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What type of action can BSIS undertake? Sam is not a licensed private investigator; however advertises private investigation services in an online phone directory.



A. Issue a citation with an administrative penalty up to $5,000 and an order to cease and desist.
B. BSIS does not have authority over internet advertising; therefore BSIS can do nothing but ask Sam to remove his listing.
C. Notify the local District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
D. Issue a citation with an administrative penalty up to $7,500.

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Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: May 22, 2020

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John Adney

John Adney

Answered Apr 16, 2017

Did I miss something? There was no pre-reading information for this question. Unless I live in the state of California, there is no way of ascertaining what the law is for such an infraction.
 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Dec 29, 2016

Issue a citation with an administrative penalty up to $5,000 and an order to cease and desist.

Today, under California Code of Regulations 601.1 (g), BSIS can issue a citation against the person who advertises without having a P.I. license. What is an advertisement? Under the new regulations, CCR 601.1 (g), defines advertisement as any business card, stationery, brochure, letter, pamphlet, newspaper, periodical, publication, flyer, circular, newsletter, fax form or other writing, radio, television, internet, or similar airwave or electronic transmission, printed or published advertisement in any media form, directory listing, online, or telephone book listing. If the violator uses a telephone directory, BSIS may issue an order of correction requiring the violator to do both of the following under 149: 1. Cease the unlawful advertising. 2. Notify the telephone company furnishing services to the violator to disconnect telephone service furnished to any telephone number contained in the unlawful advertising. A. If the violator fails to disconnect service, BSIS can notify the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the PUC shall require the telephone corporation to disconnect phone service. It also appears this section is limited to In the future, BSIS will probably seek the authority to have the violator contact his/her ISP (Internet Service Provider) or website hosting the advertisement.
 

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