Frequently Asked Questions...
Hiring a private investigator can be very nerve-racking. From "Do I really an investigator?" to "How much is it going to cost and what should my expectations be?" are all reason to give someone pause before making the call.
Below I try and address the most common questions and misconceptions I've encountered in my many years of investigative work.
Do I really need to hire a private investigator? Can't I just do what they do on my own?
Answer: Private investigators in Oklahoma are legally required to be trained, licensed and carry a bond/insurance. Hiring a private investigator is the first step to ensuring your needs are handled by a professional. Trying to 'go it on your own' has many pitfalls. For one, you may actually be breaking the law while conducting your own investigation.
What are the benefits of hiring a private investigator?
Answer: You are hiring a trained, licensed, professional. You are hiring someone who values your privacy and will handle your needs without divulging your identity or case details. You are placing a third party in the direct role of handling your needs - this helps to ensure that nobody knows you're involved in the case. Licensed investigators have access to databases and resources the general public does not have access to. Investigators are unbiased in their approach to your needs and will work your case without the fear of an emotional connection that could influence their judgement. Information obtained by private investigators is usually admissible in court.
How much does it cost to hire a private investigator?
Answer: The cost to hire a private investigator depends on the services required. Things like simple background checks or skip traces can usually be quoted at a set rate. Services like surveillance and interviews are usually quoted at an hourly rate. Hourly rates vary depending on several factors; total time required, immediacy, difficulty of achieving the client's goal, liability concerns, etc. In general, hourly rates tend to range from $45-$100/hr. In some cases a set rate may be quoted.