BAKERSFIELD CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
Here are a few you things you need to know:
1. DO NOT GIVE ANY STATEMENTS to any police officers,
investigators, social workers, attorneys, or anyone asking about
the allegations, without first consulting a Lawyer. Inform anyone
who asks about the allegations that upon advice of your attorney
you cannot make any statements or respond to any questions.
THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF POLICE QUESTIONING IS TO ELICIT
STATEMENTS THAT WILL BE USED TO PROSECUTE YOU.
2. DO NOT DISCUSS THE ALLEGATIONS WITH ANYONE. Your
statements to friends, relatives or co-workers are not privileged
and may be used against you in Court.
3. DO NOT agree to take or submit to any lie detector test or
polygraph without first consulting with a lawyer.
4. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY if you receive any
official contact (from the Court, police, D.A.’s office, etc.)
regarding the allegations.
During this period of investigation AN ATTORNEY can contact
law enforcement regarding your case. However, law
enforcement is not required to speak with your attorney and may
choose to not discuss the allegations. Further, the authorities
can take whatever actions the law permits (including arrest or
filing of charges) with or without your attorney’s knowledge or
approval. A suspect in a crime investigation may be arrested at
any time, anywhere, as permitted by law, if the police feel they
have enough evidence to make a case, regardless of whether the
suspect has an attorney.
Nevertheless, having an experienced criminal defense attorney
retained in advance for a pending case has several advantages,
including: 1) an attorney can be a contact and intermediary for
official contacts between a suspect and the police, 2) the
presence of an attorney can give the police assurance that a
suspect will not flee the jurisdiction, which may lead to lower bail
or immediate release after an arrest, and 3) an attorney already
familiar with the allegations, who is “up to speed”, can act
quickly after an arrest to advocate on behalf of a client.
A police investigation can last for weeks, or months, and long
periods of time can pass without any new information or
contact. Criminal charges, depending on the allegations, can be
filed up to one year on misdemeanor offenses, and sometimes as
long as six years after the date of alleged wrongdoing. Police
agencies are overwhelmed with work, and sometimes this
creates a backlog resulting in delays unrelated to the substance
of a particular case.
If you or a loved one is being investigated by the Police or other
Law Enforcement agency contact our office today for a FREE
consultation with a Lawyer.