Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies issues admonishment to Texas based Colorado private investigator licensee
y Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
On or about January 26, 2017, Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) reviewed a complaint regarding Patrick Baird, a Granbury, Texas based private investigator who has held a Colorado level 2 license since June 16, 2015.
According to public records, around September 26, 2016, Baird pled guilty to calling and leaving over twenty voicemail messages with a client in a single afternoon. The Harris County District Court in the State of Texas sentenced him to two days of confinement and a $250 fine.
Baird admitted the violations to DORA’s Office of Private Investigator Licensure Program Director, Mark Browne who cited several licensing regulation sections including 12-58.5-109 which includes stalking and failing to meet generally accepted standards of practice in private investigation.
After he was fined an additional $250 by the State of Colorado --plus an additional 15% surcharge, bringing his total Colorado fees to $287.50-- Baird was issued an Admonishment for failing to meet generally accepted standards of the practice of private investigations.
He was warned that such conduct would lead to formal action against his license including probation, suspension or revocation, should it recur.
DORA and the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) require disclosure of public documents which, according to their website, "are generally defined as an existing written or electronic document made, maintained or kept by a state agency for use in a government function or purpose."
The Order, signed by Baird as well as Browne, is now a public record in the custody of the Director which is how it was obtained for the article.
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