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Assaults with Firearms are on the Rise in Costa Rica

Assaults with firearms are on the rise in Costa Rica

Money LaunderingIf you are coming to Costa Rica be aware that assaults with firearms are on the rise. As we have recently reported that visitors here should take precautions when visiting here, the English speaking news paper Inside Costa Rica published an article stating that assaults with firearms are on the rise.

Use common sense when visiting Costa Rica

Just like many of the metropolitan cities in the United States, there are areas that you know that are inherently dangerous. The same is true here.

1. Don’t travel by foot during the night

2. leave your valuables in the hotel

3. Carry one credit card and little cash

4. Carry a copy of your passport with the date of entry page

5. Beware of strangers

6. If you have a rental car and have a flat remain in your car and refuse any assistance from passerby’s

7. Travel in groups

8. Reamain in well lite areas

9. If traveling to the beach make sure that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return

10. Beware of ex-pats that tell you where the “hot spots” are.

Although not comprehensive if you follow these simple common sense rules, the chances of you falling victim to a robbery or an assault is greatly diminished. Remember the police here are not the same as the United States. They are undermined, under equipped and take little or no action. Costa Rica has a law that makes any theft under $500 no consequence. That’s right, if the theft is less than $500 you are out of luck!

For more information and advisories as where to stay, where to visit or other information, please feel free to call us at 321-218-9209.


Dropping off the Grid in Costa Rica

Are you thinking about dropping off the grid in Costa Rica?

How to Avoid Scas and fraud in Costa RicaThere are good reasons for dropping off the grid in Costa Rica. There are also many bad reasons to want to as well. While I will not discuss into the whys of dropping off the grid, I will discuss my opinions on doing so in Costa Rica.This article covers what I consider to be the most salient points on how to disappear and remain successfully hidden in Costa Rica. If you’re thinking of hiding from a moral responsibility — such as child support — I want you to stop reading this right now and seek counseling. This article isn’t for you. If you’re thinking about committing a crime and then trying to get away with it, don’t be an idiot: you will get caught — it’s just a matter of when — and nothing in this article can possibly help you. If you’re thinking of running from an abusive, ex wife, ex-girlfriend, ex-husband, or ex-boyfriend who wishes to do you harm, I wish you the very best and hope that some of these suggestions and contact references prove helpful.

If you’re thinking about taking your children with you, DON’T! Bring yourself and your children to another country, there is no reason you should ever drag your children around with you while on the run or while hiding. They don’t deserve the abuse and you’re being selfish if you try to.
The authorities will be highly motivated into tracking you down if you bring your kids with you as well. Think about what’s best for those you leave behind and, as difficult as it will be leave them behind!

Understand Who or What You’re Hiding From:

You should consider the resources of the individual or organization which you’re hiding from as well as their degree of motivation for finding you. Always over-estimate the resolve of those seeking to find you yet keep your estimations reasonable. Greatly over-estimating your opposition can cause you to behave in predictable, patterned ways, however. It is the predictability of your actions based upon your opposition’s controlled stimulus which can get you caught.

If your opposition are police authorities, rest assured that they have decades of experience to back them up whereas to them, you’re nothing more than another faceless fugitive on the run. To them you’re no one special; it’s not usually personal (unless you’ve killed a cop in which case they will get you — and I hope you’ll have an “accident” on the way to the police station.) To you, however, being hunted down is quite personal. They know how you will feel and will use that against you.

If you’ve entered the Costa Rica illegally to start a new life, (or are planning to) you must contend with immigration officials which have historically been under-staffed, poorly-managed, and staffed by incompetents who only want to carry a gun but couldn’t make it in the police force. Unlike police officers, immigration officials didn’t get into their line of work to help people; they got into their line of work to keep you out of the country and to track you down and throw you out if you do get in. Their desire is to subject you to their control, feeding their power trips, making themselves feel manly. Unlike police officers, they aren’t out to help.

Obstacles Obtaining Residency in Costa Rica:

The Costa Rica law requires specific requirements to obtain residency. You must present a certified copy of your criminal record from the State in which you reside. If you are running from the law this is a lead that the law enforcement authorities can use to track you down. The certification must be done in the form of a apostille for Costa Rica. The same is true for a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Costa Rica has provisions for tourist to stay for up to 90 days. After 90 days you must leave the country and remain out of Costa Rica for 3 days. Recently, the government is cracking down on perpetual tourist and only permitting them to stay for 30 days. Additionally, Nicaragua and Panama authorities are requiring return trip proof prior to admitting people into their countries.

Convenience marriages are now illegal in Costa Rica. Thus you must meet the criteria for residency including those of being married. If you marry a Costa Rica national, you must prove that you are living with your spouse and that it is a real marriage for two years.

