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.
Many clients request a phone number search which costs $35 for Simple Number to
Name Search, and $10 for up to 4 additional numbers.
Things to do before you pay for Cell Phone Search:
- Search the number through Facebook, Linkedin, and other Social Media Services. Increasing security practices has people attaching cell phone numbers to accounts for verification. Even though the cell number may not be available for public viewing, it still may be listed in searchable data.
- Google Search the number.
- Search the cell phone the number was called from to see if the number listed in Contacts. Open contacts then type the number in the search bar.
- Call the number from an unknown number or have someone else do it, then ask for a predetermined name. If you suspect your call will be answered by a female, have a man call and visa-versa. The caller should be confident that he or she has the right person until someone corrects you. Hopefully the person will say, this is not so-n-so, my name is ______.
Sometimes being private eye in Nashville TN means risk. I feel it was easier for me to get close to this “meth” house because I am a female private investigator. The case started when a grandmother called me with great concern in her voice because one of her grandchildren was living in a meth house. The child had a sibling in the hospital with unexplained burns. The police could not prove the child was burned because of meth production but the police were not allowing the child to leave the hospital. The parents were both known to be on meth. They were hiding with the younger sibling, age 6. We knew they were somewhere in off Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee. I was hoping for a recent police report or court appearance I could use to track the two meth users. I did not have any success. The grandmother had given me the birth mother’s old cell phone. I told the concerned client I wasn’t sure what I can do with the phone but I would try. About a week later the cell phone rang, I answered, it was a recording from an elementary school about being approved for free lunches. Once I heard that, I called the number back and spoke to a woman who explained the message to me. Once she confirmed the school name I waited at the school with a photo of the child. I saw the child getting on a bus. I followed the bus to where the child got off the bus. A pick up truck with a man and a woman inside was waiting on the bus. The child was greeted by the couple and brought into the truck. The three people stayed parked for 41 minutes, just sitting. I watched them buckle up so I pulled out in front of them. They drove so slow it wasn’t hard to pull off and watch them go by. I only saw what street they turned down so I hurriedly put my dog’s leash on. We rushed down the street where the house was just in time to see the child entering the residence. The couple continuously looked all around in a paranoid fashion. I understand later that week the younger sibling was removed from the home while meth production was underway. Sometimes a private eye can make a difference.
Sad case for this Female Private Investigator in Nashville Tennessee. A man claims his wife is mean to him for no apparent reason. She comes home from her job at the Mexican Food Restaurant at 1:30 am and beyond. The place closes at 9:00 pm. Surveillance proved the subject was spending her evenings in the restaurant with the head cook until the wee hours of the morning. It is hard to follow someone when we are the only vehicles out here. It is difficult to get footage of foreplay or after play from across a parking lot with nothing but a short hedge for cover. It is even harder to tell the husband we have the information so now it is time to stop watching it. In the end, the truth is out which provides a means to an end. I have one thing to say on this case – Dear Cheating Spouse, you don’t have to be so mean to your husband. Verbal abuse is abuse. Don’t tell him he is worthless because you found someone else. Time to face the music in Music City where private investigation is taken seriously.