Q & A/FACTS

Q: What type of payment arraignments do you accept?

 A: All cases (except cases submitted by insurance companies or qualified clients), require a retainer up front plus expenses. GAIN PI will bill against the retainer until it is exhausted. When the retainer has been exhausted we will contact the client and provide them with the information already obtained and give the client the option to provide an additional retainer to continue the investigation, or to conclude the case. We do accept credit cards and checks through PayPal.  

Q: Do you have to be licensed in the state of California to be a Private Investigator?

A: Yes! Anyone offering investigative services in the state of California must be licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau Of Security and Investigative Services. All investigative services must have their license number displayed on all correspondence and marketing material, which can be verified through the BSIS web site. GAIN PI is a licensed and insured agency.

Q: What training is required to be a licensed private investigator?

A: The State of California requires a minimum of 2000 hours per year for three years for a total of 6000 verified, compensated hours working for another licensed investigator, law enforcement, as an insurance adjuster or other qualified work experience, to be able to apply for a private investigator license. Most investigators have acquired verifiable hours working for other licensed investigators or by working in law enforcement conducting investigations.

Q: What can I expect from a background check on a person?

A: GAIN PI can only find what is properly reported by the reporting agencies. Often times, records are not entered properly by the local, county and federal government agencies as well as non-government information providers. All information is considered unverified unless GAIN PI has someone actually pull the records and has other information to cross reference to the records with has been obtained. Some criminal records can be difficult to locate due to each state, county or foreign country having different rules and laws pertaining to the release of records to the public. There is no central data base, which contains all criminal records on one person that can be accessed by the public. Criminal records are usually kept with the arresting agency, municipal courts, county superior courts and federal courts. Even if a search was performed in every city or jurisdiction where the subject was believed to have lived, records could conceivably be over looked and surface at a later time. Some subjects could have been convicted or plead guilty to a crime in a jurisdiction they had been visiting or passing through. Unless the subject discloses the conviction, it may never be known to the investigator or people conducting a criminal background. Most of the time it is necessary to conduct field interviews of relatives, co-workers and friends to actually get information to verify the subject’s background.

Q: Can you use GPS to track someone in California?

A: Yes and no! In the state of California it is illegal to place a tracking device on a person or vehicle without their consent, California Penal Code 637.7 (a). If the GPS tracking device is placed on a vehicle, the vehicle must be co-owned and the consent of only one owner is needed. GPS is mainly used as tool to determine the location of a vehicle and does not replace surveillance where activity on a subject is documented. 
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