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Welcome to Beltway Investigations, your dedicated Columbia Maryland Detective Agency specializing in surveillance-related cases. With over 28 years of experience and a remarkable track record of handling more than 10,000 cases, we’ve earned our reputation as the trusted and go-to Private Investigator for individuals and law firms across the State of Maryland.

Our expertise is centered on surveillance, making us the top choice in Columbia and throughout Maryland. When you require the services of a seasoned and reliable private investigator, Beltway Investigations is your partner of choice.

We bring our wealth of experience to every case, ensuring that you receive the highest quality investigative services. Contact us today to discuss your specific needs, and let us show you why we’re the leading choice in Columbia, Maryland.

When it comes to selecting a Private Investigator in Columbia, Maryland, you have several options. We understand that you’re facing a challenging moment in your life, and you’d probably prefer to avoid it altogether. The truth is, things may get more challenging before they improve, but it’s crucial to keep your focus on the ultimate goal – a better tomorrow. Although it might not happen today, making informed decisions now can expedite the process.

At our agency, we don’t engage in exaggerated marketing claims about being the “most trusted Private Investigator in the entire state” or the “largest, number one Detective Agency in the world.” Instead, we aim to provide you with factual insights about Private Investigators and the laws in Maryland, as it’s essential for you to be well-informed.

Navigating issues like infidelity or child custody battles can be emotionally taxing. Having a well-thought-out strategy is the key to a successful resolution. If you’ve already entered the legal realm, you’re likely aware of the complexities and costs associated with court proceedings. Many individuals find themselves in court for over 18 months, feeling mentally drained and financially strained due to hefty attorney fees. In contrast, our fees are often a fraction of such costs.

Maryland operates as a fault state in divorce proceedings, and obtaining legal evidence of infidelity can significantly impact the outcome. However, it’s not solely about the legal aspects; information is a potent tool that should be harnessed effectively.

Imagine having legally obtained, compelling evidence about your spouse or child’s other parent that they’d prefer to keep hidden. In many cases, this can lead to more amicable settlements. Provided it’s collected correctly and doesn’t offer opposing counsel a way to have it deemed inadmissible or sealed.

Consider this scenario: You have documented evidence from a licensed Private Investigator that contradicts false statements made during a breakup. Would that person want to be known as a liar? What if the individual they were involved with was married or a colleague? The repercussions of such revelations can be long-lasting. Additionally, when children are involved, they can become privy to the information as well. Remarkably, over 90% of our cases are resolved outside the courtroom, thanks to our compelling evidence.

We are “Maryland Licensed” and serve clients throughout the state. If you’d like to explore alternative strategies and gain a better understanding of your situation, we offer a free and friendly consultation. Contact us to discover “The Beltway Difference” and how we can help you in Columbia, Maryland.

HOW DOES A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WORK

Our journey to assist you begins with an exclusive and "FREE" consultation, designed to gain an understanding of your unique situation. During this crucial session, we delve into specific inquiries: Do you know who your spouse may be involved with? What is their profession and daily schedule? Is the other person married, and are there children involved? This in-depth conversation forms the foundation of our collaborative approach, enabling us to develop a tailored strategy and efficient plan to resolve your case promptly. Once you've recognized the potential benefits of our services, we move forward by gathering comprehensive information to initiate your case. This includes detailed data such as work schedules, vehicle information, physical appearances, and any additional insights we jointly identify as crucial to accomplishing your objectives. Count on us, your trusted Columbia Maryland private investigator. Contact us today to schedule your "FREE" consultation and take the first step toward resolving your situation effectively and efficiently.

WHAT SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR?

