Private Detective

As a Private Detective Agency in Port St Lucie, FL, we are able to provide the following Services locally, nationally and internationally:


Business Research

Private Investigator - Business ResearchA Private Detective must be capable of conducting in-depth investigations into business entities, their principal owners, shareholders or corporate officers.  We have been doing this since 1991. For business customers our private detective work we will provide you with the information you need to comply with the provisions of the USA Patriot Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (“FCPA”).

Our access to global databases and our relationships with other investigators around the world enable us to provide you with the information you need to know. Our reports incorporate Dun & Bradstreet, Experian Business Credit, Thomas Register, Hoovers, and many other national and international proprietary databases. If necessary we will arrange for “on-the-ground” investigations around the world. Whether the company is located in Bangor, ME or Bangladesh, India, SunState will provide you with the business information that you need.

Asset Investigations

Private Investigator - Asset InvestigationsA Private Detective is not a collection agency. Our asset search products for businesses, law firms and individuals are designed to locate assets and give you the information you need prior to or during contract negotiations, litigation, judgment collection, asset recovery, etc., without wasting your money.

In compliance with the Graham Leach Bliley, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, our clients must provide us with a permissible purpose when requesting information that is not considered a public record. While we are not forensic accountants our investigations are very thorough and NOT just information that is simply purchased from an information broker and resold to you. SunState is the choice for those who need to know, yet we recommend that a professional accountant be retained by clients seeking “due diligence” of a financial nature.

Foreign and Domestic Company Profiles

for_dom_profilesOur President, Warren J. Sonne is a world renowned private detective has been conducting in-depth investigations into business entities for  over 25-years. For business customers we will provide you with the information you need to comply with the provisions of the USA Patriot Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (“FCPA”).

Our access to global databases and our relationships with other investigators around the world allow us to provide you with the information you need to know. Our reports incorporate Dun & Bradstreet, Experian Business Credit, Thomas Register, Hoovers, and many other national and international proprietary databases. If necessary, we will arrange for “on-the-ground” investigations around the world. Whether the company is located in Bangor, ME or Bangladesh, India, SunState will provide you with the business information that you need.

National / International Private Detectives

nat_intenat_investOur personal relationships with the finest private detectives around the world allow us to conduct private investigations throughout the United States, the Orient, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. We are fully capable of looking after the needs of our clients on a Global Scale.

We are members of the following professional associations:

World Association of Detectives (WAD), Counsel of International Investigators (CII), INTELNET, Global Investigators Network (GIN), United States Association of Professional Investigators (USAPI), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), National Association of Legal Investigator (NALI), Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI), Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (ALDONYS), Licensed Private Investigator of New Jersey (LPIANJ), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Retired Detectives of NY (RDNY).

Competitive Intelligence

comp_intellWILL YOUR BUSINESS HAVE A GOOD YEAR, OR A BAD ONE? The answer may well depend upon how much you know about your competitors. Are they hiring? If so, WHO are they hiring? SEC Filings? New Patent applications? Are they in debt, or flush with cash? Expanding to new markets? How much do they spend on R&D? How about Market Trends? Legal or Regulatory changes?

Compliance issues? Law suits? SunState Investigative Services will help you gather the information that you need to analyze your industry, your competitors, and your markets.

Insurance and Accident Investigations

insur_accidentWe know what to look for in all sorts of tort cases, including:

Premises Liability
Product Liability
Workers Compensation
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Animal Attacks

SunState Investigative Services provides a wide range of investigative services to assist our clients. For certain clients we monitor media reports for incidents involving their products or employees and notify the client of any potential liability. For fast breaking incidents we can respond immediately to document the scene, interview police, interview witnesses, obtain records, safeguard product, etc. We will obtain “as- built” plans, building violations, investigative reports, locate-purchase-safeguard vehicles or other equipment. We will work with and coordinate inspections by your accident reconstructionist, expert engineers, attorneys etc., and when possible act as a liaison with law enforcement.

legal2Litigation Support/Trial Preparation

As your case heats up before trial you realize that witnesses may not reside where they did 3 or 4 years ago. They need to be located, interviewed or re-interviewed. Some may need assistance getting to the courthouse. You may realize that your file is missing certain certified records. Whatever your needs SunState Investigative Services is prepared to assist you.

