For better or worse, the private investigators found in TV and film have greatly shaped the public perception of what we actually do.
Our investigators are the most skilled in the business, but we can’t perform miracles. If we don’t think we can solve a case, we will not take it on.
When hiring a private investigator, you should know (a) what the plan is, (b) how long it is going to take, and (c) how much it is going to cost.
In the case of a celebrity divorce, when two famous and powerful people in Hollywood go to war in court, each side has the money to hire multiple attorneys, private investigators, forensic accountants, and other experts.
A few years ago, Martin Investigative Services was retained by a celebrity in this situation. When our client disregarded our specific advice, it ended up costing him multiple millions of dollars more in his divorce settlement.
A successful businessman had the gut feeling that his business partner’s death was no accident, and hired us to do a murder investigation, as the local police had not performed any sort of investigation.
As our investigators did their work, it quickly became apparent that the supposed accidental death was actually a murder.
When a family’s 22 year-old son went off his meds, travelled to Mexico City and fell off the radar, the family decided they needed to hire a private investigative agency that had experience with private investigation in Mexico.
By utilizing our contacts in the area and sending an investigator familiar with the area, we were able to locate the son, get him to a hospital, and fly him back home.
When an executive at a multi-billion-dollar corporation was awarded disability payments for worker’s comp claims, we were hired by the insurance company to follow the executive and make sure that his claims were legitimate and no insurance fraud was taking place.
We didn’t know that an otherwise routine surveillance job would lead us from Los Angeles to a surprise trip to Maui.
Not only did we obtain video evidence of the executive (who was clearly not hurt), the evidence was then taken to the Insurance Commissioner by our client, and the executive was arrested for insurance fraud.
In a trial, an expert witness with court experience can make your case. In this video, a former Federal agent discusses a case where the defense was crushed.
Private investigator Thomas Martin talks about a junior investigator that learned how to be a paper server the hard way.
Toothpaste and murder. Not a combination most people would ever see, but then most people aren’t highly trained investigators like Thomas Martin. And in the case of a murder investigation, things usually are always unusual.
When he took a case looking into the disappearance of a client’s nephew in Southern California, Martin approached it with his usual style, knowing anything he found would have to stand up in front of a judge and jury. As the head of an elite team of investigators who are former federal agents, Martin knows that training and experience can be the keys to opening closed doors. Above all, he notes that private investigators should never overlook the obvious.