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:
The American Embassy in Moscow isn’t the only place where it’s difficult to hold a private conversation.
According to a local private investigator and former Justice Department official, the business world is also vulnerable to electronic eavesdropping.Details
Thomas Martin of Martin Investigative Services is featured in this news video from ABC News.Details
An alleged crime ring was busted this week in connection with what police say was the theft of $15,000 worth of toy loot, mostly Legos. “Legos are like gold,” Thomas Martin, who runs a private investigative service in southern California, told ABC News today. “Every child wants them; they last forever and are passed down through generations.”Details
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Testimonials for Martin Investigative Services:
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.
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.
Thomas G. Martin is a private investigator who is highly regarded and widely used by attorneys and other clients in Orange County and nationwide.
Tom Martin is thorough, knowledgeable and trustworthy. We have used Tom and his team to great success and will continue to do so.
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.
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!
I have used Martin Investigative Services since returning to the practice of law. Their work is first rate! Their reports are reliable, and if called upon to testify, Martin’s investigators are well prepared and extremely professional.
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.
I have known Tom Martin since 1984. I, as well as our company, have used Tom’s services over 30 years, personal as well as business. We have never been disappointed! Tom does what he says and I believe he is the BEST there is.
My partner and I have utilized the services of Martin Investigative Services for in excess of 15 years. The services provided have ranged from simple background checks to covert surveillance and investigations into corporate malfeasance/conversion/theft of assets.
I have found Martin’s investigators conscientious, qualified, and most important of all, very credible to triers of fact when their testimony was necessary. Critical to any busy trial attorney is time. I have also found that upon turning an assignment over to Martin Investigative Services, I do not have to micromanage the assignment. It is done promptly and efficiently, with an eye toward the financial resources and capabilities of the client.
Successful people know that to be the best, you model the best. I cannot recommend Martin PI any higher! In a five minute conversation with experienced people you can save thousands by bypassing sales types. They do this by cutting directly to the heart based on years and years of passionate pursuit of best practices and adding massive value to their clients. They are an invaluable part of my team and Tom is my most valued mentor!
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.
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