Before every case can go to Court, there is an investigation that takes place. Not all cases involve police arresting a person in the act of committing a crime, sometimes crimes can take months, even years to investigate before proceeding with a case. When the police begin their investigation, they speak to victims, any possible witnesses, and finally the person accused of the crime.
Sometimes in sex cases, for example, a victim may wait several years before coming forward and disclosing to either their parents, their teachers, or their therapists. Because the Statute of Limitations is very broad in Sex Crimes, normally once a disclosure has been made, even if it is years later, can lead to an investigation, and ultimately your arrest.
They then put all of this information into Police Reports that will eventually be submitted to the Prosecutor’s Office to determine whether a case can be filed criminally or not, and of crimes, they can determine you may have committed. Once they do, you could be in the unfortunate situation of having Police show up at your job and embarrassingly arrest you in front of every person you work with.
II. What can I do if I am under investigation?
Hire an Attorney. It’s as simple as that. Generally speaking, you always want to speak to an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney if there is even a possibility that you have committed a crime and are under an Investigation by Police. There are many traps Police will lay that can have you stumbling into a confession before you know what happened.
You need to be advised of what your rights are as a citizen and be told what to avoid doing while this investigation happens. Make note, no Attorney, no matter how experienced, can make an Investigation simply “go away”, and you should question any person that makes you believe that is a chance. Very often, there is no Filing District Attorney that your Attorney can call to explain to not file charges, or to ask for a favor to avoid a filing decision. That isn’t possible.
However, by hiring an attorney, you put yourself in the position of having your Attorney act as your adviser, your legal shield, and the person who can walk you through what is going to happen next. This not only protects you, but it makes your case much easier to defend against.
III. What can I do for you?
Once you retain my services in your case, I am available to explain the entire process to you and assist in the preparation for your pending case. I can speak to the Detectives investigating you on your behalf, letting them know that you have an Attorney, that you are invoking your Right to Remain Silent, and to contact me regarding any updates in the case. Please note, your Attorney’s words can never be used against you, that is why having one speak for you is so crucial to protecting yourself. Once you have retained an Attorney, Police cannot continue to question you without your Attorney present, although, some Police officers I have seen will violate that right, that can always be addressed in your case.
We will also send letters of representation to the Police, letting them know our status as your Attorney. This can help, because, in many situations, Police will contact me directly, letting me know the status of the case. Thus, if a Warrant were to issue for your Arrest, we can arrange what is called a “Peaceful Surrender”, where we, and a bail bondsman, will meet at the Police Station, at our own agreed-upon convenience, to avoid the embarrassing “Perp Walk” at your job.
This also helps in possible arguments for a reduced Bail in the future. By showing the Court that you retained Legal Counsel early on, it shows that you intend to stay and fight your criminal case, and not flee and run. It helps to show that you are not a flight risk, and can easily abide by any restrictions the Court will request for a lowered bail amount.
We can also keep you updated on the status of your case. This would mean regularly checking with Law Enforcement and the Prosecutor’s Office to see where your case, if it is under review, if it has been rejected, or if they have made a decision to file criminal charges against you.
IV. Call Today
Being under a criminal investigation can be scary, and making the wrong move can be devastating for you. Police are not contacting you as a suspect to be your friend; they want to arrest you. You need to protect yourself, and protect your rights if you’re going to get through this. I can help you through this, from the beginning until the very end of your criminal case. Our Prefiling Investigation Ontario criminal defense attorney has successfully represented and protected numerous clients in the Prefiling Investigation phase. The initial consultation is free and we are available to answer your questions 24/7. Call the Inland Empire Criminal Defense today at 909-939-7126! Located in Ontario, CA.