What types of services do Private Investigators Provide?
Private Investigators offer many types of services for individuals, attorneys, insurance companies and businesses. Some types of services include surveillance, the detection of illegally hidden audio and video devices, locating missing persons, background and financial record checks, investigating fraud, claims, etc. Sometimes we are hired just to provide closer and peace of mind.
Why should I hire a private Investigator?
There are many reasons why one would want to hire a private investigator. They can provide valuable information and documentation regarding adultery, a divorce or alimony hearing, or a custody dispute. One may need to locate a missing person for inheritance or to serve a summons, or find a deadbeat spouse who skipped town. Companies may need to investigate fraud, theft, wiretapping, or looking for protection due to an employee termination. Whatever your needs are, talk with an Investigator about your situation and they should be able to provide you with recommendations and options.
What can Private Investigators NOT do?
They cannot pose as a police officers, wiretap phones, audio record in violation of state laws or perform illegal activities during the course of an investigations.
How do I select a Private Investigator?
Do your homework? Make sure they are licensed. Ask for their PI License number and check with the State licensing board to make sure they are current and if they have any complaints. Ask if they have liability insurance and are bonded. Ask if they belong to any professional organizations or affiliations, and check those websites for accuracy. Ask for references.
How much does a Private Investigator cost?
It will vary on the type of services you are looking for. Most private investigators will charge by the hour with a minimum of 4 hours for surveillance work. Electronic device detection is usually charged by the square footage. Travel time, expenses and mileage are almost always additional fees. Some investigators may offer flat fees for services so be sure to ask. A retainer is almost always required prior to the start of any work.
Do Private Investigators provide free consultations?
Most private investigators will provide a free consultation, make recommendations and provide some helpful advice. Note, this is not legal advice and you should consult with an attorney on such matters.
Will my information and case be kept private?
Absolutely. Confidentiality is our number one priority. We will only share our findings with you and/or your attorney, unless instructed by a judge in a civil or criminal litigation. There may be other situations when notification may be necessary (for example, employee background check), but that would be disclosed up front.
What types of payments to do you accept?
We accept cash, bank checks and credit cards. Credit transactions may incur an additional service fee.
Can you testify in court on my behalf, if needed?
Yes. We generally go into every case with the belief that we may have to testify. If a private investigator say that they will not testify in court you may want to find another private investigator. Note, this is usually an addition service fee.
Can you guarantee results?
A reputable private investigator will not guarantee a specific result. Although, we will do everything legally in our power to provide you with the answers you are looking for, sometimes that results of our investigation have a different finding.