Can A Felon Even Be A Private Investigator?


My ex-husband recently got released from prison. He sought me out and we shared a coffee. He was very apologetic, said he wasn’t going to try and reenter our kids’ lives without my blessing, and would leave my new husband alone. It all sounded nice, but I’ve heard it all before.

So, I decided to test his sincerity by pressing him on the child support he was woefully behind on. He said he was going to pick up a business one of his former fellow inmates had to abandon while behind bars himself.

Can a felon even be a private investigator?” I asked immediately, when he told me the line of work it was in. I was shocked.

He was confused, as he hadn’t thought about it. He had just leaped at any chance to get work after being out.

We looked into it together with our former family lawyer, and it turns out that in our state, that’s a big no-no. So, he wound up just taking over that business as an office manager and contracting out the actual PI work to legitimate professionals. The child support checks are coming, and he gets supervised visits with the kids every other Saturday.