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

Some attorneys have been surprised to learn I can’t 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

  • Drug rehab files

  • Social Services records

  • Military files

  • Employment records

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, where they’re located, and how to subpoena them.