We will conduct background investigations of opposing witnesses and experts, and provide you with “Trial Preparation” including the service of process and witness scheduling and transportation. We will perform or arrange for:

Witness Location
Witness Interviews and Statements
Interview Law Enforcement Personnel
Service of Process
Asset Tracing & Recovery
Supervise Inspections
Evidence Collection and Secure Storage

Comprehensive Witness Background and Evaluation Reports Photographic and Video Support Locate Experts Public Records Searches Document Retrieval Service Forensic Computing Services.


Social Media Networking Investigations:

Knowing what claimants, plaintiffs or defendants are doing during the course of their days can be very helpful during litigation.  While Social Media Networking Investigations may not take the place of surveillance, it can certainly supplement it.  Some people are prolific Social Networkers and are easy pickings for saavy private investigators. Interestingly enough”Baby Boomers” are among the most avid social media users with and estimated 82% utilizing social networks to connect with family and friends.   They are also among the most litigious demographic.

Well, that should make them fairly simple to find online, right? Not so fast! Many people take their online privacy seriously and filter who can access their activities online. There are also people who are not comfortable using computers or any social networking websites, so searching for them becomes futile. What to do? At Sun State we recommend searching for their known relatives, learning who their Friends and associates are, learning who their employers are so that we can begin searching for the subject on their pages as well. Certainly, it is a more time consuming and expensive effort, but one picture of your subject posted by his child of them playing Tennis, or a picture of the subject playing Volleyball at the Company Picnic could be worth more than a thousand words, or huge monetary settlements or Jury Awards.

Finally, just screen-capturing a picture or posting from a social network page is not enough to insure admissibility as evidence at a trial. The investigator must take certain steps to authenticate and preserve the information.  What if the person has deleted the picture, posting or deleted the entire account?  At Sun State we follow best practices by accurately portraying what is seen on the screen at the time and printing a professional-looking hard copy; by documenting the Metadata which will validate that the webpage actually existed online at the time by documenting the timestamp, such as the URL, IP address, date and time; and insuring a Digital chain of custody while removing ourselves from the evidence by using a trusted, third-party webpage capture tool do the work.

Due Diligence

duediligenceOften times you need to know key facts about an individual, company, or client that you are considering, or doing business with. Whether you require a quick basic report or an in-depth complex investigation, SunState provides the background checks and other facts you need to make well-informed decisions about investments, mergers, joint ventures, prospective employees and other matters.

Our quick preliminary investigative reports may uncover potentially serious problems in a company’s or individual’s past, such as:


More extensive background investigations can include:


We will work to assist you with your PATRIOT ACT, SARBANES OXLEY, FCPA and other Compliance Issues.

SunState is the choice for those who need to know, yet we recommend that a professional accountant be retained by clients seeking “due diligence” of a financial nature, and an attorney be consulted on all legal matters.

Witness/Person Locates

witnessSunState Investigative Services has direct access to the premier public and proprietary databases. These are not “google” or “yahoo” searches, rather they include subscription only databases, including Lexis/Nexis, ChoicePoint, and other proprietary companies; government databases including Motor Vehicle Records, Statewide and Federal Criminal and Civil Court records; and an entire array of public records sources. For those individuals who cannot be found by these means, SunState is fully capable of conducting investigations “on the ground” at former residences, places of employment, County Clerk’s offices, etc., to develop leads to your witnesses.

Once your witness is located you may wish him or her to be interviewed, with or without a written or recorded statement. Our highly skilled investigators are thoroughly trained and experienced in conducting interviews. Prior to an interview we will review the facts of the case with you to insure that all of your issues are addressed. We will give you a full assessment of the person being interviewed and provide you with the good and bad news, not just what we think you want to hear.

