down to what private investigators can and can’t do, the public’s image is just as distorted. Think you know what private investigators can and can’t do? Read this list of 5 common misconceptions to see if you’re right.

1. Private investigators can get bank account information.

Private investigators are able to identify where bank accounts associated with a person are, but what they don’t have access to is specific information about these accounts prior to any judgment. The only way to obtain this information is to go through formal channels and obtain a subpoena. Of course, if the account holder gives you permission you can also check the accounts but that rarely is the case.

 2Private investigators can get phone records.

The same way private investigators don’t have complete access to bank accounts, a private investigator can’t access private phone records without a subpoena.  Recent laws and acts have changed the amount and legitimate ways information can be obtained. What private investigators can do is find out what carrier or person is associated with a given phone number.

3. Private investigators can get social security numbers.

Not always. Without permissible purpose there is no legal way to obtain the social security number of an individual. If a private investigator or a company is telling you they can do this without permissible purpose, they are unequivocally saying they can get you the number illegally.

4. Private investigators charge too much for a complete search – I can get it for $40 online.

Too often people are sucked into purchasing online background checks thinking they are receiving a full report. They hire an individual or merge their business feeling confident they have done their due diligence. Little do they know online searches only turn up so much information.

There is no national database for criminal records, and the only way to obtain a statewide search is through a private investigator or the state police. When conducting a background check online, the searcher is only getting limited results and could be missing out on vital information.

5. Private investigators can record any conversation – so you better watch out!

Wiretapping laws vary across the states, but one thing most have in common is the inability to legally record a conversation without consent from one of the parties. Some states require two-party consent, such as Massachusetts, where you can get a 15 year felony. In other states audio recording is acceptable as long as you are a party to the conversation.  For most cases, it is necessary to obtain a warrant to legally tap a phone or record a conversation, even in a public venue.


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