FREE Private Investigator Trivia Questions and Answers


Steve works as a salesclerk in a store. One day, he watches an old detective show on TV and decides he wants to be a "Private Investigator," even though he has never worked as one before. Though he never pretends to be licensed, he buys camera gear, wears an old trench coat, and solicits people for his investigation services. Steve makes some big mistakes because he doesn't have enough experience, and his angry clients report him to BSIS. What could be done about Steve?

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Before December 2011, BSIS didn't have the power to enforce the Private Investigator Act when it was broken in a minor way. Operating without a P.I. license is an example of a misdemeanor crime. All of the cases of people doing things without a license were cleared up by (1) sending an educational letter or (2) sending the case to the local District Attorney's office. Also, BSIS could only give notice to appear tickets for violations if the violation happened in front of a staff member.

Today, the California Code of Regulations (CCR) 601.6 (a) says that BSIS can issue a citation to any unlicensed person who is acting as a licensee, registrant, permit holder, or certificate holder under the Bureau's jurisdiction and who is not exempt from licensure in any other way. Each ticket can come with an administrative fine of up to $5,000 and, if necessary, an Order of Abatement (cease and desist).

An object or thing is this form of admissible evidence, which must be proven through witness testimony:

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Real evidence is a type of admissible evidence in which an object or thing is presented to the court for consideration. Examples of real evidence may include weapons, documents, or physical objects found at the scene of a crime. Real evidence must be authenticated, and its relevance and significance established by the testimony of a witness who can identify and explain the object or thing in question.

Choose the statement about private investigators that is most accurate.

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To safeguard the rights and privacy of those who may be the subject of an investigation, private investigators must also guarantee they comply with all applicable local, state, and federal privacy laws.

Which of the following screening models can assist in determining if a home break-in warrants a follow-up investigation?

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Different models are used for different types of crimes by departments that use these tools.

Which question is irrelevant while establishing investigative solvability?

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Typically, such situations require a follow-up investigation.

Canada's criminal justice laws, policies, and procedures are described in this federal legislation.

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The Criminal Code of Canada is a federal law that outlines Canada's criminal rules and procedures. It is a significant piece of legislation that governs the criminal justice system and defines criminal offenses and their penalties. The Criminal Code covers many crimes, including theft, assault, fraud, drug offenses, and many others. It also sets out the rules and procedures for the investigation, prosecution, and trial of criminal cases in Canada.

The oral statement of a witness who testifies to what they know about the case is this form of admissible evidence:

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Testimony is a witness's oral evidence under oath in a court of law. Testimony is considered admissible evidence in legal proceedings and establishes facts about a case. Witnesses who testify may be called by either the prosecution or defense. They are expected to tell the truth and provide accurate information about what they know related to the case. Testimony can be a crucial part of a case and may be used to support or contradict other forms of evidence, such as documents or physical evidence.

Corporation XYZ hires Thomas, a private investigator, to look into the backgrounds of people who want to work for the company. Which of the following should you know before asking for a consumer credit report for a job?

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In January 2012, 1785.20.5 (a) of the California Civil Code was changed to say, "Before requesting a consumer credit report for employment purposes, the user of the report shall provide written notice to the person involved. The notice must tell the person that a report will be used, and it must explain why the report is being used, based on Section 1024.5(a) of the Labor Code. The notice must also tell the person where the report came from and have a box, they can check to get a copy of their credit report. If the consumer says he or she wants a copy of the report, the user must ask for a copy to be sent to the person when the user asks the credit reporting agency for its own copy. The report must be given to the user and the subject person at the same time, and the subject person shouldn't have to pay for it.

Making an unreasonable risk and recklessly hurting someone is what is meant by:

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Negligence is a legal concept that refers to the failure to exercise reasonable care in a particular situation, which results in harm or injury to another person or entity. Negligence involves a breach of duty of care owed by one party to another, and the failure to take reasonable steps to prevent harm that could have been foreseen. In order to prove negligence, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant owed a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused injury or damage to the plaintiff as a result of the breach. Negligence can arise in a variety of contexts, including personal injury cases, medical malpractice, and business or commercial disputes.

A division of the small claims court is the:

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The Small Claims Court is a branch of the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario, Canada. The Small Claims Court is designed to provide an accessible, affordable, and simplified process for resolving disputes involving amounts up to $35,000. The court is intended to be user-friendly and encourage parties to represent themselves without needing a lawyer. A judge hears Small Claims Court cases, and the process is generally quicker and less formal than in other courts.

The legal concept of one person's liability for another person's acts is

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The police attempt to acquire information following the initial report, which they continue until the case is ready for prosecution, is known as ______.

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This is considered when deciding if more inquiry is needed.

If you owe money to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) or the State Board of Equalization (BOE) and your name appears on either the FTB or the BOE's certified listings of the top 500 tax delinquencies over $100,000, BSIS is obligated to ______.

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On July 1, 2012, AB 1424 goes into effect. Under AB 1424, BSIS has to turn down an application for a license and a licensee who owes taxes to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) or the State Board of Equalization (BOE) and is on one of the FTB or BOE's certified lists of the top 500 tax delinquencies over $100,000.

Once an applicant or licensee is on the certified list, they have 90 days from the time a preliminary notice of suspension is sent to either pay all taxes owed or work out a payment plan with the FTB or BOE. If this person doesn't get in line, his or her license will be denied or suspended until the BSIS gets a release from the FTB or BOE.

This provincial law establishes the procedures for gathering, preserving, and presenting evidence under Ontario's provincial and municipal bylaws.

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The Ontario Evidence Act primarily sets out the rules for the admissibility of evidence in court proceedings in Ontario. It establishes the types of evidence that can be presented in court, the standards for determining the relevance and reliability of evidence, and the procedures for submitting and challenging evidence. While the Act applies to all types of court proceedings in Ontario, including those involving provincial and municipal bylaws, it does not explicitly address collecting, preserving, or presenting evidence related to bylaw enforcement. Other provincial or municipal legislation, policies, or procedures may cover these issues.

Which statement is accurate about employment refusal due to consumer credit report information?

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Depending on what the P.I. agency does, it could be seen as a consumer credit reporting agency.

As of January 1, 2012, 1785.20.5(b) of the California Civil Code was changed to say: "When a consumer's employment is denied in whole or in part because of information in a consumer credit report from a consumer credit reporting agency, the user of the consumer credit report shall notify the consumer against whom the adverse action has been taken and provide the name and address or addresses of the consumer credit reporting agency making the information available." No one can be held responsible for breaking this section if they can show with a majority of the evidence that, at the time of the alleged violation, they took reasonable steps to make sure they were following this section.

There are several options for follow-up inquiry provided by the police department's __________ information sources.

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This is an important internal information source.

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