Coming home late from work on a consistent basis
Unexplained or new reasons why he/she is abruptly leaving the residence or work
New clothes and sudden change in how he/she values appearance
Cellular phone and personal electronics are often hidden, heavily used and guarded.
Deletion of historical events, messages, voicemails.
Lack of intimacy and emotional disconnection
Negative attitude & changes towards you, family and friends
Overall disinterest in daily household activities and responsibilities

what you'll receive

When it comes to your need for information, there's no question too big or small. Whether you're navigating a pending child custody hearing, a divorce, or simply seeking to address suspicions about a loved one, we're here to provide you with the facts you need. Our mission is to replace uncertainty with concrete evidence, ensuring you're equipped with the truth instead of relying on gut feelings. Beltway Investigations in Columbia Maryland is your reliable partner, dedicated to delivering comprehensive documentation of all activities. We also provide photographic and video evidence acquired during your investigation. In addition, we offer full support for your legal representation and stand ready to testify in court if necessary. We become an integral part of your team, empowering you with the factual data required to make informed, long-term decisions. When you need answers, we're here to uncover the truth. Contact us today to discuss your specific needs with your trusted Columbia, Maryland private investigator.

DIVORCE OR CHILD CUSTODY BENEFITS

Just like many things in life the more information you have the better off you are. Rather the purpose being to satisfy a suspicion or a court related matter our job will remain the same “obtain efficient factual information”. If you’re hiring us for a divorce or child custody case, many of our cases never see the inside of a courtroom. The reason being we obtain enough information to place your in position of power to negotiate a settlement to you liking. This saves you time, money, and of course a lot of continual aggravation.

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    186 Main Street Annapolis, Maryland

    500 E Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland

    6100 Merriweather Drive Columbia, Maryland

    2014 S Tollgate Road Bel Air, Maryland

    5202 Presidents Court Frederick, Maryland

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    6100 Merrimac Court Prince Frederick, Maryland

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    WHAT CAN A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR DO?

    Our Columbia private investigator services revolve around domestic related cases. Generally our investigators will monitor one’s activities to determine their habits for our client’s specific needs.  This may include something along the lines of where someone may be going, what they’re doing, and who they’re doing it with. The Private Investigator will document all the activities by keeping timed notes, as well as taking photos and/or video.  The investigator will strive to be as aggressive as they can, while keeping their presence confidential.  

    ARE COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS LEGAL?

    100% yes provided as they are licensed provide this service in our state.  However, we’re in an age that is experiencing a huge influx of non-licensed investigators advertising services all over the internet and here in Columbia. The licensing boards are doing the best they can to stop this, however it gets complicated when the unlicensed investigator is not based in the state, they’re advertising in. Many of these agencies are acting as subcontractors whereas they take your case, then find a local investigator (generally the cheapest one they can) to provide the work and make a profit by doing nothing directly related to the actual task. Be sure to confirm any investigator you pay a fee to is licensed by that state in which the work is being done, as when it comes to legal time, they may disappear on you, and there’s going to be very little you can do about it being as they’re not being regulated by anyone.  Our Maryland Agency License number is 106-5623, feel free to confirm with the Maryland State Police Licensing Board.

    IS A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR ADMISSBALE IN COURT?

    Yes, absolutely.  By hiring a “licensed investigator” you’re not violating any state laws. Any documentation or information obtained during our investigation is legal and admissible in a court of law.  Think of it as concrete proof. 

    IS HIRING A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR STALKING?

    No it is not, we are licensed by The State of Maryland to provides these services.  Where you could get caught up in a stalking issue is by monitoring someone yourself (even your spouse), or having a friend or family member to do it for you. Should the person(s) being monitored catch you, then you’re opening yourself up to a possible restraining order.

    DO COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS WORK WITH POLICE?

    They’re going to be times when that occurs, however in most cases especially when working domestic related cases, law enforcement is not going to be involved.  Law enforcement investigates criminal matters, whereas a domestic related situation such as an affair, or child custody matter is going to be civil. There are times when our agency investigates someone being defrauded, and they feel law enforcement is not putting they effort in which they desire into the case, so they come to us. In this case any information we uncover can certainly be provided to law enforcement to further their progress.

    CAN A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR ARREST SOMEONE?

