Hiring a private investigator is a pretty simple process, knowing when you need to hire a private investigator is a little more challenging. There’s a popular misconception that private investigators spy on people, and that’s all they do. There are some cases where surveillance is a big part of what a private investigator does, but not always. A private investigator specializes in gathering information. The type of information I gather depends on the nature of the case. Some types of information I have gathered for my clients are in the past are criminal records, last known addresses, current addresses, makes and models of vehicles for people, locating witnesses, and court records. In other cases of a criminal nature I might be tracking down stolen property, suspects, or interviewing neighbors for clues to criminal activity.
So when should you hire a private investigator? You should hire a private investigator when you’ve exhausted all your resources for getting the information you need, or you just aren’t in a position to get the information yourself. In some cases the information may need to be gathered discreetly and privately, such as in an infidelity case or corporate investigation. In other cases you might need to hire a private investigator to pursue a criminal or civil case where the police or other agencies aren’t making progress, or simply don’t have the resources to pursue it.
Hiring a private investigator is the easy part. After you have assessed the situation and decided to hire a private investigator, it’s a simple as making a phone call or sending an email. When you call me about a case I will need to know what your case is about and who or what is involved. You can explain all this over the phone, or I can come meet with you at location of your choosing. Additionally, you can always email or mail me the information as well. After I assess your case and determine what action needs to be taken, we’ll discuss the costs involved. These costs are posted on my site in the rates section for your review. Once you agree to hire me, the costs are paid up from for some investigations while other long term cases require a retainer. There are no lengthy contracts to review or anything like that, unless you specifically request one. The next part of the process is for us to discuss case updates and outline how often and when you would like to receive them. On long term cases I like to update 3 times a week, while shorter cases may be reported on daily.
That’s as simple as it gets. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me directly and I’ll be happy to discuss them with you:
Joe Sullivan 405-796-6548