Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about hiring a private investigator? We’ve compiled some of the more common questions and answers. If you do not see your question here, please feel free to contact us.
Law firms, corporations, insurance companies and private parties all have reasons to procure the services of a private investigator.
In the majority of cases, private investigators will charge an hourly rate. Hourly rates can vary. Nearly all investigators will ask for a retainer fee before taking a case.
When contacting an investigator, if discretion is important, you should make sure that you are not using an email or a phone number that you share with others. Additionally, if you are emailing or leaving a voice-mail you should give explicit instructions as to when you would like your message returned.
Although PIs have access to information the general public cannot obtain, they must obey the same basic laws as ordinary citizens. Three big things they can't do:
- Pose as law enforcement officers
- Wire tapping
- Obtain cell phone records via pre-texting
We use techniques that allow us to remain covert. If we feel that the subject has a high level of awareness because of their background or previous experience or is an aggressive driver, we will recommend the appropriate resources or, in some cases, technical surveillance aids such as trackers to enable a successful operation.
Surveillance is an acquired skill requiring a constant, real-time evaluation. If there is any question, we always choose to remain covert.