It is understandable why people outside the world of private investigations would wonder what the average day looks like for a PI. Movies and television shows have portrayed them in fantastically dramatized ways over the last 70 years but as everyone knows, truth is often stranger (or at least very different) than fiction.
For Jonathan Kraut, a private investigator in Santa Clarita Valley, California, there is no such thing as a typical day for a true PI. Kraut is a state-trained private investigator and works for Net Check Investigations in SCV carrying out a whole host of investigative duties in order to find what he and other PI’s consider the most important element of every case they undertake – the truth.
Finding the truth about the cases for which they are hired to solve includes everything from performing behavioral assessments on suspects to performing background checks and working with city officials and attorneys where criminal activity is involved.
According to Kraut, the cases he and many of his colleagues at Net Check take on, “never end up the same way they are initially presented.” That is to say, there is a far greater amount of detail involved at the end of a case than at the beginning, and what seems to be fact when a case is presented is often found to be fiction by the time the case is closed.
If there is any overlap between days in terms of activity, Kraut says it would be the time that he spends running criminal records at the SCV courthouse. He also spends a substantial amount of time meeting with attorneys discussing criminal prosecution and defense cases and even family law.
From years of investigating domestic abuse cases and being a witness in court proceedings for abused women and children, Kraut has accepted a position as a board member of the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley. It is an area of his investigative experience that also led him to write a book on domestic violence called “End the Abuse”, which was originally published in 2004 but which Kraut revised and updated for a second edition this year.