Pre-filing investigation services: Introduction
There are several reasons why you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle your criminal case. The main reason is because it will likely yield a far better outcome than if you handled your case alone. However, did you know that it’s highly recommended that you hire an attorney even before criminal charges are filed against you? Below we explore pre-filing investigations and the benefits of hiring a top criminal defense attorney for pre-filing investigation services.
Criminal charges usually start with the police investigating an alleged incident. At this stage, police normally talk to the alleged victim and any witnesses. Upon gathering information from victims and witnesses, police normally contact the person being accused to gather further information.
Goal of investigation
One of the goals during the police contact with the person suspected of committing a crime is to gather damaging information. Police may want to know if the person being accused has anything to say in regards to the accusation. In the event that the accused provides damaging information, police will use that information to arrest the suspect. In addition, police will provide any information to the prosecutor and try to build a criminal case against the suspect.
The police will contact the suspect and ask for an interview. Police may try to frame the interview in a manner that appears that the police are trying to help the suspect. At this point, if you are being suspected of committing a crime, it is best to exercise your right to remain silent and hire an attorney.
What should you do next?
Get a lawyer. A lawyer should help protect you during the investigation stages. Normally, your lawyer will try and gather as much information from the police about the allegation and try to prevent the situation from getting any worse.
We can help
If police are currently contacting you regarding an alleged incident, do not talk to the police! Instead the Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher, we can help. We will represent you during the initial investigations and in the event that criminal charges are filed against you, we can also help. Call our offices today to schedule your free consultation at 800-797-87406.