    No, we cannot. Private Investigators do not carry badges or have any powers to legally detain or arrest anyone.  We can certainly report a crime, but to intervene to the point of holding someone against their will would not be lawful.

    DO COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR CARRY GUNS?

    Being a Private Investigator in Maryland does not provide any special abilities to carry a firearm over the abilities of a private citizen. Many states require a special license for a Private Investigator to carry a gun during their investigation, so as such we have more rules placed upon us then a normal citizen. No one at our agency has been granted any permissions to carry firearms when working any case on your behalf at any time as it does warrant such. 

    CAN A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR GET PHONE RECORDS?

    There are many misconceptions when it comes to obtaining mobile phone records as they’re many companies online stating they can do such things. They cannot, and this is a scam. Aside from the fact hacking into a phone companies website, and extracting information is a felony, it’s just simply not possible. To obtain one’s phone records will require a subpoena from the courts, and would need an attorney for such an action, however the courts rarely if ever will issue such for a civil matter. When a crime has been committed and law enforcement is investigating, that’s a different story.  Don’t fall for someone on the internet stating they can get these records. 

    CAN A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR HACK A PHONE?

    We cannot hack a phone.  Another misconception based on what some companies advertise to basically scam you.  We get 100+ calls a month stating, “my phone has been hacked”. The only way this is generally done would be by someone having full access to your phone, placing an app on it that may send them data as to calls, or messages coming and going from the phone. But to hack into a phone without having it physically in front you is not possible by a Private Investigator.  Do a search for Apple vs FBI. Back in 2015 the FBI was investigating a case in CA that rocked the nation. They had an iPhone that was locked and requested Apple provide with a path to get into the phone. Apple refused. If the FBI which of course is backed by The United States Federal Government can’t hack a phone, stands to reason a Private Investigator is not going to be able to do this either.  If someone else has had access to your phone its recommended you take it to your service provider and request they clean it out of any apps you may not be aware of. 

    CAN A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR TRACK A PHONE?

    Many times, what we may see in the movies we feel transcends to real life. What people generally mean by tracking a phone is doing what’s called a “ping”, whereas you’re telling the phone to send you a signal to provide its location. This can absolutely be done, however it’s not something a Private Investigator can do on their own. In most cases this would require a subpoena from the courts when a crime is being investigated by law enforcement.  If someone is telling you they can do that, they’re not being truthful.

    CAN A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR PUT A TRACKER ON MY CAR?

    Yes. we can.  However, it’s not legal unless the person who has hired our service shares ownership of that car. However, using the data from such is not going to 100% solidify say a charge of adultery, as there is no direct evidence to prove the person was driving that car. There is a lot of various rulings in the courts when it comes to trackers.  We generally don’t like them too much unless we’re in a situation where we’re using them in conjunction with a field investigator working the case as well. An example might be a scenario when someone works downtown in a vary congested area where the possibility of losing them in rush hour traffic presents itself. In such a situation it provides the investigator the opportunity to reacquire them during a surveillance.  You always want to be careful to not do anything that yields you ill-gotten information, as that information will always be tossed out in a legal setting.

    WHAT DOES A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR HAVE ACCESS TO?

    Based on the license our agency holds, we’ve been vetted by various data companies that provide us information the common person cannot obtain.  We do not have access to people’s bank accounts, brokerage accounts, 401’s etc. This like other areas discussed above is an area where some companies advertise they can obtain say people’s bank records. But they can’t. We’re not saying we don’t how to do, what we’re saying is we never would as it’s 100% illegal. As time goes on with things such a 2-step verification, codes being sent to one’s phone for access permissions it’s very unlikely should you decide to hire someone practicing illegal activities you’re going to really receive accurate data.  Such information would require a subpoena from the courts to provide any real accuracy, and usefulness in a court of law. Finding things like hidden bank accounts in the Cayman Islands or such, is simply not something an investigator is going to be able to do for you.

    WHO DO COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS WORK FOR?

