Q & A with the owner Nanette Cabral
First up in our investigator spotlight series, our owner and Queen Gladiator, Nanette Cabral. Nanette took some time to answer questions we received from our social media friends and emails.
What made you want to become a private investigator?
To be honest with you, I never knew what a private investigator was until I started working for the public defenders office. I was curious when I saw the job posting and decided to apply – and got it! I soon came to find that the love of being a private investigator was bigger and more satisfying for me than any other position in the criminal justice field I’d worked in.
How do you become a private investigator?
The requirements vary from state to state so be sure to check with the state authorities. In Massachusetts you must have experience in investigations or police work among other things. You can see all of the basic requirements on the Mass.gov website.
What type of person does it take to be a good private investigator?
There are some things you just can’t teach. You can teach the trade and the tools but it takes a special person to see the entire picture. To look beyond the evidence in front of them, beyond the person being interviewed, beyond the crime scene pictures, to obtain the entire truth. You cannot teach or learn to have passion and intuition. You need to be clever and quick thinking, you must be able to put your own feelings and opinions aside – no matter the type of case you’re working. Remaining objective and laser focused solely on the truth when faced with sometimes horrific crimes, is not a trait common to many.
Does hiring a licensed private investigator over an unlicensed one really matter?
Absolutely it matters! You cannot practice as a private investigator if you do not have a state issued license in all but 5 states I believe. When someone is licensed, it holds them liable if something goes wrong. A licensed private investigator will have experience, qualifications and knowledge needed to conduct proper investigations. Our license allows us to work with attorneys and testify in court as as expert witness.
Is the investigation confidential?
Absolutely. It’s the same as hiring an attorney. We are bound by the same type of confidentiality code and it is explained within our services contract. Regardless of the specific case, we have the utmost respect for our clients privacy at all times.
Who were your role models growing up?
I loved the character Jamie Sommers on “The Bionic Woman” and of course, “Wonder Woman”. I also loved and had a passion for “Charlie’s Angels” and “Police Woman” with Angie Dicksonson.
What do films and television shows get wrong about being a private investigator?
I always see the typical stereotype of someone in a car with binocular or in a corner watching someone to taking pics of a cheating spouse. While private investigators do work cases involving infidelity, there are many other types of cases we handle. Here at CIS, we primarily handle criminal defense cases. We conduct confidential investigations that include evidence collection, crime scene reenactments, locating and interviewing witnesses, working with attorneys and testifying in court. The media doesn’t accurately portray the extent of the work we actually do, the information we have access to and the types of situations we are involved in.
Any advice to young girls out there thinking about going into criminal justice?
Although I personally feel private investigation belongs to a branch of criminal justice, it is not commonly recognized as a criminal justice field. The path I took didn’t involve getting a degree, I came to the United States and worked long and hard to gain experience and respect. I worked my way from the ground up in the police force to building my own private investigation company. I do recommend young girls today interested in private investigations go after a degree in criminal justice or start interning as soon as possible to gain the experience. Take as many extra classes as you can. Intern where you can, don’t wait for your “dream internship”. Gain knowledge and experience in as many areas of criminal justice as you can. You may be surprised at what sparks a passion you never knew you had before. As we grow and learn, so do some of our passions and priorities. Don’t sell yourself short and always carry yourself with confidence.
It is our hope with this blog to help answer questions, concerns and give a little insight into what Cabral Investigation Services is about. Feel free to give us a call for a free consultation at 857-417-2053 or shoot us an email. If there is a topic or concern you’d like to see addressed on our blog, send an email on over to cd@cabralinvestigationservices