California Private Investigator
With offices throughout California, Martin Investigative services can help you when you need an experienced private investigator.
Experienced, local California private investigators.
Sometimes special problems arise where you will need an experienced private investigator, with local experience and local contacts, but more importantly, a healthy knowledge of California law.
Martin Investigative Services has over 40 years of professional private investigator experience in California. We employ a network of experienced private investigators who are former Federal agents, and can perform your investigation professionally and discreetly.
Martin Investigative Services has local offices throughout Southern California. We have two local offices in Orange County (in Newport Beach and Mission Viejo), as well as field offices in Los Angeles and San Diego.
Licensed private investigators in the State of California.
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.
At Martin Investigative Services, we know that we can provide the best possible services for you. As former supervisory Federal agents of the US Departments of Justice and Treasury, you will not find another firm in the county 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 there are many choices out there. If you're going to look around, the following guidelines will assist you as you search for a talented private investigator, and help you avoid the many scams that are out there.
How to find a good private investigator in California:
There are many private investigators in California 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.
What private investigators in California typically do:
Private investigators may produce proof that demonstrates the truth behind a situation.
Providing proof that also stands up in court is very important.
California is one of the most litigious states in the country. At Martin Investigative Services, the most common thing we do on a daily basis with our investigations is gather evidence that is also court-admissible. If need be, we also testify in court. We also have two corporate attorneys on retainer that will provide us legal guidance on any issues relative to our civil and criminal cases.
Here are some of the most common things we do:
Cheating spouse investigations:
California is a “no-fault” State. This means you can get a divorce if you don't like your husband's tie or the way your wife brushes her teeth. Here are some facts based on over 30,000 California surveillances.
The main reason people hire us to do surveillance on their mate is finality. When someone picks up the phone and calls one of our four offices in California, they already know there is a problem. With cheating spouse surveillance, 80% of our clients are women, 20% men.
We catch the mate cheating 97% of the time. When we catch the husband cheating, a third of the wives will agree to counseling, a third want a divorce and a third don't know what to do. When we catch the wife, the man gets divorced 99% of the time.
We offer a no-fee consultation for our clients. This is critical to the eventual outcome of the surveillance. We glean important information and offer specific strategies to enhance the success of our efforts. This is why we have four offices to serve clients in California. Be aware of surveillance “experts” who are working out of their apartment or who encourage you to meet them in a local gin mill.
All our surveillance vehicles are equipped with digital photo and video cameras. Often the evidence is placed on the breakfast table the next morning. Others choose to forward the evidence to their attorney, using the evidence to encourage settlement of custody, alimony and asset issues. The evidence rarely falls upon the judge's eyes but can prove to be a valuable negotiating tool.
Background checks, research and surveillance:
With almost any investigation, a private investigator will do some sort of background check or investigation of people. This often includes lovers and potential business partners or companies.
We back these findings up with surveillance. The results from these investigations help people make better decisions based on facts.
Private investigation of companies and potential investments:
California is ripe with investment fraud. Unfortunately, 85% of the clients that retain our services to investigate people or companies do so after they have written a check. They often feel concerned and want us to make their investment feel “warm and fuzzy.”
In California, about 90% of our private investigations, either before or after a client turns over their hard earned money, result in the person or company being illegitimate and engaged in perpetrating a fraudulent scheme. Always investigate before you invest.
Our agency has our own in-house state-of-the-art computer system. We access our system to perform background and asset searches on people, corporations and businesses throughout the United States.
Verification of employee claims / worker's compensation claims:
Insurance companies and business owners often hire us to follow employees who are claiming on-the-job injuries. This is like shooting fish in a barrel. It is very important to avail yourselves of our no-fee consultation.
There are certain days of the week where the odds of catching someone increase dramatically. Having caught thousands of subjects faking injuries, we have an almost fool-proof method for success.
Often we take the case to the insurance commissioner or the fraud division and make every attempt to prosecute them criminally. The most critical element is to catch the person performing an action that negates the alleged injury on three different days.