Some people such as “Dead Beat Dads,” “Judgment Debtors,” “Criminals,” etc., can be difficult but not impossible to locate. The more information you can provide us with the better the chances for success.

Nationwide/Worldwide Criminal Records

criminal_recContrary to what is allegedly available elsewhere, there is no such thing as a Nationwide Crime Record Search for non-law enforcement investigators. Not all States have a central repository, and not all counties sell their data to information brokers.  A Private Detective must know how to access this information throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Those that offer to sell you this product either don’t know, or don’t care.

The only national repository is maintained by the F.B.I., and it is available to law enforcement only. What is sold by information brokers and private investigators is a patchwork of some state records, some “State Correction Department” records, some newspaper reports, but don’t be fooled…this is NOT a comprehensive criminal history search.

In States with a Central Repository, SunState Investigative Services can provide you with a comprehensive search. Where there is no central repository we will identify and recommend the search of all counties and adjoining counties in which your subject either worked or lived.

SunState can be conducted a nationwide search of the Federal District Courts, and through our dedicated networks around the world we can conduct criminal backgrounds on a global scale.


surveillance“We are not a surveillance production line, rather your case is the only one that matters to us.”

Warren J. Sonne, President

Surveillance provides you and your clients with the means to verify a persons real life daily activities. At SunState Investigative Services, surveillance is both an art and a science. Prior to private detective being dispatched a complete and thorough background investigation is conducted on every subject so that a surveillance plan can be tailored to each individual case. We will verify the subjects known addresses, employment, vehicle registrations, identify others in the household and their vehicles, identify relatives and associates. A pre-surveillance visit to the subject’s location will be made to evaluate whether one, or multiple investigators will be necessary to successfully complete the assignment. Issues of population density, demographics, availability of mass transit, number of entrances to the residence or place of employment including garages, etc., are all taken into consideration.

Unless there is specific knowledge that a subject will be in a certain place at a certain time, our investigators will conduct surveillance in six (6) hour blocks of time, beginning with the most appropriate hours for the subject’s individual lifestyle. If no activity is observed the hours will be changed for the next surveillance until the subject’s pattern is learned.

From that point on, our expert investigators will document the subject’s

daily activities and communicate them to you quickly so that you can determine if the investigation should be continued or terminated.

In the end, the issue of who will be conducting your investigations will have a direct impact on the results, both short and long term. Not only do we want to “get the tape” but we will be there for our clients up to and including our professional testimony at trial.

Background & Pre-Employment Investigations

bg_emp_investWhen you need to learn the truth about someone, SunState Investigative Services is your one-stop shop. Whether you are in Human Resources, a Regulatory Agency, or a law firm we have a background investigation designed to meet your needs. Employment and educational verifications; criminal and civil background checks; marital issues; business relationships; summonses; liens; judgments; bankruptcies; associates; relatives; asset location; expert credentials and prior testimony; and a host of additional information can be identified and verified.

Each situation is different and what may be needed in one case may not be important in another. The level of depth that you decide upon is nearly limitless and in cases where thorough vetting is a requirement it can include personal interviews of relatives, neighbors, associates, co-workers, employers, etc. With proper authorizations, court orders, or subpoenas medical and personal financial information can be obtained or verified. We also offer out-of-state and international investigations.

Read Warrens Article – Hiring Employees? You can be “Presumed Innocent”

Security Consulting

At Sun State we are truly independent security consultants. We are not affiliated with any security company. We do not provide security services.

We do not sell security equipment. What we do is analyze your risk; your current security systems including personnel, supervision, training, communications, hardware, software, access control, lighting; your emergency/contingency plans; your liaisons with police, fire, and emergency management agencies. We will then provide you with a comprehensive plan, taking into consideration the nature of your residents, employees and guests.

Our President, Warren J. Sonne was the Chairman of the Security Committee at PGA Village, a 3000 Acre mixed use residential community in St. Lucie West, where he engineered the redesign and successful implementation of the security systems and emergency management plans.

Our Private Detective Services are available in Port St Lucie, FL.