Is a consultation free?
Pennington & Associates provides free consultations. Most private investigation firms set a time limit on consultations, we do not. If you call us and the consultation takes three hours, you will not be billed. In most cases, a consultation only takes about one hour. However, you can call us again and again, until you are comfortable with us. In many cases, potential clients never need to hire a private investigator, which is why we spend so much time sorting things out during the consultation process.
How is the cost of my investigation figured?
In most cases, Pennington & Associates accepts case assignments at a flat fee. In this form of fee structure, you pay a set fee and only pay this set fee. All flat fees are billed in two parts. The first part is for the investigation, which is due before the investigation is started. The second part of the fee is only due if you need the services of an investigator during a court proceeding or another form of hearing where an investigator is expected to provide testimony. The second fee is due before an investigator provides testimony.
In limited cases, Pennington & Associates will bill by the hour. A per hour fee is only used when we are unable to confidently predict the necessary work required to achieve the investigation you are requesting. For example, surveillance operations are always billed by the hour. In this arrangement, you will be required to pay an upfront retainer before any work on your investigation is started.
What payment options are available?
Pennington & Associates accepts all major credit cards, personal check, and cash. If you are paying by credit card, you can pay online when you receive your invoice.
What type of cases are accepted?
Pennington & Associates specializes in criminal defense investigations. In respect to criminal cases, we provide full and limited investigations. We accept private and court appointed cases. However, we also accept civil cases in the area of investigative support for attorneys and private individuals who are involved in a civil action.
We accept cases involving domestic issues. For example, child custody or infidelity. However, we are extremely selective in this area of investigations. If we feel the case will present some form of barrier to success, we will decline your request. Moreover, we require any investigative assignment in this area to have clear achievable objectives.
Will Pennington & Associates provide legal advise?
Pennington & Associates' investigators will not provide any form of legal advise. We are only able to advise you of possible investigative methods to meet your intended objectives.
Our private investigators have the skills and resources to handle cases involving child custody, infidelity/adultery surveillance, asset verification and recovery, civil litigation support, background checks, locating missing persons, social media investigation, criminal defense investigation, database research, service of process, and many more. All services are normally billed at a flat fee.
How much does it cost to hire a private investigator? Cost is a significant concern for individuals considering hiring one. To make our service fees accessible and transparent, in Ohio and West Virginia our services are calculated based on a flat fee. For your protection, the flat fee must be reviewed and approved by you before the investigation will proceed.
A private investigator with Pennington & Associates can provide clear answers regarding costs specifically for your case. To get a free review of your case and a determination of what it will cost to hire a private investigator in Ohio or West Virginia, click the "Get Started" button.
Pennington & Associates was founded upon the ethos that the general public, legal, and business community should have access to high-quality investigative services, which are fulfilled by individuals of character. We will provide honesty that holds clear speaking, say-as-we-do conduct, and in-your-face truths as the cornerstones of our professional charter.
West Virginia License Class: Private Investigations Firm