Tennessee State Code TCA 39-13-606 allows for a vehicle to be tracked if all registered owners of the vehicle have consented. Many times a client is not able to legally track a spouse or partner’s vehicle. If you are looking for a way to legally track someone there are a few options. Currently there are no laws in place to address tracking a cell phone with an app. Iphone has a FindAFriend app that can be turned on and off by user at anytime. We have found FindAFriend is not accurate, many times it will show the phone up to a mile away from its actual location. If you are experiencing this flaw in the system, refresh the app, maybe see if the person will text you back so the app can pick up a more accurate location. Find My IPhone is app that have found to be accurate. However, a person must have access to the password on someone’s ICloud account to use Find My IPhone. Another option is to track your own vehicle then trade vehicles with your partner. We had one case where the husband traded vehicles with his wife telling her he was going out of town. He told his wife that since her car was better on gas he preferred taking her car. Also he could make sure it was driving correctly and get an oil change. Further, at the appropriate time, the husband called his brother, had his brother three way call the wife, making the wife think her husband was far away at his brothers’s house. As soon as she thought her husband was far away she drove to her paramour’s residence. She was very shocked when she returned home to find her husband waiting with a video of her activities in hand. The penalty for tracking someone’s vehicle is pretty stiff so don’t track it unless you own it.
A lot of people say when it comes to divorce, adultery doesn’t matter in the State of Tennessee. Tennessee is a “no fault” state, so in many cases adultery doesn’t matter. Every case is different. When enough evidence is presented in court, it can sway the judge’s decision. Take this next case for instance, my client was not happy in her marriage. The couple had 5 year old twins. She called her husband a “non-participating husband” she was very distraught. My client filed for a divorce. Shortly after filing for divorce, her husband became a better husband. He begged her not to get the divorce. So the couple began counseling. The counselor refused to see the husband after the 2nd visit claiming the husband had an agenda. During the reconciliation period, my client got pregnant, with twins. Well, shortly after the pregnancy was announced, the husband begins spending all his days and nights at work. His phone call log revealed lots of calls to one number. My client attempting to keep her relationship together calmly calls the number. A young female tells her that she is just a potential employee at the husbands office. The calls were arranging an interview, etc. My client accepted the explanation but took note of the incident. A few weeks later the husband began spending long hours at the office again. The suspecting wife called me. We followed the husband for a few weeks. We obtained video of the 25 year-old female at the husband’s office after hours. The wife confronted the husband. The husband filed for a divorce the next day while remaining in the house. My client lost one of the twins in the pregnancy leaving her pregnant with one child. My clients doctor was very concerned about her health because she could not eat or stay calm. She was a mess. Further, the husband told her that Adultery in the State of Tennessee has no weight in a divorce. He stopped his paycheck from going into the joint account which caused an overdraft which remained until we went to court. He withdrew financial support from my client. My client obtained an attorney, turned over the evidence we already uncovered and waited for advice. The attorney’s advice was to stay in the house with the husband and document his presence or absence in the home. Also, continue to inform the husband of the problem at the bank, record all conversations with the husband or his relatives, and try to be nice to all parties involved, keep the female private investigator on the case. The client’s situation left her with no means to keep the private investigators on the case so we made a deal. The deal was we would gather the evidence and continue with surveillance, the client would work on getting the money to pay off her invoice before we go to court. Over an 8 week period, we followed the husband to various restaurants and venues around Nashville while he wined and dined his girlfriend. We found when the husband was not with his girlfriend, he was with other women. We took note of how many drinks, appetizers and T-shirts were purchased by the husband. We actually picked up a receipt copy he dropped on the floor showing he paid cash when he picked up the tab for the 3 persons in the party. We took photos of the wad of cash in his hand when he paid for $4 beers, $30 Crawfish plate, $20 T-shirts and other goodies. Our report was complete with close up photos of the women, the money, and the fun the husband was having while his family bank account was $400 overdrawn. The attorney took the information in the report, presented it to the judge after the husband claimed he was financially strapped, and got a great result. Here is the text message my client sent me as she was leaving court. By the way, she was able our investigators in full on her court date as we had agreed.
