Welcome to Special Investigations Group (SIG) new blog series. Throughout this series we will be going over several subjects that I am asked about on a daily basis. Hopefully, it will help you gain a better understanding of what we as Private Investigators at SIG actually do.
My name is Chris Monroe and I am the owner and manager of SIG. I have been a licensed Private Investigator in the state of Texas for over 9 years and as this series progresses I will be answering multiple questions about who we are, what we do, and how to respond to certain situations for those who are just starting out or who may just have an interest in investigations. SIG has several expert investigators on staff with experience in many different areas, including law enforcement, federal agencies, and private investigations.
There are many different types of investigation companies: some specialize in one or two things, for example computer forensics, or child recovery and child custody. We at SIG have investigators who specialize in many different areas, including missing persons, surveillance, civil cases such as child custody and infidelity, ranging into more complex criminal cases such as drug charges, capital murder, manslaughter, aggravated sexual assault and more.
While researching the company that best fits your current needs, it is critical to choose one that not only has the skills, experience and backgrounds to handle multiple types of cases, but also has the legal knowledge to make sure that the investigation is completely lawful. This ensures that any and all evidence obtained during the course of your investigation is 100% admissible in court. That is a very big deal when dealing with a company, as there are many fly by night companies out there who will make you promises and take your money but when push comes to shove either they can't, or won't deliver because the evidence was obtained illegally, which makes it no use to you or your case. We will always follow the letter of the law to make sure that all evidence is 100% admissible.
Before determining which company to hire, it is imperative to verify that they meet all of the licensing and legal requirements for the state the the investigations will be occurring. SIG is owned and operated in Texas. By entering in a company name or license number here: https://tops.portal.texas.gov/psp-self-service/search/index you will be able to find and verify any companies registered in Texas. We have been insured and licensed since day one; our license number is A-17325. All investigation companies should have their license number on all websites, business cards, and advertisements. They should be able to supply you with their information immediately with no hesitations so that you can verify their company information independently.
It is especially important to have a contract that outlines the requested services so everyone knows exactly what services are being provided and for what amount. This is meant to protect you and the company you are choosing. At SIG, we require a contract before starting any investigative services. Our contracts outline exactly what services we are agreeing to provide, what the hourly rate is, if a retainer is required and how much that will be, as well as any other expenses that will be incurred along the way. Our contract also guarantees a written report within a specified amount of time from the close of the investigation. At SIG we will work with you going over all potential problems that may arise so you are well prepared for anything. A contract does not guarantee results only that we will provide the services promised at the specified times.