Recently, a client called and requested surveillance for a spousal infidelity matter in Daytona Beach. While speaking with the individual, he stated that he had spoken to another private investigator that had “guaranteed” results. Basically, the other investigator advised the client that they would “nail her cheating”. I told the client he should be wary of any investigator that “promises results”.
When a client hires us to look into any matter, we expend time and resources trying to get to the bottom of the situation. We never know exactly what we will find or exactly how long it will take. Making a blanket statement at the outset that you can guarantee specific evidence will be produced is unprofessional and just plain wrong.
I’ll give you an example. Let’s say a person needs legal representation for a criminal charge. His attorney would never tell him, “I will guarantee you will be found not guilty.” The attorney does his best to effectively represent the individual and the person is paying for the attorney’s time and expertise.
Private investigative work is no different. Asking what we will find or how long it will take is like giving a person a gift and asking them how they like it before they are allowed to open it.
Be cautious when a Private investigator tells you exactly what you want to hear. Clients pay investigators to uncover the truth. We deal in facts and facts alone. A true professional private investigator will remain unbiased and impartial. That is what clients want when hiring a P.I.
Investigators who “take sides” or guarantee they will “catch them in the act” are doing their clients a great disservice. The reason why evidence uncovered by a professional investigator is valuable is because the investigator does not have a “dog in the fight”, so to speak. The real professional investigator only cares that the evidence is true, factual and was obtained legally. In court, an impartial and unbiased investigator is a much more credible witness than the one who promises results.
Additionally, you should expect to pay more for a better investigator. Again, the example of the attorney is appropriate here as well. We all hope we never need the services of a criminal defense attorney, but if we do…we want the best one we can afford. The same holds true for a private investigator. The average spousal infidelity investigation in Florida costs between $1,500 and $2,500. If you have an investigator tell you they can handle the whole thing for $800, that is a huge red flag. That investigator is either cutting corners (which can cost you dearly in the long run)…or he is under qualified to effectively conduct a professional investigation.
A professional private investigator will shoot straight with you and only promise to give their very best effort to uncover evidence and effectively bring the investigation to a successful conclusion.
If we can assist you with your investigative needs, call us at (386) 259-0570 or visit us online at www.RickRaymondPI.com
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