The state builds criminal cases based on evidence. It can take time for the police to put together a case before filing formal criminal charges. You may even be aware that you are under investigation for suspected criminal activity. If so, you don’t have to wait until you’re placed under arrest to seek legal help. An attorney can help protect you in several ways at any stage of a criminal proceeding.
A lawyer can help assert and protect your rights
Once a criminal investigation is underway, there is little an attorney can do to stop it. However, a lawyer can help shield you from the police, protecting your privacy and reducing the potential for harassment. The police should know that they will have to go through your attorney if they want any information.
If the police bring you in for questioning, you can assert your right to remain silent and demand that your attorney be present. When your lawyer is in the interview room with you, you are less likely to say something that may harm your defense. Your attorney will ensure that your rights are protected during police questioning.
Legal representation can help put you at ease
The possibility of criminal charges is overwhelmingly stressful. It can help provide you with peace of mind knowing you have an advocate on your side. Your lawyer will be there to explain every step of the process, ensuring you’re not left in the dark wondering how your case is progressing.
You can avoid playing catch-up
One of the most frustrating parts of any criminal investigation is knowing that the authorities are already building a case against you. Once you bring in an attorney, you can start to level the playing field. Your lawyer will start building your defense immediately. An attorney can help negotiate less serious charges or may even get possible charges dismissed.
If you do happen to get formally charged, your lawyer will be there to fight for you from the beginning. You won’t have to worry about your legal counsel having to bring themselves up to speed.