Is it too early to hire a lawyer if there is only an accusation that you may have committed a criminal offense? If you are asking the question, it may be too late. Your best hope of avoiding charges is with the proactive and early intervention of pre-charge investigation and consultation defense attorneys.
What do I do if I’m under investigation? If you have reason to believe that law enforcement (police, federal agents, CPS, etc…) is interested in speaking with you or questioning you, or if you have been arrested and released without charges, then you are currently in the “Pre-charge” or “Investigation Stage” of a criminal case. This is the most important time to hire an experienced Criminal Defense lawyer to avoid being charged with a crime that may affect your permanent record or subject you to the possibility of jail or prison.
Talking with the Police Prior During an Investigation
All police, special agents and law enforcement officers are different and use various techniques when attempting to build a case against a person accused of a felony or misdemeanor charge. During the “pre-charge” phase of an investigation, the investigator will most likely take a very friendly approach in an attempt not to scare a suspect or prompt them to connect with a lawyer. Common statements by law enforcement meant to manipulate a suspect include the following:
- “You do not need a lawyer; you are not considered a suspect at this time.”
- “We only want to talk to you to clear up a few things.”
- “It does not look like you are going to be charged with anything, we just have to complete a report for informational purposes.”
- “Once we take your statement, we can close the file and forget about all of this.”
- “Things will go easier for you if you make a statement.”
- “We just want your side of the story.”
The truth is that “anything” you say “can and will” be used against you. Even if you do not “confess” the police will likely claim your body language was suspicious or claim that even a minor discrepancy or mistake is red flag showing guilt. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can speak on your behalf and protect you so that your own statements are not misconstrued or used against you at a later time. The police try to convince you not to have a lawyer because they know a good attorney will protect you and make it more difficult to get the evidence needed to bring charges.
Steps Can be Taken to Protect You
Successful defense attorneys know that being proactive in protecting a client’s rights results can prevent criminal charges from being filed. There are various steps that can be taken to defend a client before charges are ever filed. Depending on the circumstances, favorable evidence can be collected or preserved, experts can render helpful opinions, favorable witness statements can taken, and flaws in police evidence can be exposed. A lawyer can speak for a suspect in a way that is persuasive and this can be done in a way that cannot be used at a later time as evidence in court.
The Greatest Investment You Will Ever Make
If a lawyer can take measures to prevent you from being charged or, in the alternative, convince the government to charge less serious charges, what is that worth? The fact is that people are convicted in state and federal court every day in the United States of crimes they did not commit. The system is far from perfect. Being innocent does not necessarily mean that you will be acquitted of charges simply because you are “innocent”. A lawyer who can potentially stop charges or lock down favorable evidence prior to a charge, provides a service that is invaluable. Doing nothing and hoping “the truth will prevail,” generally results in wrongful charges and may result in an unnecessary conviction.
Proactive and Effective Criminal Defense on a Pre-Charge Basis
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience protecting and defending clients during the pre-charge investigation stage of the criminal process. We have helped countless clients avoid charges that seemed unavoidable and we have helped prevent charges that would have been more serious or numerous. If you have reason to believe that someone has accused you of a felony or misdemeanor in federal or state court in Michigan, you need to contact our pre-charge investigation and consultation defense attorneys as soon as possible. We will tirelessly work to protect your rights and do whatever is necessary to keep you from being charged.
Call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form and a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer will promptly contact you.