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Jacksonville Private Investigators

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    Cindy A.
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    S&R Investigations was extremely professional, prompt and thorough. The information which was obtained proved to be accurate and quite useful. I would strongly recommend S& R Investigations!

    Hawkins Investigations
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      GARY P.
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      I practiced law in California for more than 30 years and Mr Hawkins was easily the best and most reliable investigator we ever employed.


      Our services include: * relationship verification * divorce * child custody * missing persons * background checks * surveillance * executive protection * bodyguard We offer a personal service, free consultation and private investigator. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.


      Cape Fear Investigative Services is a full service private Investigative firm that has been in business for the last 13 years, with retired and former law enforcement investigators. We cover a wide variety of cases ranging from Military Law, domestic, child custody, employment, criminal (both fed and state), civil and contract disputes. We answer our phones when most do not.

      • 20 years in business

      I have proven myself to several attorneys and have won insurance claims with no pay out. The defendant actually got sued to send some of the money back.


      Professional investigations, complete and discreet. When you need the truth.

      • 22 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack

      Am a retired Special Agent, NC SBI. I have been in the private investigations business for over 20 years


      Licensed NC PI company providing full-service investigations. We do background, personal and corporate due diligence, locates/skips, civil and criminal. Most work can be done electronically. We are reliable, reasonable and referred by many.

      • 31 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack

      About the director: Charles E. Hawkins (Chuck) is the director, (qualified manager) of Hawkins Investigations, an agency which specializes in employment and insurance defense matters. Chuck is a "hands-on" manager of all the agency's assignments. Chuck also conducts investigations in North Carolina under Hawkins Investigations. Chuck Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Science from the Excelsior College of the University of the State of New York. His Degree focuses are psychology and business management. Chuck has been a licensed private investigator in the State of California for over 25 years. He has also continued his professional studies with ongoing courses in interviewing and interrogation, small business management, and seminars conducted by Investigation and Employer Organizations. As a master martial arts instructor and personal protection specialist, Chuck Hawkins has conducted seminars for companies and private organizations, involving corporate and family security. Being fluent in Spanish has allowed Chuck to successfully conduct investigations along the Mexican border as well as in Mexico. Not only does Chuck direct and conduct investigations for Action Associates and Hawkins Investigations, he has also been called upon by other investigative agencies to assist in extended team investigative operations. Chuck Hawkins held the office of President of the San Diego County Investigators Association in 1997, held the rank of Sergeant in the San Diego County Honorary Deputy Sherif's Association, and has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate(CASA) for the Juvenile Dependency system in San Diego County. Chuck started and currently supports a Martial Arts program for physically challenged individuals in San Diego County, which is now beginning a program for our military personnel recovering at Balboa Hospital from injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. These programs are offered at no charge to the participants. Chuck has received commendations from several Senators, Congresspersons, and the Governor of California, for his philanthropic work for Juvenile Diabetes, and other charitable organizations.

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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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