Wayne Halick is a Licensed Private Detective and Certified Fraud Examiner. Detective Halick was awarded the “Life Saver Award” for recovering a 15-year-old girl who was held against her will, drugged, and forced into prostitution. Wayne has excelled as a private detective for 17 years, 12 of those spent with the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd. Detective Halick sat down and discussed the many successes of his career and the importance of fathers’ rights with us:
What drew you to the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.?
My relationship with the Law Office of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd. began years ago, resulting in the successful restoration of custody to a father of his son and two daughters from a potentially dangerous situation. This client had a very complicated custody case, one that required a great deal of surveillance. The mother was neglecting the children by leaving my clients children with her elderly parents who were not able to move around without assistance and were suffering from dementia, as the mother went out and partied. Unfortunately, I had hours of surveillance video of the children being neglected.
During one surveillance, I observed the client’s three-year-old son on the side of his home alone without supervision. The child had on no coat, it was cold, and he was alone. A few minutes later, his mother arrived at the residence. The boy saw her, turned toward her, and his body appeared to stiffen as if he were scared. She was walking quickly and talking on her cell phone. When she was approximately five feet from the child, he turned and began to walk away from her. At this point she grabbed his right arm with her right hand and yanked him toward her. I saw his head jerk to the side from the force. She then appeared very angry and he started crying. On another occasion the boy was outside by himself and a car slammed on its brakes to avoid hitting him. The mother and her parents were nowhere to be seen.
The client’s attorney had never used a private detective and was, in my opinion, intimidated by the mother’s attorney and in over his head. The client had wasted thousands of dollars on inept counsel and achieved no results. As I watched this father’s case go up in flames I finally convinced him to meet with Mr. Leving. Given my line of work, I was familiar with many attorneys, and Mr. Leving’s name always came up because of his firm’s successes in the court room. Always available, Mr. Leving met with me and the client. I was very impressed with his knowledge of the case and that he met with us personally. He had read the client’s file before the meeting and had a strategy already drafted up. Mr. Leving was so impressed with my surveillance footage that he asked if I wouldn’t mind handling cases for his firm. I am thrilled that opportunity presented itself and I have had the opportunity to work with some of the finest attorneys and continue to fight for fathers and their children. It has been a dream come true.
Why did you choose to pursue family law as a private detective?
The case I mentioned before made such an impact on me. I was able to see first-hand how children are protected by being placed with the more responsible parent. I remember after one surveillance where the little boy was outside by himself, the father broke down in tears on the phone and said, “I’m so glad you were there to watch my boy. You’re there watching him, and his mother is not. You’re like his guardian angel.”
As a result of this case, I also got to see firsthand how there is a bias in the court system that makes it extremely difficult for fathers to get a fair shake.
You’ve had many successes in your career – can you tell me about your most memorable investigation?
I have had many cases that stand out in my mind as successes. I’ve been blessed with a talent for finding missing children and hidden assets. I’ve gone undercover and have had more than a few blood pumping moments. I guess one recent case that comes to mind is where I located a $1.6 million dollar bank account that the mother had been concealing from the father (our client). Finding money is not always as exciting as finding a missing child, but when you stop to think about how the money in that account will go a long way to ensure children are financially taken care of now and in the future, it’s very satisfying.
What do fathers’ rights mean to you?
I’m glad you asked because I think fathers’ rights mean different things to different people. When I think of father’ rights, I think of “empowerment”, meaning fathers don’t have to give up and be kicked to the curb by the courts and society. They have hope, they’re not powerless. They need to exercise their rights, and to do that they need a skilled attorney who can help them and empower them.
What is one piece of advice you would want to share with fathers?
Well, I actually have two pieces of advice. First, I would recommend for any father seeking custody to hire an attorney that focuses solely on custody and family law. This is no different than going to a specialist for a heart problem or brain tumor. A general physician will refer you to a specialist, but most attorneys will not. Sadly, they will take your money and try their best, which is usually only enough to cover their backside.
This brings me to my second bit of advice. When we as men are looking to buy something, whether it be a car, television, home remodeling, etc., we love to shop around and get the best deal. There are attorneys out there who know this and who charge low rates, but you get what you pay for. If you pay one attorney a bargain basement fee and it takes him twice as long to do anything as an attorney who charges a fair fee for top-notch service, and the bargain basement attorney messes up your case in the process, did you really save money? I’m not saying fathers should hire the most expensive attorney. I’m just saying, if you’re going to make the investment in your children, be sure to hire the most qualified attorney, and one who can give you the best chance of winning. I like saving money but I love winning! The good news is Jeffery Leving and his law firm love winning, too.