“Thanks for all you did for me and the kids!! Today was pretty much a success. He didn’t have to take the stand but my attorneys opening statements said enough to paint a picture for the judge of what this “supposed poor guy trying to make ends meet with his new business.” Hell his attorney didn’t have anywhere to negotiate for him after that.
Basically the judge said he didn’t care if he had to get a 2nd or 3rd job he had to put 7400 a month in a joint account for family expenses…and I got a little bonus of $700 on top of that in a special account for myself for hair, skincare, whatever I like:-)! ”
This case was a very rewarding for our private investigators. We saw what this husband was doing to this wife, we knew we had to help even though she had no way to pay us at the time. We can count it as a win for our client, another unfortunate loss for the institute of marriage.
In the State of Tennessee it is legal to track a vehicle if you are the registered owner. Further, all registered owners must be aware of the tracking activity. We use Spy Matrix Pro professional tracking devices. These devices save the client money when legally deployed by a licensed private investigator.
How Surveillance with GPS tracking gets the job done. After legally placing the tracker on the vehicle, the vehicle can been located on a website loaded with Google Maps. The GPS System allows the user to set up text message or email alerts notifying the user within seconds of the vehicle moving. This allows the private investigator to stay a good distance away from the subject. After the vehicle stops, physical surveillance can begin.
Since becoming a Private Investigator I have worked every Valentine’s Day. It is a for sure day for a spouse to catch his or her cheater. This Valentine’s Day I worked for a previous client. A new person on the scene was possibly giving misinformation. Pretty simple request to follow the boyfriend home from my client’s house. Well he went home where his ex-girlfriend was waiting for him. The two got into one vehicle, then headed out for dinner. We were able to send video to my client of the two shopping for delicate items after dinner. The note I got from my client at the end of the case said “you have no idea how much money you just saved me.”
This post is for the ladies and gentlemen who think domestic violence is not going to affect a disposition in court. It is very difficult to sit in Nashville Tennessee Divorce Court listening to real stories of a love gone wrong. Both women and men have been guilty of domestic violence. Many times it is not reported because a spouse wants to give his or her partner the benefit of the doubt. Loving a person, to some, means covering up bad acts in a effort to move forward. Here is what happened in court:
Wife: He said he never cheated but he I found photos and sexy text messages on his phone. (lawyer asks more about relationship) Wife: He has pushed me a few times and hit me once a few years ago. He recently took my car because it is a company car, he also took my computer which the children use for homework.
Husband: I use that computer for work. I have never cheated on my wife. I was just starting a relationship with the other woman because my home life was so bad. I can not give her my company car even though I have a personal truck but I do not drive the truck for sales calls. I only hit her once in my life and it wasn’t that big of a deal.
Judge: Mr. Husband, do you drink alcohol? Husband: Yes, I like to have a few beers. Judge: Would you say you drink beer everyday? Husband: Yes. Judge: Mr. Husband, You will bring the company car to your wife today. You will drive whatever you want for sales calls. Your wife has been driving that “company” car for years so return it to her. You will return the computer immediately to the martial home. You will pay (60% of his income) to the wife and children until this matter is settled. Further, Mr. Husband, you say you never cheated on your wife! Well the first time you sent an inappropriate text to the other woman you were cheating. You are a cheater Mr. Husband. Mr. Husband stand up, look around this room. There are men in this room who have never and I mean never! Sir, hit a woman. You are an abuser. You pushed her around, you cheated on her and then left with marital property. The judge went on saying you have 30 days to get your act together Sir. I am not ordering any drug rehab or anything but if you don’t pursue that on your own it is not going to be a good day in court for you 30 days from now. Do you understand? Husband: But judge my dad owns that car and we use at the office. Judge: If you provide her with a better car that will be fine but until then the company car will reside with the wife. I don’t care what you tell your dad. Get your wife and children a car. Then the judge ended with instructions on the next court date.
Renee Brewer Private Investigator