Bear Witness subscribes to higher industry standards, practices, and ethics. We endorse these & other allied professional P.I. organizations: the National Association of Investigative Specialists & the World Association of Detectives. As West Coast natives & California locals, we are also proud supporters of the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving our oceans, waves, and beaches.
1. What is the meaning behind your company name?
Rather than calling our private investigation company something generic such as ABC & Associates or XYZ Investigations, we searched for a name that was as unique and distinctive as the service we provide.
The action term “bear witness” has two separate definitions:
1) To provide evidence for; and 2) To give testimony in a court of law.
We found that this term clearly describes what we do as private investigators. Therefore, in 1996, Bear Witness was adopted as our legal company name. We hope you enjoy it.
3. Is your Detective Agency licensed by the State to perform investigative work?
Yes. Our company is licensed by the State of California to perform private investigations. Our P.I. License #18755 has been established since 1996
4. Can your Private Investigators testify in court?
Yes. When it is deemed necessary by you and/or your attorney, we can certainly provide you with expert witness testimony as to our investigation and our findings.
5. Will a rookie or novice investigator work on my case?
No. We don't hire rookies; therefore, one will never touch your case. Our licensed private investigators are highly-trained and skilled. Each has over 10 years of dedicated and specialized investigative experience to better serve you.
6. Can you find & give me address/phone # of old friend, former co-worker, family member/relative, past lover, etc?
Yes, we can. However, certain restrictions apply. In an effort to protect innocent parties from stalkers, etc, we do not simply hand over identifying information such as addresses or phone numbers of the people you wish to contact. Instead, once we locate them for you, our agency will make the first contact. The person will be advised that you are trying to reconnect with them. If they so desire, they can authorize us to release their contact information. Yet, if they do not wish to make contact with you (for whatever reason), we will NOT release their information to you. Regardless of outcome, you'll still be responsible for costs and fees incurred. For all personal locate investigations, there are no exceptions to our policy.
7. Can you "tap" their phone or "hack" into their account?
In today's modern society, it's hard to believe these questions still arise. The simple answer is: No hack & no tap. We'll not provide you with these types of services as they are deemed illegal. To be perfectly clear - we will not “hack” into accounts of any kind to include email, phone, text messaging apps, social media, credit card, banking, etc, etc, etc. Often, these requests come from people looking for a "short-cut" to some evidence of cheating or infidelity. Look, we understand. It seems like an easy way to get some answers. But be smart & keep your emotions in check. Stay clear of illegal methods like hacking & tapping that will only land you in handcuffs & in federal prison. There are other ways to get you rock-solid evidence of cheating - particularly through surveillance which is completely legal.
8. How do I select the best investigator for my needs?
Some people search for the lowest-priced PI they can find only to later regret making that choice. Let's face it...it's not everyday that you'll need a PI. But when the time comes, you'll probably want to hire a pretty good one. To help, we give you free insider tips and openly discuss what you should look for & what to watch out for - before hiring any private investigator. Visit our Tips For Hiring a P.I. Section.
9. I want to have someone followed to find out what they're up to. What's the process & how does this work?
Our agency has a very low minimum which often starts at 4 consecutive hours per day for Surveillance assignments. As far as the maximum amount of hours is concerned, we can provide 24 hour/around-the-clock service if needed. Everything is custom-tailored to fit your exact needs. Our experienced private investigators can quickly help you determine a strategic and useful plan for your particular case and budget. We recommend that you contact us to discuss your specific needs. For more detailed information on this topic, please visit our Get Started page.