Can a Private Investigator “Bluff” during an interview, while questioning a suspect or to gain more information? Can a private investigator lie?
There is such a a thing as “permissible deception” and P.I.’s can use that. Heck, even the police can use permissible deception! Yes! There are times when the police can lie!
Lying is a direct offense against the truth and a violation of the commandment “Thou shall not bear false witness.”
It is a serious thing to lie. It is a sin.
What is lying?
Lying is misleading a person who has the right to know the truth. The key here is if the person “has the right to know”.
The requirement to reveal the truth is not unconditional!
If they don’t have a right to know, they may not be entitled to the truth!
A drug dealer has no right to know the guy buying drugs from him is an undercover cop.
The drug dealer has sacrificed his “right to know” by committing a crime.
If an angry mob comes to your door asking if you are hiding a person they hate, you can be “deceitful” and not tell them the truth. They do not have right to know because they intend to harm this person.
Looking at the bigger picture…
There are moral absolutes.
And I’m convinced, after studying and praying on this, that one may never commit an evil, even to try to gain a “good” out of it.
A sin is always a sin. And while there can be mitigating circumstances that may lessen the culpability of the sinner (ie. habit, ignorance, etc.), a sin is still a sin and goes against God’s will. Therefore sin should be avoided at all cost.
The mere fact that you are reading this says you take this very seriously and I commend you on that! I take it seriously as well!
In the end you have to form and inform your conscious then follow it.
Remember: Do the right thing even if it’s the hard thing.
Committed to your success,
Larry Kaye, P.I.
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P.P.S. – And you understand I’m not a lawyer and nothing here is legal advice, right?