“Predators know where to find prey,” says Thomas G. Martin, private investigator and former federal agent with the U.S. Department of Justice. “To a con artist, dating sites are a huge pool of potential marks putting themselves out there, looking for love [and] sometimes a little too willing to suspend disbelief and common sense.”Details
When critical problems arise, call on private investigators with local experience, local contacts, and a healthy knowledge of California law.
Martin Investigative Services (State License # PI 9077) is a licensed private investigation agency. Whether you choose us or another firm, always make sure your firm is licensed and legitimate.
Not all private investigators in California are the same.
As Martin Investigative Services is comprised of former supervisory Federal agents of the US Departments of Justice and Treasury, you will not find another firm in the country that has the level of surveillance and interrogation expertise that we do.
We strongly encourage that you contact us for a free, confidential consultation.
However, we realize you have many choices. If you’re going to look around, the following guidelines will assist you as you search, and help you avoid some of the many scams that are out there.
How to find a good private investigator:
In California, there are many private investigators, but there are really only a handful of talented, experienced and ethical ones.
If you don’t ask some basic questions, you may end up hiring someone who is out to rip you off.
The best way to hire a private investigator is by referral. Begin by asking trusted friends or colleagues if they have ever hired a private investigator, and more importantly, if they were satisfied with the services they received.
Given the personal nature of many cases, it might be difficult to find someone that has personal experience with a local private investigator. In that case, you may want to go beyond a basic Google search and try some of the following methods:
The duty agent at your local FBI, police department or sheriff’s department.
Your local law enforcement agencies will often have experience working with some of the more professional private investigators in California and, based on their experience, they may be able to recommend a few to you. Also, hiring a private investigator with good contacts in law enforcement certainly can’t hurt!
Investigators working at the District Attorney’s office and criminal defense lawyers.
Attorneys in California know full well the importance of working with private investigators can provide court-admissible evidence. Only experienced private investigators can provide this.
The California Association of Licensed Investigators.
This is a good starting point, however most associations like this will only list paying members. Private investigators are not required to join these associations and many of the talented ones (including us) do not.
Why choose Martin Investigative Services? Here’s why:
High success rate.
40+ years experience.
We provide quality investigative services with an unmatched success rate. We provide you with confidence and peace of mind.
Former Federal agents.
Experience & training.
Our network is composed of private investigators that are former DEA, FBI, IRS, and Secret Service agents.
Our friendly staff can help with your issue, or point you in the right direction. The consult is free and confidential.
Evidence that stands up.
Our experienced investigators provide court-admissible evidence that can make all the difference in a trial.
Martin in the news:
Cellphone numbers are slowly becoming personal identifiers – a role all-important social security and national numbers have fulfilled for decades. But these mobile gateways to your life are left unprotected in an age of hacking, data mining, and sheer negligence.Details
See all press items.
Testimonials for Martin Investigative Services:
Tom Martin is thorough, knowledgeable and trustworthy. We have used Tom and his team to great success and will continue to do so.
Partner Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
I have known Tom Martin and used his services for many years. I trust him with the most challenging investigative tasks.
Professional and efficient, he and his staff leave no stone unturned to get the job done.
Trial Lawyer, Former President of California's Trial Bar
Martin Investigative Services is truly one of the best run organizations we have worked with. Fair, efficient and professional. Tom Martin in particular exudes confidence and experience and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. That’s something we can rely on.
Kreative Webworks, Inc. Organizational Resources Specialist
I have known Tom Martin and used Martin Investigative Services for over a decade. They have been our exclusive resource for all our corporate investigative work and have never let us down once in all those years. Their work has always been of the highest professional level.
I have no reservations whatsoever in endorsing Mr. Martin and his firm. Their service to us has always reflected the highest integrity and quality and we continue to rely on Tom with the utmost confidence.
President & CEO Co-Pak Packaging Corp. Ontario, Canada
I’ve represented individuals and businesses (international and local) for close to fifty years, and I’ve called on Martin Investigative Services more times than I can count, often on a rush basis, for help throughout the world, on a number of different types of assignments. I’ve never been disappointed. I’ve always received swift, cost-effective and USEFUL information, which has wound up “saving the bacon” of our clients and making us shine in their eyes. I recommend them without any reservation.
Attorney at Law Callahan Thompson Sherman & Caudill, LLP
Thomas G. Martin is a private investigator who is highly regarded and widely used by attorneys and other clients in Orange County and nationwide.
We have used Martin Investigative Services for three decades. Their work is exemplary; reports are perfect and their testimony is very professional, with great judge and jury appeal. We will not use anyone else for our investigations.
Former Orange County Trial Lawyer Association Trial Lawyer of the Year
Martin Investigative Services has performed background checks, private investigation, surveillance and bug sweeps for our clients. They have also served difficult process in lawsuits. They have performed unquestionably and unfailingly to perfection. We will always call Martin first – and hope he hasn’t been called yet by the other side!
Hughes and Hughes, LLP
It has been my pleasure to work with Martin Investigative Services over the past 30 plus years on many investigations as well as other security related matters. When I need answers and I need them fast I know that a simple call will get me answers that are succinct, current and coming from a supremely knowledgeable source.
President & CEO Patrol One
I have used Martin Investigative Services for everything from marital indiscretions to finding hidden assets for more than 25 years. Working with Mr. Martin has been invaluable to my practice. Tom Martin is insightful, creative and never fails to deliver. I endorse his firm without hesitation or reservation.
Attorney at Law
I am proud to state that I have exclusively used the professional services of Tom Martin and his firm for more than 20 years. Whenever the need arises for a private investigator, the only name that I consider for my clients is Tom. In my 40 year career as a family lawyer, I recognized the importance of professional investigators. Unfortunately, many of the investigators that I have encountered have not satisfied the professional standard that I expect. I have utilized the firm in some very delicate and discrete investigations and situations requiring a strong security presence. In every engagement, both my clients and myself have been completely satisfied. I have I have no reservations in endorsing Tom and his firm for any investigative assignments.
Attorney and Firm Principal Hughes & Hughes, LLP
I have used Thomas Martin’s services for many years and have found his work to be of the highest standards. He gets the job done quickly, efficiently and reliably. He is aware of the law and always submits quality reports. I highly recommend Martin Investigative Services to any attorney, business or individual who is in need of a professional investigator.
Attorney at Law
Read more testimonials.