The moment you become aware that you are under suspicion of a crime of any type, it is prudent to contact an attorney. Discovering that there is a possibility that you will be arrested and charged in the future affords you a unique opportunity to prepare in advance for any contact with the police and investigators. In fact, it is preferable to learn that you are a suspect prior to arrest. An attorney can aid you in preparing for a potential future arrest. Those who have no notice that they are under suspicion before the moment they are placed in handcuffs are at a considerable disadvantage - they are more prone to making costly mistakes during questioning before requesting an attorney. Particularly if the criminal offense you are suspected of is a felony, having an attorney’s assistance from the outset of an investigation against you can be enormously beneficial. If you believe that the police are investigating you for potential criminal activity or that you have become a suspect, contacting a lawyer promptly can make a vast difference in your case.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Prior to Arrest
In some cases, an attorney can preempt certain investigative techniques used by police to protect you from potential incrimination. Reasons that you should contact an attorney before formal charges have been levied include:
Knowing what to do - There is a significant amount of misinformation and myths perpetuated about what the constitutional rights of an arrestee or suspect are. By communicating with an attorney in advance of a potential arrest, you will be armed with accurate and up-to-date information regarding what rights you have and what the police may or may not do....