Is It Legal to Hire a Private Investigator in Florida?

Is It Legal to Hire a Private Investigator in Florida?

POSTED July 30, 2023
BY Matt Aubin

Matt is both the company founder and a nationally renowned private investigator. Matt is an intelligence specialist who excels in detecting and preventing the illegal interception of communications and in providing high-tech covert surveillance. Matt has years of hands on experience in the investigation industry and has developed a reputation for incorporating state of the art technology and innovative ideas to provide effective solutions for his clients. Matt also serves as Treasurer for the Executive Board of Directors of FALI, The Florida Association of Licensed

If you believe your spouse is cheating, your ex is taking advantage of your alimony agreement, your parents are being abused in their elderly home, or any other incident is occurring that needs private investigation, you’ll want to consider hiring a professional private investigator. Private investigators are also able to provide background checks and support with missing persons investigations.

Gathering evidence is not only difficult to do on your own but it can also lead to legal problems. If you don’t know the law, you may end up doing something illegal during your investigation and land yourself in jail. If you need help with lowering alimony, a child custody case, or surveillance, you’ll want to hire Southern Recon Agency to do the investigation for you. We are able to provide a wide range of investigation services. We are also able to aid in missing persons cases.

South Recon Agency provides discreet, thorough, and effective private investigation services. Our professional team is able to gather evidence for both legal and private matters.

Below is more information about what private investigators are, what they do, what services they provide, and whether or not hiring a private investigator is legal in Florida.

What is a Private Investigator?

A private investigator (also referred to as a “private eye,” or “P.I.”) is an investigator that specializes in the gathering of evidence for their clients. Sometimes this evidence is for legal issues (like alimony), while other times it is for private matters (like a cheating spouse). Private investigators are able to gather evidence using legal techniques, skills, and resources that the average person doesn’t have access to.

Whether you have an upcoming civil case or you would like someone to look into a private matter, contact Southern Recon Agency.

What Do Investigators Do?

While many people think of infidelity when they think of private investigators, there are actually a lot of services private investigators provide and cases they look into. These include gathering evidence for custody and child support battles, gathering evidence for alimony disputes, finding missing people, and more. Private investigators are able to gather photo, video, and other forms of evidence for clients. Many private investigators have access to specialized software, industry resources, security clearance, and more. They also have a set of skills that the average person does not possess.

Keep in mind that private investigators do not get involved with cases in which law enforcement is involved. They stick to cases that involve civil law.

Is It Legal to Hire a Private Investigator in Florida?

Yes! It is legal to hire a private investigator in Florida. With that said, you need to find a reputable private investigator through a company like Southern Recon Agency. In Florida, private investigators need to be licensed. When you are looking for the right private investigator, make sure they are reputable and have the licenses required to practice in the state of Florida.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Private Investigator?

The cost of hiring a private investigator varies. There are a few factors that you’ll need to consider when hiring your private investigator. The main factor is how in-depth the services are. For more general services, the hourly rate is often around $75-$125 per hour. For more specialized services, though, you may expect to pay as much as $150-$350 per hour.

For an estimate of the cost of hiring your private investigator, reach out to Southern Recon Agency today.

Are Private Investigators Worth the Cost?

Private investigators are definitely worth the cost. Not only do private investigators have access to resources the average person doesn’t but they also have the skill set required to get the job done. If you are serious about your investigation, you’ll want to consider hiring a professional that knows what they are doing.

What Services Do Private Investigators Provide?

Private investigators provide a variety of different services for clients. Below are some of the services provided by Southern Recon Agency:

Alimony Reduction

Alimony payments are a legal agreement. You need to make these payments. If the legal agreement is being broken by your ex, though, there’s the chance that you can terminate the agreement. Often, this is due to an ex getting remarried or entering into a partnership in which their expenses are covered. If you believe your ex is taking advantage of your alimony agreement or court order, reach out to Southern Recon Agency. We can gather evidence that can be presented in court.


There are a variety of reasons why you may require surveillance services. If you suspect fraud, a cheating spouse, elderly abuse, or other incidents that require proof, surveillance provided by a professional private investigator may be the perfect solution. Southern Recon Agency provides proof in the form of video evidence, photo evidence, and other forms of proof that will hold up to scrutiny. This evidence can be used both for private and civil matters.

Missing Persons Investigation

There are a few reasons why a missing person needs to be found. One of the most obvious is a loved one that has run away or otherwise disappeared. While it’s important to report the person missing to the authorities, often they have limited time and resources they can put towards finding the missing person. A private investigator can help by providing “boots on the ground” services and by searching nationwide databases.

Another reason is if someone disappears to avoid child support or alimony payments. While they may go underground, a private investigator may be able to track them down. You can then bring them to court and make sure they pay what they owe.

Reach Out to Southern Recon Agency Today!

If you are in need of a professional private investigator, reach out to Southern Recon Agency today! We’d be happy to help you with your alimony reduction case, surveillance needs, background check, missing persons investigation, or anything else you need. 


Mark A., Tampa, FL | Attorney, 16 years

I have worked with Southern Recon on several investigations. He is an excellent investigator who always gets the job done no matter how complex or dangerous the situation. His fees are very reasonable and he usually puts in more hours than he gets paid for in order to make sure he does a professional job. I highly recommend Southern Recon Agency.

Tina G., Ontario, Canada

Matt provided me with superior service. He handled my investigation in a very professional manner and was always available for me 24/7. He helped solve my case and provided me with accurate evidence proving the suspicion of my husband’s infidelity. I highly recommend his services. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for his services!

Chris G., Tampa, Fl

I requested a background investigation on person that I was looking to conduct business with. I corresponded with the professionals at the Agency over email and the telephone. At no time, was I confused or concern about the process of this investigation. The process was thoroughly explained. Matt Aubin potentially saved me thousands of dollars by giving me an accurate understanding of who I was looking to do business with. Needless to say, I will not be conducting any business with this individual. I am extremely grateful for the work performed by Matt and the agency. It was worth every penny. The level of service provided exceeded my expectations.

Donnie C., Orlando, Fl

These folks are professional and will get results for you quickly. They are not the run of the mill grinding hours for billing people that often fill this profession. Thanks!