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How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Private Investigator In New Jersey?

Bob Cowan - Owner of Cowan Investigations, a New Jersey Private Investigator

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Before you bring on a private investigator for your case, you should always look into the costs of such services. In New Jersey, much like in other states, private investigators do not perform investigations and surveillance “outside of the law,” although this is how they are popularly portrayed in the media. Instead, PIs are licensed private citizens who take on cases as private citizens and work within the confines of the law to achieve results for their clients. Since these professionals are experienced, knowledgeable, and versatile, you will pay them for these requisite qualities, along with their understanding of the law, discretion, timeliness, and access to quality equipment.

As the leading private investigator for child custody in Monmouth County, NJ, we at Cowan Investigations have years of experience getting to the bottom of cases involving infidelity and cell phone debugging to executive protection and background/criminal record checks. For us, and the other NJ private detectives, our fees are contingent on the different types of services. Read on to learn more about how costs are applied for a variety of our services.

Flat-Rate Services

For some of the more straightforward services that do not veer far from standard procedure, New Jersey PIs usually have a predetermined expense based on prior experience, necessary equipment, and hours on the job. Some of these services include:

  • Background/Criminal Record Checks
  • Employee Misconduct Searches
  • Cell Phone Debugging
  • GPS Monitoring
  • Phone Number/Vehicle Registration ID

These services typically start at an affordable fixed rate. Of course, one rate may not be the same for every service you require, so be sure to do your research before employing an investigator.

Hourly Rates

Typically, NJ private investigators will spend two to eight hours (sometimes more), depending on the job. Although, some services require longer hours, the use of high-tech equipment, and more advanced research and surveillance techniques. These types of services include:

  • Locating People
  • Infidelity Investigations
  • Alimony & Cohabitation Investigations
  • Child Custody Investigations

New Jersey private investigators charge clients a price that reflects their expertise, surveillance skills and equipment, and the amount of time and resources necessary to get the job done. Additional expenses, hotel stays, equipment rentals, and unforeseen challenges in the field can also increase the final charges. However, if these occur, your investigator will notify you of these charges.

Investigation Services

Below, we have listed a few of the more popular services of PIs in New Jersey. It is important to note that these services may not be reflective of all the services provided by Cowan Investigations or other private investigator agencies.

  • Persons Locations
  • Infidelity & Cohabitation Investigations
  • Birth Parent Locations
  • Comprehensive & Thorough Research

In many investigation agencies, a retainer, or upfront cost, is required to “hold” the services of the private investigator. Service fees and additional charges will usually get deducted from the retainer, and any unused funds are refunded. For most services, an average retainer is usually more than the predicted cost of the service to leave room for unforeseen charges, but larger and smaller services will usually call for adjusted retainers.

If you need the professional investigative skills of an experienced PI in New Jersey for competitive prices, we urge you to consider Cowan Investigations! Our highly-qualified and licensed detective conducts infidelity investigations in Monmouth County, NJ, and the rest of the state, among a long list of other services, with a high level of professionalism and expertise that you just cannot find with other private investigators in the area. Although Cowan Investigations is not the cheapest private investigating agency in New Jersey, it certainly is not the most expensive. We are one of the best investigation firms in the state, with experienced high-ranking retired street cops conducting your investigations.

For more information, call Cowan Investigations today!

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