One method which is rarely spoken about but is quite effective during private investigations are trash pulls.
It is absolutely amazing what people will throw away. In some of our previous investigations we have found mushrooms (later certified by a lab as Psilocybin), syringes, methamphetamine residual found in the corners of plastic bags, lots of discarded prescription bottles, documents detailing litigation plans, 100's of empty alcohol containers, and the list goes on.
Additionally, trash pulls can give us an incredible amount of insight into the other party's lifestyle and persons living in the household. We often will find schedules, addresses, pay stubs, etc. All of which give us leads especially in difficult cases.
Best of all, the practice of pulling trash for investigative purposes is legitimate as well as legal. Once the trash is thrown away and placed at the curb, the owner has essentially thrown away all ownership to the property. The Austin Police Department detectives are known to pull trash as part of their investigations.
For those of you who are ininterested in having a trash pull done, please feel free to call and we can quickly determine if a trash pull is right for you.