You will have to meet that burden of proof each time you get your residency reapproved annually. There are additional requirements which also must be met.

Assistance in Staying in Costa Rica:

Our firm is the most respected in Costa Rica. We are partnered with a licensed Costa Rica Law Firm and can assist you in making the transition. Please feel free to contact us if you are thinking about relocating. You can reach us toll free at 321-218-9209.

Catch a Cheater in Costa Rica

Five Step Plan to Catch a Cheater in Costa Rica

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The five step plan to catch a cheater in Costa Rica: Cheater that come to Costa Rica have often laid the groundwork for their misdeeds long before they actually arrive. The advances we have witnessed with the seemingly never ending cadre of new devices and applications have in many instances given cheaters a false sense of security. Today most cheaters think they have an advantage by using such devices and applications to communicate. In order to take advantage of this misconception I recommend the following five steps to catch a cheater in Costa Rica.

Step 1: Make a Decision

First, you should decide whether or not it’s worth knowing if your partner is cheating. I know of instances where some prefer not to know. Innocent victims of a cheater owe it to themselves and their families to know the truth. After taking into consideration all the circumstances, if you think knowing the truth is in your best interest, then you make the decision to catch the cheater.

Step 2: Be Prepared

Once the decision has been made to catch the cheater you must prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario. It is gut wrenching to have positive indisputable evidence of a person that for a number of years has been your husband or boyfriend is actually cheating on you. It is prudent to be prepared financially as well to carry out the investigation. Cheaters never perform on cue. It takes perseverance and patience to catch a cheater. The more information you supply the investigator the more effective and efficient they can be and thus save you time and money.

(Some things I will need from you; several recent photographs, his itinerary, flight number arrival date, location he is staying, travelling companions, habits, distinguishing marks such as tattoos and the length of his stay. In our pre-investigation interview I will discuss other things as well.)

Step 3: Deploy

Probably the most important thing that you will have to do is the hiring of a private investigator in Costa Rica. You want to hire a private investigator that has the experience and resources to carry out the mission. You also want a private investigator that listens to your ideas and concerns with regard to conducting the investigation. There are private investigators here in Costa Rica that will attempt to bully you and or tell you what is or what is not in your best interest. They will also ask you to send them money be a Western Union. You should exercise extreme caution with any investigator that ask you to send them money via Western Union. There are some here that can no longer receive money from Western Union in their own name and therefore ask you to send it to a third-party. This is a big red flag.

Probably, the most frequent question I get is about cost and conducting an investigation in Costa Rica. Although a third world country the cost of living and operating here is higher than that in the United States. For example, gasoline is almost $6.00 a gallon; a 2 Liter bottle of Coke is $3.00; a combo from McDonald’s is $6.50; these prices are due in part to the Costa Rica government placing taxes on all consumer goods.

Competent and experienced investigators the United States routinely charge between $60 and $100 per hour plus expenses for their services. You should expect similar rates from competent and qualified investigators in Costa Rica. When you interview investigators in Costa Rica and they tell you they have a flat rate of $200 a day, you will sadly learn that this is nothing more than a ruse to ask you for more money as the investigation progresses. Some will hold the results of their investigation as hostage until you send them more money.

Step 4:  Wait and be patient

As I mentioned earlier cheaters never perform on cue. To catch a cheater it is a matter of being in the right place at the right time to capture his/her indiscretions. This is not rocket science but it does require perseverance and patience not only on the part of the investigator that on the client as well. I know it is human nature to want to know everything that is going on during the course of an investigation. But it is extremely important that you follow my instructions during the surveillance. I will keep you informed of any relevant or important events, but will require that you keep this information to yourself until the investigation is complete. The investigation is only as good as the secrecy of the operation is maintained.

Step 5: Review the Results

 Many times, due to circumstances and or obstacles clear-cut proof cannot be obtained. For example, getting a video are photographic evidence of an intimate encounter between the cheater and his lover is rare. However, when reviewing the available evidence, and taking into consideration the totality of the circumstances to which the evidence speaks, you need to ask yourself; what a reasonable person viewing the same evidence would conclude? This is what you call circumstantial evidence and the conclusion is drawn from the preponderance of the evidence. If we obtain photographic evidence of the cheater at a bar that is known to be a meeting place for prostitutes and the cheater is captured with a woman in such a place and then leaves with that woman, what would a reasonable person to conclude?

Regrettably, these investigations lead to divorce. I recommend that prior to confronting a cheater with the evidence of his infidelity, that you sit down with a divorce attorney and allow him to advise you as to the best manner to proceed.

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