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Tri-Analysis Inc.: Are you licensed to offer private investigation services?

November 15, 2011

A couple of days ago I noticed an additional company offering private investigation services in Roanoke.

Apparently they are (or were) even looking to add staff

I must admit, their website is very nicely done, but it also raises the question:

Are they licensed?

A quick search of Virginia’s DCIS web verification database shows no result for the company in question:

DCJS Verification Database

A google search of the company provided an residential address.  Interesting…   Additional research revealed the name of a second  private investigation firm associated with the address.   So I now have two suspect ‘outlaw’ pi firms on my radar,  intuition tells me they are likely  one and the same.

For the moment let’s refer to the second agency as Roanoke Investigations LLC.    I’m still investigating the matter and have sent out  a polite inquiry to the business owner.  Out of fairness I should  grant opportunity to respond before making stronger allegations.    According to  the DCJS private security verification system, this second agency is yet another non-entity.  The plot thickens.

Additional thoughts:


Two email inquiries over the course of a week to Tri-Analysis have gone unanswered.  At the time of this posting I have no knowledge of the company posessing state issued legitimacy.

Last I checked, offering digital forensics services was still rather a grey area.  Some of the other services Tri-Analysis offers on their webpage are cut and dry and require a private security services firm license.

As the problem of of  Virginia’s ‘outlaw’  private investigation firms continues to expand,  BulldogPI has begun to wonder whether attorneys bother to checkout  credentials prior to enlisting their services.   I hope Virginia attorneys all  have their respective  malpractice insurance policies paid up.    It’s time for those of us with legitimate firms to take a stronger stand on this issue.      Not checking to verify if an investigative firm is licensed is so simple… to lose a case  because key information is inadmissible would qualify as incompetency.   A plaintiff who loses the case would have a strong malpractice case against the attorney.   Talk about an embarassing situation…

 Attorneys should ALWAYS verify a PI companies licensing credentials  with DCJS prior to making use of them.   Is this happening?  As a rule of thumb, I would say NO…..   Fine.  BulldogPI will start checking on them, both turning violators in to DCJS as well as discussing the matter here.

There has been a substantial increase in unlicensed activity as of late.  Is the department of Criminal Justice Services exercizing due diligence regarding enforcement?  If not, why not?


  1. Very good point, Bulldog PI. If you want a Virginia private investigator in Roanoke area, you should hire a licensed PI to do you work. A professional like you!

  2. I go with the Licensed part, but have you considered that as many companies expand part of their expansion and licensing efforts go towards hiring personnel. We have Licenses in several states and we often start recruiting as soon as we know that we will be pursuing a License in that state since quality people are usually harder to get lined up than the license.

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