This week, two individuals came to my office to determine whether they should hire a criminal attorney. They were being investigated for two completely different offenses. One was being investigated for a child sex crimes offense, the other for a massive white-collar crime. They sensed they should get a criminal defense lawyer. Something told them if they didn’t, they’d be worse off.
In other words, their “Spider Sense” was tingling.
These individuals should be commended for their foresight. Most people suspected of a crime do not consult with an attorney, even when they feel like they should. This is a grave mistake and often harmful to their case. Without an attorney, a suspect might speak to police or do other things that end up hurting their case. Once they hire an attorney after they’re charged, the attorney has to try and put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Good, experienced, and accomplished criminal attorneys can do lots of things. But one thing that we cannot do is summon a time machine and change the past. Our job is easier when a suspect has not tried to take things into their own hands or talk their way out of trouble.
In a criminal case, as in medicine, prevention is better than treatment. Every suspect should hire an attorney during an investigation. The type of case does not matter — be it a child sex offense, online solicitation of a child, possessing child pornography, theft, fraud, or assault with family violence.
The advantages of hiring a great criminal defense attorney in the investigation phase are indisputable. Often, the defense attorney can prevent charges from being filed. And if charges are filed, the defense attorney can best position the case to be defended.
These two individuals were smart enough to not only meet with us, but also to hire us. They trusted their instincts. Trust your Spider Sense too. Contact us today for a no-cost, no-risk initial consultation
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