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Beltway Investigations is a focus based COLUMBIA Detective Agency. Our field work is based on surveillance related cases only. Our expertise in this area is based on 10,000K plus cases over the last 28 years, we are, and have been considered the “go-to” Private Investigator by individuals and law firms alike throughout the State of Maryland for many years.
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You have a lot of options when considering a Private Investigator in Columbia Maryland. You’re getting ready to go through a point in time you would prefer to avoid, correct? Truth is, it may get worse before it gets better, but keep your eye on the prize. It will get better. Might not be today but making smart moves now will speed up the process. I’m Sam, and I’m not here to tell you a bunch of marketing nonsense about how we’re the most trusted Private Investigator in the entire state, we’re the largest, number one Detective Agency the world has ever seen, or whatever everyone places on their websites these days. I’m here to provide you with facts about Private Investigators and laws in Maryland because it’s imperative you know them. You’re traveling down a road you’ve never been before, right?
Unfaithfulness or a child custody battle is a tough thing to deal with. Having a solid strategy is key to a successful ending. If you’ve already started down the legal path, then you’ve already got a taste of how our courts work. It’s very challenging and very expensive. Callers mention all the time they’ve been dealing with the courts for last 18+ months and feel as if they’ve gotten nowhere other than being mentally exhausted and watching all their money disappear. Attorney fees to fight in court can be overwhelming for you and your family. Our fees can be less than a ¼ of such. If you’ve done the research, you already know Maryland is a fault state. However, is the legal documentation of cheating just about the law and court? Absolutely not. Information is a powerful tool, and a tool that should be used as such.
What if you legally obtained damaging information about your spouse, or child’s parent they would not want in the open? Would they not be more susceptible to settling? In most cases that can be answered with a strong “yes”. Provided it’s obtained correctly and does not give opposing counsel a way to have it deemed inadmissible or sealed. During break-ups each party is prone to tell friends and family something along the lines of: “he or she is crazy, and I just had to get away”. But what if you had legally documented information that contradicts that statement from a licensed Private Investigator able to testify on your behalf? Would that person want to be known as a liar? What if the person they were messing around with was married? Perhaps a work colleague? Getting caught up in a scandal like this can follow them for years. And when children are involved, they can generally become privy to the information as well. 90% of our cases never see the inside of a courtroom because they settle beforehand. We are “Maryland Licensed”, and available to work cases all over the state. Would you like to learn more about a different strategy? We always have a free, and friendly consultation. Contact me to learn about “The Sam Difference.”
HOW DOES A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WORK
It all starts with our exclusive “FREE” consultation where the primary goal is to get a thorough understanding of your current situation. During the consultation, we will ask questions such as Do you know who your spouse may be involved with? What is their profession? What type of schedule do they keep? Is the other person married? Are there children involved? This process will be instrumental in creating teamwork to decipher the best strategy and most efficient approach to resolving your case in a timely manner. Once you agree our services will be beneficial, we shall proceed forward gathering all pertinent information to commence the case. This information will include; work schedules, vehicle information, physical appearances/attributes and any further data we together may deem necessary to successfully meet your goals.
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
This is best answered by stating “anything you desire to know”. Meaning if you need assistance with a pending child custody hearing, a divorce, or you simply want to satisfy a suspicion about a boyfriend/girlfriend, work colleague, or relative, our purpose is to uncover the truth to place you in a position where you’re armed with facts opposed to many times “just that feeling”. Beltway Investigations in Maryland will provide complete documentation as to all activities, along with photographic and/or video evidence obtained throughout your investigation. In addition, we’ll work with any legal representation you have, and testify in court hearings should the need arise. We join your team to empower you with factual data to make the correct long-term decisions.
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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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.