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Legal Aspects of Private Investigations: Online

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.

Topics include:

Civil and Criminal Liability • Common Legal Issues Private Investigations • Law Enforcement Notification Requirement • Law and Policy on Records Restrictions • Principles of Evidence Collection, Analysis, and Presentation • Court Procedure • Court Preparation • Witnesses and the Court • The Investigator as Witness


This Internet-based training program includes the following S2 Online Academy lessons:

No. Lesson ID Lesson Title Presentation Time
1 INV 103 Liability and Other Legal Issues in Private Investigation 1h 48m
2 INV 108 Major Law and Policy on Records Restrictions 59m 44s
3 INV 113 Principles of Evidence Collection, Analysis, and Presentation 1h 50m
4 INV 116 Preparation and Presentation for Formal Hearings and the Courts 2h 55m

Total completion time for this course is approximately 8 hours.

Testing And Documentation

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.

Student Comments

"I found this course to be very informative.
  F. Coleman, II

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Restriction Level:
Level 1 - Open to the Public

Private Investigators

Expected Completion Time:
8 hours

20 questions, multiple-choice

System Requirements:
PC: Windows 98 or above
Macintosh: OS X or above
Linux: Flash 7 browser plugin & accelerated X
Browser capable of supporting Flash Player 7 Macromedia Flash Player 7 or later - Click here to get the latest version of Flash Player.
128 MB RAM
Pentium III 600 MHz or faster processor / OR Mac G4 600 MHz or faster Audio capability
High speed Internet - ADSL, Cable, T1+ (>=512 kBps)

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