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What Rights Do You Have If You Become a Criminal Suspect?

Being under investigation in a criminal case can be scary. Here’s how to handle it if you ever get into this situation.

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Receiving a call or letter from a police officer or detective notifying you that you are under investigation or a suspect for a crime can be terrifying. Your imagination might start running wild about something that you may have no idea about but are accused of.

The first thing you should do is take a few deep breaths. Panicking won’t help you accomplish anything. After you calm down, consult an experienced criminal defense counsel like ours. We will first sit down with you for a complimentary consultation and we will get you all squared away on what your rights are. One right you have is the 5th amendment right to not incriminate yourself. You don’t have to talk to the police. In fact, all you do by talking to them is hurt yourself. They can use anything you say against you to have you convicted.

Many people forget, but it’s the government that has the burden of proof in proving you are guilty. Even if there is a lot of evidence against you and you’ve been framed, a lot of what we specialize in is strategy and planning. In virtually every criminal case we’ve taken over from an inexperienced attorney or public defender, we’ve discovered that the former lawyer waits until the case picks up momentum to plan. That’s like trying to avoid an avalanche from falling on your head when it’s right behind you. It’s already too late.

We take the time to reach out to detectives and prosecutors to see how this can get resolved in a manner that doesn’t involve you going to prison, being prosecuted, or even being charged with a crime. We have been very successful in this area.

If you ever encounter that situation, give us a call or send us an email right away. We want to start defending you as soon as possible so we can get rid of those charges.