    We work directly with individuals and law firms for various case request.  We have cases where say a wife hires us to monitor their spouse, we have cases where a grandparent hires us to monitor the parents. We have people hire our service for background searches, trying to locate people, needing the owner of properties. Primarily we’re hired by people who require information to help them get clarity as to what is going on for personal reasons, legal reasons, or to assist in decision making.

    WHEN TO HIRE A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR?

    There are many reasons why someone may want to hire a Private Investigator. For us 90% of our work is when someone needs information about another persons habits for various reasons.  Some are for legal reasons; some are just for closure or personal information. If you want to know something, can’t seem to get to the bottom of it yourself, give us a call and let’s see what we can do.

    HOW TO HIRE A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR?

    If you found this website, then you’ve already figured out the largest part.  The next step to hire an investigator would be to contact them, go over your needs or goals, and see if they’re a good fit for what you desire to know.  It’s simple.

    ARE COLUMBIA PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS WORTH IT?

    There is no definitive answer to this question. If you just started dating someone, think it might be long term, but have some questions about their activities whereas you wonder if you’re just being too suspicious or there could be some validity to your thoughts, look at it like this.  You’re involved in something that could affect the rest of your life, so what’s the value to you? You’ve been involved in a child custody matter that’s been dragging on for 2+ years, you’ve spent thousands with a legal team, does not seem to be going anywhere, and you feel there could be some information out there to close the process, what’s the value there? If could even be as simple as wanting to know where your neighbor goes to breakfast each morning. Might seem a little silly, however each person has their own wants and needs, so again what’s the value. Most investigators have a free consultation to go over a potential case, so there’s no harm in calling and talking about it. It’s all confidential.

    HOW MUCH DOES A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR COST?

    In most cases a Private Investigator is going to charge an hourly fee for surveillance.  There’s going to be a standard starting fee, ours start at 75 per hour, some agencies we’ve heard of may be $160 hour. It really depends on the individual agency, and the area of the country you’re needing service.  An investigator here is Maryland may be much cheaper than say one in Beverly Hills. For things such as locating someone in most cases it’s going to be a flat fee.

    MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR JOB DESCRIPTION

    A typical day for one of our field investigators would be going to a specific location at a specific time as outlined by our client. That investigator would locate the person or their vehicle, and then monitor their activities based on the client’s wants or goals. The investigator would take photo’s, keep legal notes, and report that information back to their agency manager for client review. 

    COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR JOBS

    Most agencies are always looking for that next rock star investigator. Many people that take on the job of an investigator might come from being retired law enforcement, retired military, or in some cases having a career goal in mind and being an investigator works into that goal.  Some investigators work in the field providing surveillance services, some investigators work inside the office running searches or providing support to the field investigators.

    HOW TO BECOME A COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR?

    Each state is going to have different rules or laws when it comes to being an investigator. In The State of Maryland we’re licensed by The Maryland State Police. You can visit their website for more information, however here’s a brief understanding: A person who conducts a business that provides private detective services must be licensed by The Maryland Department of State Police. Unless otherwise provided, a person must be licensed by The Maryland State Police as a private detective or as an agency before the person may conduct a business or provide private detective services in the State and/or employ certified private detectives. An applicant may be either an individual or a firm. An individual shall be of good character and reputation. If the applicant is a firm, each firm member shall be of good character and reputation.

    COLUMBIA MARYLAND PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR LICSENSE INFORMATION

    Before any business or individual can conduct private investigation services in The State of Maryland, they must be licensed by The Maryland State Police. If you’re interested in hiring such then make sure the agency you’re hiring is fully licensed by the state.

    WHO IS THE MOST FAMOUS PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR?

    Though only a fictional character we’re going with Sherlock Holmes

    WHO IS THE PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR IN THE WATCHER?

    Theodora Birch did work on The Watcher case in real life. The family hired another private investigator; however, he didn’t have a similar backstory to the show’s quiet star. Theodora is a retired jazz singer with an eye and a talent for investigation.

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