Can a P.I. Get Someone's Private Records?

Some attorneys have been surprised to learn I can't just get somebody's police report without any authorization from that person.

We can get our own client's police reports of course, as long as they sign a release we can provide to the police records clerk. Same goes for other types of protected records, like:
  • Medical files
  • Law Enforcement reports
  • School records
  • Employment records
  • Drug rehab files
  • Social Services records
  • Military files
For private records about someone else involved in your client's legal case you'll have to subpoena or get a court order for them. What I can do is help determine whether interesting private records exist and where they're located.