There are many circumstances where you may become involved in an investigation even though charges are yet to be filed. It is very important to secure counsel in these matters. The aim of counsel is often to stop law enforcement from contacting you, determine whether or not you are a “target” in the investigation or solely a witness, to assess the strength of the government’s case, and to work with law enforcement to turn you into authorities in the event you are going to be charged. An attorney can protect you from being surprised with an arrest warrant or being taken into custody. Also, it permits you to have an advocate with you at a preliminary arraignment to argue for a reasonable bail being set. Finally, – securing an attorney allows for your defense to start being developed and evidence preserved.
If you know or believe you are under investigation for a crime you need an attorney. This is your last chance to influence whether or not you are formally charged. An attorney can stop law enforcement from being able to investigate or speak to you in certain manners. Further, they can act as your mouthpiece in providing evidence to law enforcement without the risk of them being able to use your words against you at a later time in trial. When law enforcement has contacted you in reference to an ongoing investigation the first step is making sure that they no longer contact you. We will immediately contact the investigating officer and inform them that you have retained counsel and ask that the no longer contact you directly but instead only act through your counsel. They will also be advised that in the event they decide to move forward with charges, to contact us directly and we will plan a time to turn-in. This accomplished two things. First, you will be prepared and will be able to go on your own to turn-in on the charges rather than being arrested at a time when you are not prepared. Second, it will enable us to prepare for the first time that you are in front of a judge for your case. In particular, it will permit us to prepare an argument for a reasonable bail that will permit you to remain out of custody as the case is being prepared and litigated.