Assisting law enforcement and reviewing cold cases:
California's law enforcement system is often stretched thin for resources and manpower. We review cold cases in order to help research crimes that have long been forgotten. We can research the cause of fires, murder, accidents and help find the persons responsible. We also often locate and recover lost or stolen property. In addition, we can investigate a crime scene or interview witnesses.
Our expertise is unsurpassed within the current investigative establishment. We have worked numerous high-profile murder cases where our client has been found not guilty. We have successfully completed hundreds of cold cases where we have solved the crime or turned a previously stated murder or suicide in the opposite direction. We have worked criminal cases in all fifty States and numerous foreign countries. Our staff is composed of former supervisory Federal agents of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Treasury.
Recently in California, we followed a subject wherein the evidence collected resulted in both the subject and his girlfriend being arrested for statutory rape.
We were successful in getting a wife arrested who shot and killed her husband but was previously never prosecuted. We have been successful hundreds of times in corporate America through our expertise in the art of interview and interrogation. We have successfully gathered evidence where an employee has stolen money, time or products, which results in their arrest and prison time. All our private investigators are experts, not only in California, but all fifty states in Federal, State and local courts.
Corporate security and bug sweeps:
Over the past 20 years, corporate espionage and internal leaks of information have become more and more common with the advancement of technology and the Internet. We regularly provide bug sweeps (debugging) of homes and businesses. We also work with companies and corporations to safeguard offices, computers, property, people and information.
Our staff is very comfortable working on corporate fraud and espionage cases. We provide proactive guidelines to prevent such damage and are fully prepared when a company, not using our advice, is attacked. We have computer technicians that can evaluate any system.
Our offices are fully equipped to perform electronic eavesdropping detection sweeps on homes, businesses and vehicles. During the past five years, we have seen a dramatic increase in illegal monitoring devices being imported from foreign countries. This, coupled with the people who want an unfair advantage, has increased the number of devices found from 4% in 2006 to 16% currently.
Finding missing people:
Our own in-house computer system finds people about 99% of the time.
The system is driven by four factors. You must have either (1) an uncommon name, (2) a date of birth, (3) a social security number, or (4) a last known address within ten years.
Unless your subject is a drug addict or is simply living on someone's couch, they will be located. If we can't find them, they won't be found.
A missing person is often someone who has been disconnected from family and friends. They generally fall in the same category as a straight-forward locate.
A runaway is a totally different matter than a simple locate case. Our private investigators have recovered numerous runaways through our expertise in profiling the subject. Each case and person that “runs” can be traced using many of our proven methods. Never let more than 4 hours pass before you contact law enforcement. Don't feel you are bothering them. Never let more than 48 hours go by before you contact a competent private investigator.
Conveniently located California offices:
Forty years of press.
National, local. Print and television.
Why choose Martin Investigative Services? Here's why:
Former Federal agents.
Perform your case.
Former Supervisory Federal agents of the DEA, FBI, IRS, and Secret Service agents perform your case and deliver the results to you.
40+ years experience.
High success rate.
We provide quality investigative services with an unmatched success rate. We provide you with confidence and peace of mind.
Print & TV.
You may have read about Martin Investigative Services in The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, or The Wall Street Journal, or seen us on national and local TV news.
Evidence that stands up.
Our experienced investigators provide court-admissible evidence that can make all the difference in a trial.
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No job too big or too small.
Just call us, and let us know what's on your mind. Either we can help, or we can point you in the right direction.
Be it business or personal, effective private investigation helps you avoid the bad decisions that ultimately cost money.
High success rate.
Over the last 40 years, our private investigation has helped individuals and businesses resolve all types of problems and issues.
Friendly & approachable.
The idea of calling a private investigator can be intimidating. You will find us friendly and down-to-earth.
We help you with the next steps.
After you find out the truth, no matter what the outcome is - we can help you with the next steps.