What Not To Do In Your Investigation

Sarah Marshall - Friday, June 15, 2018

There are many reasons you might need to hire a private investigator.  Regardless of the reason our clients are very important to us and providing the best possible service to them is what we are all about. That being said there are a few tips we have for you as a client on what NOT to do during a private investigation case.


  • When your case requires us to work with your lawyer please let our expertise and communication determine what it is we need to provide that is relevant to your case. Just because you are curious about certain things doesn’t mean it is pertinent to our services or investigation. We definitely do NOT want you wasting your money because our time is YOUR money. ;) We want to show you what holding all the cards really looks like. In our industry private investigators sometimes get a bad stigma associated with them because not all are honest and don’t always run their businesses within the legal confines of the law. We are honest and want you to trust that we have your best interests in mind.


  • Try NOT to talk about your case – Talking with anyone besides your lawyer and private investigator is a risk you should not take. Once you decide to start telling people details of your case you risk them telling other people when you are not around. During an investigation this could hurt you because if someone you do not trust gets wind of information it could come back to bite you or could change your case. What if the other party involved in your case finds out information that could halt your case altogether? That would be devastating and could have life altering ramifications.


  • Lying - This mistake is pretty easy to avoid and the consequences can be disastrous for those who do choose to lie to their investigator. The more upfront you are with ALL information the better we can help you. It’s very detrimental if we find out information after the fact. This is considered “lying by omission”. Leaving out information and/or lying about facts could make or break your case.


  • Facebook, Twitter, and social media in general -  People will investigate your Facebook, Twitter and related social media accounts, blogs or web pages – even when set as private – and look for things that can help themselves or to hurt your case. Please be very careful about postings and photos of your activities. Avoid posting new items. It’s best to avoid posting at all while you have an open investigation.


~May Rippy~

SCORE Success Story!

Sarah Marshall - Thursday, February 15, 2018

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Check Us Out on the Idaho SBDC Blog!

Sarah Marshall - Thursday, August 31, 2017

Have you seen the amazing article written on our Lead Investigator, Sarah Marshall? Check it out HERE!

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Why does a Business Owner need a PI?

Sarah Marshall - Sunday, August 20, 2017

Let's first discuss why we HAVE job applications. 

It's not just to collect information about their past. That's what resumes are for. 

If the only reason you want your employees to fill one out, is to make sure of their employment,

you're doing it wrong. Flat out, you're doing it wrong.

The best use is to determine trustworthiness. You're trusting this person, if hired,

with your company's reputation, integrity and success. Use this to determine their

accuracy by verifying the completeness of the application. Make sure they are truly

a proper fit for the position. Determine gaps in employment and the reasons for the gaps.

Determine whether they are in fact lying by omission. This is important and goes back to

Integrity. Determine if the references are in fact real people. This may seem silly, however,

in a recent investigation, the applicant had in fact made up more than one of his references.

Again, you're trusting that this person is going to be the face of your company for every 

moment they are with a customer or client. This is also a chance to learn if their credentials, 

schooling, previous employment, training, etc, are all valid. We've seen many instances where

the applicant made up an entire vocational background. Verify this information!

The best way to ensure that you are getting a quality employee is to do a thorough background

check. If you're not willing to invest this small amount of money in your employee, why do you

want to invest thousands, potentially hundreds of thousands, more in them? Ask yourself this 

basic question: How much is my company worth TO ME? If the answer is zero, then don't do a

basic background check. However, if the answer is more than $100, invest that in a background 

investigation in your prospective employee.

We, of course, offer a basic background check for $100, Extended Background Check $250 and 

Complete 10 year Background Investigation for $1200. You choose how important your

company is. We'll help you get the answers you need to keep your business safe!

Sarah Marshall
Lead Investigator

Investigation Tips for YOU as our CLIENT

Sarah Marshall - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Investigation Tips for You as Our Client

So you’ve started an investigation with Off The Grid Investigations LLC. GREAT! We’re so honored to have your business! Now what? How can you help?


  • First, make sure that you never lie to your investigator. Your investigator is just like your lawyer, in the sense that if you lie to them, this can greatly effect your case in a negative way.
  • Your next step, please check your email. You should have an email within 24 hours of items your investigator requires to get started. Please be sure to get these items to your investigator as quickly as possible. The sooner you start, the sooner we can start.
  • Next, please keep our office informed of any new developments in your case. It is important that we have as much information so that we don’t waste our time and YOUR money researching or investigating the same information twice.
  • Remember to use your client login to submit any confidential information. We have a secure server to protect you and your information. Neither you, nor our organization, want to be responsible for Identity Theft. Protect the information you provide to Off The Grid Investigations. We will do our part, please do yours.
  • Breathe, this is important. All investigations are stressful, we’re going to do our very best to make this as stress-free as possible for you. We are going to ask some deeply personal and invasive questions. Please be prepared to answer these questions.
  • Contact us with any questions you may have at:


We look forward to working with you! Thank you for choosing Off The Grid Investigations LLC!

FREE Child Identification Card!

Sarah Marshall - Saturday, May 06, 2017

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Family Self Defense - Class Times/Dates

Sarah Marshall - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Family Self Defense

Family Self Defense is open to family groups for teaching Men, Women and Children Basic Self Defense. Come learn as a family with us!



The following times and dates are available:
  • May 9th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • May 11th  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Introduction to Business Safety - Class Times/Dates

Sarah Marshall - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Introduction to Business Safety

Introduction to Business Safety is a free class. Please RSVP to to reserve your spot as seating is limited. The following Dates and Class Times are available:

May 3rd 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

May 17th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

May 31st 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

TEDx Idaho Falls

Sarah Marshall - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Come See Us at TEDx Idaho Falls! We're one of the many sponsors of this amazing event this year! We'll have a booth set up in the lobby. To enter to win 2 tickets to this event, simply sign up for our newsletter. You'll be notified by email. Tickets will be sold up until the event.

Keeping Your Business and Yourself Safe

Sarah Marshall - Friday, February 17, 2017
Keeping Your Business and Yourself Safe
5 Week Class

Mar 22 - Apr 12 2017
Wednesday Evenings 

You may have many holes in your business stucture that you don't even realize!
Come visit with us and learn little known techniques to keeping your business safe.

For more information about this class and to reserve your spot, 
Spots fill up fast so don't wait!

Also check out our Free Introductory Class!
March 1st, 2017 7pm-9pm
March 15th, 2017 7pm-9pm

Cost for the Full 5 Week Class is $100.00
Includes Workbook Materials

Off The Grid Investigations LLC
2296 N Yellowstone Hwy Ste 308
Conference Room B
Idaho Falls, ID 83401


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