January 9, 2017 By Paul Wallin


I’m Being Investigated for a Crime. What Do I Do Now?

Many people think that when they are accused of a crime, they will automatically be convicted, but this is far from the case. In fact, before you could be convicted, you will have to be formally charged with a crime. Before you are charged, an investigator will look into your case to find out if the evidence against you is strong enough to file charges. This period is known as “pre-filing investigation.”

If you are accused of a crime, it is best for you to begin building your defense immediately by hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney during the pre-filing investigation period. Your attorney may be able to help you avoid being arrested and facing serious criminal charges.

Why You Should Hire an Attorney During the Pre-Filing Investigation

One of the most important reasons you should hire an attorney during the pre-filing investigation period is so that your lawyer can handle all interactions with law enforcement officials.

Investigators will likely contact you to ask you questions or may ask you to come into a police station for an interrogation. This is voluntarily during the pre-filing period, but authorities may try to make it seem like you are required to answer questions. Anything you say to the police can be used against you, which is why it is never a good idea to speak to anyone from law enforcement if you are accused of a crime.

Often, police only wish to speak to you in an attempt for you to make an admission or confession that you committed a crime. Police may state in their report that you made statements that you did not make. In some cases, a prosecutor may decide to file charges against you due to these statements that the police indicate were made by you. You should instead decline to speak to the police and hire our law firm before doing so. This could lead to your case being dropped.

Protecting Your Rights

Another reason why you should hire a criminal lawyer to represent you before charges are filed is to protect your rights. Even though you have not been formally charged with a crime, you have rights. It is your lawyer’s job to make sure those rights are not violated.

No Charges or Lesser Charges

During the investigation period, charges have not been filed against you. That means your criminal lawyer may be able to convince investigators and/or the district attorney’s office not to file formal charges or to file charges for a lesser crime.

In order to achieve this, your skilled criminal attorney can do all of the following to help you prepare your defense:

  • Gather background information about the alleged victim to attack his or her credibility
  • Investigate the case to discover new facts that show you are not guilty of the crime or you are actually guilty of a lesser crime
  • Attempt to show that the evidence against you is weak and try to convince the prosecutor not to file formal charges against you

Contact the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Today

If you have been accused of a crime, it is best to begin your defense immediately. That is why you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Our skilled criminal defense lawyers at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully defending our clients accused of serious crimes for more than 40 years. We’ve helped thousands of clients in their time of legal need, and we can help you now.

With offices in Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Diego, West Covina, Torrance and Victorville, you can find an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal attorney available near you wherever you work or live.

Call us at (877) 4-NO- JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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