Understanding What Private Investigators Do

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words “private investigator”?  Perhaps your mind automatically drifts to Sherlock Holmes, cases shrouded in mystery and clues just waiting to be uncovered.  Maybe you have a déjà vu moment of you as a little girl, sitting in your dark bedroom, camped out under the covers with a flashlight, reading Nancy Drew novels.

Magnum P.I.
Remember the old T.V. show?

Or instead, the Magnum P.I. theme song starts playing in your head as you recollect a favorite episode of the popular TV show.

The mention of a private investigator, also known as a PI, private eye, or private detective, can stir a variety of different thoughts and feelings in people.  For most individuals who have never had to obtain the help of a private investigator in real life, they likely think of a TV show or fictional character that they enjoyed watching or reading about as they grew up.

For others, the thought of a private investigator conjures up potentially somber thoughts and emotions.  Those with deep, dark secrets may cringe at the thought of a PI lurking around their home or workplace, because they dread the consequences of unsavory behavior that they’re afraid may be brought to light.

Others may find themselves in a situation where the idea of hiring a private investigator brings a sense of relief because they know that a PI is their best hope of resolving a difficult question that’s been haunting them.  After all, where else do you turn if you find yourself in a situation where you believe your spouse is being unfaithful? 

You know in your heart that something has been going for a long time, and you want to use infidelity as grounds for alimony in a divorce. However, you’ve never been able to obtain concrete proof on your own.

Instead of waiting endlessly for them to make a grave mistake in judgment and get caught, or imploring friends or relatives to attempt to catch them in the act, it’s a much wiser choice to hire a PI to obtain evidence that can convince a judge of wrongdoing.

Perhaps your situation isn’t personal at all, but is instead business-related.  You have a gut feeling that your business partner may be participating in unethical or financially risky business practices. Even though they continue to deny any allegations of involvement in such activities, you just know deep down inside that something isn’t right. Instead of waiting for the potentially devastating consequences of their actions, you may save yourself a great deal of loss by consulting with a professional.

These are just a couple of the most common real life examples of situations where hiring a real-life private investigator not only makes sense, it could help you to achieve peace of mind or save you from a risky financial situation.

Who We Are:

Gradoni & Associates is a Houston-based private investigation firm that offer their expertise in many common, as well as uncommon situations.  We are a licensed private eye offering investigative law services to the Texas community since 1989.  Our professional services include:

  • Background Investigations
  • Social Background Investigations
  • Insurance Fraud Inquiries
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Capital Murder Cases
  • Surveillance Services
  • Family & Divorce Investigations
  • Family Related Background Investigations
  • Infidelity & Cheating Spouses
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Due Diligence
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Pre-Employment Screening
  • White Collar Investigations

Our agency is made up professionals who span many different areas of expertise.  Some of our team members come from a law enforcement background, while others are forensic experts, computer experts, polygraph experts, and surveillance experts.

Types of Private Investigations

Although there are many areas that private investigators deal with, three of our more popular services are Family investigations, Corporate Investigations, and Criminal investigations.  Each case involves unique factors and a variety of investigative methods, which is why it is crucial to seek out the help of a licensed, highly-qualified professional.

Family Investigations

One of the more emotionally charged areas of our business involves family investigation. This encompasses areas such as suspicion of spousal infidelity, parental drug use, violence, child endangerment, and surveillance of other behavior that could affect child custody decisions.

Some of the methods our investigators use to uncover incriminating activity include setting up surveillance of a family member’s activities, documenting any strange or unusual activity, identifying people they associate with and investigating their backgrounds, interviewing possible witnesses, and analyzing phone records and computer files.

Divorce and child custody issues can be very traumatic.  If you need assistance in uncovering the truth about a family member but aren’t sure where to turn, pick up the phone and call Gradoni & Associates at 281-440-0800.  We’re here to listen without judgement and put our private investigators to work gathering evidence that support your suspicions.

Corporate Investigations

We offer our services to assist companies in many areas of corporate investigation.

Pre-employment background checks

mitigate the risks to your company by screening potential employees to verify identity and determine if they have a criminal history that could impact your business.

White collar criminal activity

Uncover evidence of fraud, theft of proprietary information, embezzlement, or misappropriate of company funds before it gravely impacts your business.

Due Diligence

investigate a potential business partner or company to discover information about the company’s finances, how it has been managed, civil litigation, bankruptcies, judgments/liens, and employee criminal history.

Competitive Intelligence

“size up” your competition via data collection and information analysis of your business competitors. This can include sales data, financial data, complaints against the business, information regarding both current and past employees, and expansion plans to name a few.  All information is obtained legally and ethically by accessing publicly available records.

Criminal Investigations

Are you facing allegations of criminal activity and feel that you’ve being unfairly accused?  J.J. Gradoni is on your side. Allow him to carefully review details of the case to ensure that you are treated justly.  Some of the areas of criminal private investigation include:

  • Examining evidence obtained by law enforcement
  • Conducting an independent investigation including identifying inconsistencies in the prosecution’s evidence and identifying witnesses that may have previously been overlooked.
  • Delving into the backgrounds of law enforcement officials and witnesses involved in the case to determine character.
  • Profiling jury members
  • Analyzing search warrants to ensure your legal rights were not infringed upon.

All of our investigators are seasoned at providing courtroom testimony.

Methods Commonly Employed During Private Investigation

The highly qualified private investigators at Gradoni & Associates employ many different techniques, such as conducting live audio and video surveillance using state-of-the-art camera and video equipment, obtaining photographic evidence, and planting covert cameras inside buildings.

Other methods include background investigations, asset searches, forensic accounting investigation, database searches, evidence and records analysis, eyewitness interviews, and expert witness referrals.

We leave no stone unturned and work aggressively to provide evidence that may be presented in a court of law to vindicate the innocent or prosecute the guilty.

Call Gradoni & Associates

Do not leave your future to chance!  Call us today at 281-440-0800.

If you have a family issue that threatens to tear your life apart, our sympathic investigators will work with you to uncover the truth.  Don’t allow an unfaithful spouse, abusive or neglectful parent, or even an unqualified investigator steal your peace of mind.

Have you found yourself in a position where you’ve been charged with a crime and believe your rights have been infringed upon or that evidence in your favor was overlooked or discarded?  If so, allow us the opportunity to turn things around.  The private detectives at Gradoni & Associates have investigated many criminal claims, and have successfully served their clients in cases where felony conviction was a threat.

Call us today at  281-440-0800 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Gradoni & Associates
2611 Cypress Creek Parkway #C100
Houston, TX 77068

Understanding What Private Investigators Do