Answers about Virginia Private Investigations

Q. I have never hired a Private Investigator before, how does this work?

A. While what you are going through may be a difficult and confusing time in your life, the process of allowing us to help you is pretty simple. We always maintain complete privacy and confidentiality for our Clients. We take the time to understand what you are going through and figure out how we can help you. In most cases our efforts will involve surveillance and other Investigative activities to document the facts on what is going on.

Q. What does all this cost? Do I have to pay a fee before the Investigation is started?

A. Yes, you will need to pay a retainer up front before the Investigation is started. Once the retainer is paid, you will work directly with your Investigative team to make decisions on how you want your Investigation to go. All Investigative costs and activities are billed against the retainer you paid. If we get the information you need prior to the retainer being used up, the balance is refunded to you. Likewise if you have used up the full amount of the retainer and need to keep the Investigation going, you will need to replenish the balance of the retainer. As far as cost goes, it depends on the company you contact and the area of Virginia they primarily operate in. You can expect the hourly rate for surveillance to be in the range of $60 to $125 an hour. The rate for other, more complex and technically demanding cases such as Criminal Defense, Wrongful Death etc will demand higher rates.

Q. If I initiate an Investigation, are people going to know?

A. No, we always maintain complete Client privacy and confidentiality. We only release information or discuss your circumstances with those YOU authorize.

Q. How can I pay for your services?

A. We mostly use PayPal which allows you to use any credit or debit card. We can with proper arrangements accept cash or check.

Q. Once I authorize an Investigation, how and when will I know what is happening?

A. We always work directly with our Clients and plan out every step of the Investigation. We do not just take your money and start doing things. Our Clients are always directly involved with their Investigation. All of our Investigations are a team/partnership approach with the entire Investigative team working directly with our Client. There are no suprises when it comes to the Investigative plan.

 Q. I think my spouse is cheating and I want to go to court and prove Adultery, what is required to prove Adultery in Virginia?

A. In Virginia to prove Adultery in a Court of law you need to document or satisfy two "elements". The first of these "elements" is affection. Affection is defined by the court to be affection that is obviously more than two friends or family members saying hello or goodbye. The second element is "opportunity" meaning the oppoprtunity to act on the affection. The "opportuntiy" is generally documenting the spouse and the other party in a hotel room, residence etc for an extended period of time such as over night or for several hours.

Q. I think my ex-spouse is not following the court orders for visitation or is lying about their income and avoiding child support?

A. When we take on an Investigation involving the verification someone is or is not following the court ordered visitation rules and/or is claiming they cannot pay child support due to employment issues, we work with our Clients to conduct an in depth investigation that will involve surveillance. The goal is to document what is going on and if it turns out to be true that the orders are not being followed or the claim of employment difficulties are untrue, we provide court ready documentation to show what is really going on.