TO perform all assignments and case examinations in a moral, ethical, and legal manner;
TO work entirely within the framework of the law;
TO NOT knowingly support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or firm or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or opposed to those accepted by C U CLEAR or the United States government;
TO NOT knowingly make a false statement of material fact;
TO NOT engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;
TO NOT unlawfully obstruct another party’s access to evidence or unlawfully alter, destroy, or conceal a document or other material having potential evidentiary value and to not counsel or assist another person to do any such act;
TO NOT offer evidence that we know to be false, and if we have offered material evidence and come to know of its falsity, we shall take reasonable remedial measures;
TO NOT falsify evidence or assist a witness to testify falsely, or offer an inducement to a witness that is prohibited by law;
TO immediately inform the appropriate authority when knowledge exists of another private investigator that has committed a violation of the standards of professional conduct, as set forth herewith, that raises a substantial question as to that person’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a private investigator or case examiner in other respects;
TO NOT commit an act that reflects adversely on our honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as an investigator or in other respects;
TO NOT state or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official;
TO verify all paperwork, documents, statements, evidence, and facts that may lead to a wrongful arrest, detention, civil action, or criminal action whether it involves an individual or organization;
IN REGARDS TO OUR FEES, we PLEDGE that our fees shall be reasonable. The factors to be considered in determining the reasonableness of our fee include the following:
• The time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skills requisite to perform the service properly;
• The likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular assignment will preclude us from handling other assignments;
• The fee customarily charged in the locality for similar services;
• The amount of work involved and the result obtained;
• The time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;
• The nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;
• The experience, reputation, and ability of ourselves or others performing the services;
• Whether the fee is fixed or contingent.
When we have not regularly represented the client, the basis or rate of the fee shall be communicated to the client in writing before commencing the assignment. IN REPRESENTING A CLIENT, we SHALL report all facts developed in a case promptly and timely;
We SHALL NOT use means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person;
We SHALL NOT use methods of obtaining evidence that violate the legal rights of a third person;
We SHALL NOT present, threaten to present, or participate in presenting criminal charges solely to obtain advantage in a civil matter;
We SHALL NOT fail to disclose a material fact when disclosure is necessary to avoid assisting a criminal act by our client;
We SHALL NOT enter into a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquire an ownership, security, or other pecuniary interest adverse to a client unless:
• The terms on which we acquire the interest is fair and reasonable to the client and is disclosed in writing to the client in a manner which can be reasonably understood by the client;
• The client is given a reasonable opportunity to seek independent counsel in the transaction;
• The client consents in writing thereto.
We SHALL NOT use facts relating to representation of a client to the disadvantage of the client unless the client consents;
We SHALL NOT prepare an instrument, or take part in an instrument, giving us or a person related to us any substantial gift from a client, including a testamentary gift, except where the client is related to the donee;
We SHALL NOT provide financial assistance to a client in connection with pending or contemplated litigation, except that: we may advance court costs and expenses of litigation, the repayment of which may be contingent on the outcome of the matter; and in representing an indigent client may pay court costs and expenses of litigation on behalf of the client.
We SHALL NOT accept compensation for representing a client from someone other than the client unless the client consents;
We SHALL NOT represent a client if the representation of that client will be directly adverse to another client, unless we reasonably believe it will not adversely affect the relationship with the other client, and each client consents;
We SHALL NOT and under no circumstances pursue nor solicit any of our client resources and/or customers without an invitation or express agreement from our client or if they contact us directly and independently seeking our services.
We PLEDGE to conduct ourselves in a professional, methodical, and business manner;
We FURTHER PLEDGE to place a high value on our image, reputation, and integrity, as well as that of our clients and the investigative industry;
We FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE that we have read and agree to abide by our Code of Ethics transcribed above.