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What is a domestic investigation?

"Domestic investigation" is a general term describing investigations that revolve around individuals and their legal problems. Some of these problems could include fraud, theft, or abuse that occur in a person’s own home.

What types of domestic investigation are there?

Depending on your specific case, there are different types of investigation that your domestic investigator could use:

Domestic surveillance: When you leave your home, covert surveillance, like nanny cams or audio devices, can ensure your space and the people in it are safe while you’re away. The resulting photographs and video can also be used in court if a crime is committed on your property.

Background checks: When allowing someone into your home, a background check can confirm whether or not a person is trustworthy. These checks look into employment history, criminal records, education, references, civil records, and more.

Undercover or covert operations: Whether your spouse is cheating or someone is using illegal substances in your home, a domestic investigator is experienced in gathering evidence and documenting actions without being seen. They are also aware of the legal implications of conducting such an investigation.

Computer forensics: Often the evidence you need to prove misconduct in your home is on a computer or cell phone. An investigator can conduct a computer forensics investigation and collect emails, files, texts, and even deleted information that is relevant to the investigation.

Public record and information research: If you are being blackmailed, stalked, or need to file a restraining order, an investigator is capable of conducting a public record search and finding documents with pertinent information, like family history, criminal pasts, or current places of residence. This is similar to a background check but is more extensive and involves more resources.

People Locate: If you need to find someone for any reason, whether they are not providing child support or you need a process server, an investigator can conduct a skip trace and potentially find them for you.

Do I need a domestic investigation?

Domestic investigations are about protecting your home. If you are concerned about the safety of your possessions or loved ones for any reason, whether it’s an abusive family member or threat of an intruder, a domestic investigation will retain evidence of wrongdoing and prevent any future crime.

Some situations that call for a domestic investigation are:

  • Cheating spouse
  • Divorce and spousal deceit
  • Bigamy
  • Threats, blackmail, and extortion
  • Restraining orders
  • Stalkers
  • Spouse or child abuse
  • Missing person

Why hire a private investigator for a domestic investigation?

In the case of a domestic issue, it’s best to have an investigator conducting the investigation. Here’s why:

  • An investigator will obtain all evidence legally so that it can later be used in court proceedings.
  • When sensitive information is involved, investigators have access to resources that aren’t available to the public.
  • Private investigators have been trained and have a wealth of investigative experience.
  • Investigations will vary greatly depending on the case. An investigator will be familiar with a variety of methods and will know which to use in a given situation.
  • An investigator will handle the information they discover in a professional and confidential manner.

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