Can a PI Get Romantically Involved with a Client?
Posted by Writing PIs on February 14, 2012
Sure, Jake Gittes did it in the movie Chinatown, but in real-life a PI getting involved with a client is a bad idea. Although in many jurisdictions there is no ban against a PI having a romantic relationship with a client, a PI doesn’t want to lose their objectivity in a case — or even appear to have lost that objectivity. It could compromise legal proceedings, the PI’s professional reputation…and if the PI is working on behalf of an attorney, that attorney could lose their license. Why? Because the PI’s conduct is covered by the attorney’s code of professional responsbility.
Juicy stuff for writers. Bad stuff for real-life PIs.
Today Colleen Collins, one of the Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes’s PIs, writes about PIs and the pros and cons of their romantic entanglements at mystery writer Terry Odell’s blog: Lust, Ethics, and the Private Eye. Colleen is also giving away copies of her current mystery, The Zen Man — to be eligible, leave a comment between today, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 17 at Terry’s Place. Two winners’ names will be randomly selected Friday evening and notified by email.
Have a great Valentine’s Day, Writing PIs
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