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Tallahassee Private Investigators

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  • 8 years in business

We fully investigate all leads and make every effort to answer all the question requires.


I provide claim services and investigations, including subrogation services for your company. My diversified background in both property and casualty insurance in addition to insurance and criminal investigations has enabled me to be extremely effective in recovering third party liability claims. I am a licensed 2-20 property and casualty insurance agent and adjuster in Florida. I also am a licensed private investigator, own my agency and handle all investigations to include insurance, surveillance, recorded statements, family, criminal, backgrounds, asset reports, MVR, skip tracing, collections, Florida notary, and a process server for the 2nd Judicial Circuit.


I offer a full range of investigative services and service of process. I am a retired police officer with 31 years of experience.


With Shovelhead you get a personal interaction with me the owner. All work is either accomplished by me or directly overseen by me.


My name is Greg Choate, the owner of Agape Investigations. I operate a nationwide locator and background-check agency. My business specializes in locating and finding people and information, not some programs that you buy a subscription to. I do not send you a list of a hundred people with the same names as your subject for you to then try and figure out which is the right one. When you hire me, you talk to the owner of the business. I perform the search for your information. I specialize in locating people and information and background checks. I locate cell phone numbers and other information. I find people who owe you money such as child support. I offer free phone consultations. Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more details.

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What does a private investigator do?

First and foremost, good private investigators follow laws. Unlike on TV, they don’t break in windows or hack into hospital computer systems to get you intel. When you hire a private investigator, you’re hiring a professional to gather facts and find information for you. Although they can’t obtain certain information (such as health records), they do have access to information that most civilians do not. Often private investigators are hired to perform surveillance or background checks or investigate cases such as adultery, child custody, missing persons, hidden assets, or debugging, and theft or other crimes.

Private investigators can be hired to interview people and provide that information to the client, perform photo or video surveillance, monitor activity at a location where you suspect criminal activities or questionable behavior, track a person’s movements, find missing people, do deep-dive background checks, and more. Private investigation can be helpful if you’re trying to get a court order but need evidence. Private investigators can also help find birth parents. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210 per hour.

What does a private investigator cost?

Private investigation isn’t just for blockbuster action movies. Hiring a private investigator can help in all kinds of situations ranging from finding a birth parent to improving personal security. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210, although pricing often hovers between $40 and $100 depending on the complexity of the services you need. Where you live in the country will affect your costs for private investigation; larger cities have higher business overhead and a higher cost of living, which in turn means higher service rates. The complexity of your case can also affect cost. A basic background check may have a flat rate, while hiring a private investigator to help with your child custody case may require more legwork and research, and therefore cost more. Some private investigators work on retainer. A retainer is essentially a nonrefundable deposit you pay to the professional — meaning you have retained their services — who then works against that amount. Here are some examples of average private investigation costs:

  • Hourly rate: $60-$70; costs can vary based on current fuel prices.
  • Flat rate: $100 for comprehensive background investigation services.
  • Retainer: $1,500 minimum retainer required by some pros before starting work.
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