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Why Should I Hire an Attorney During a Pre-Filing Criminal Investigation?

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No matter where you are in the process of a criminal investigation, from the moment you are arrested and forward, it is always in your best interest to work with an attorney.

Every single action (or inaction) that you take throughout the entire process will be recorded and used in court, and something that you believe is of little to no consequence may come back to cause serious issues for you during your case. When you are working with a Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney, you can be confident in their understanding of the entire criminal charge process, the consequences of each action taken, and the most appropriate steps to take for every single issue that may arise.

Early in the investigation, before it has even been filed, you will find that having the help, advice, and direction of an attorney will give you confidence and clarity and that each step you take has an actionable outcome or an intention that will later help boost your case.

Make Sure That Every Action Is Intentional

When you are working with an attorney, they will know the possible impact and repercussions of each action that you take and statement that you submit, whether it is during a pre-filing investigation or during the full trial. If you work with the same attorney all the way through the case, then there will not be any chance of “surprise” statements or actions that you took that will surprise the attorney, disrupt your case, or complicate the possible outcomes for your situation.

There is a reason that an attorney or someone familiar with legal situations will suggest that you take advantage of your right to remain silent during an arrest or while interviewing with a law officer. Something that may seem innocuous to you could ultimately turn out to be very incriminating, or cause serious complications during your trial. Work through an attorney as soon as possible, and keep quiet until you have legal counsel.

No Future Incriminating Surprises

As mentioned above, there is nothing worse than realizing during a case that some minor, seemingly inconsequential statement that you made on-record has now turned into a major issue that you and your attorney need to work extra hard to get out of. The United States legal system is extremely complicated, and if you do not have a long history of experience with criminal charges and defense, then it is always in your best interest to let the professionals make the decisions on how to best move forward and the best way to word any and all statements.

Do Not Take Advice From Anyone Who Isn’t Representing You

When you are working with law enforcement during the pre-filing investigation and interviews, they will suggest that you make certain statements or take certain actions, and may indicate that taking these steps will make your life easier and can help to “move along” the procedural work. Keep in mind that anyone working opposite you on a case is not there to help you, and is, in fact, working to get a guilty finding for your case. It isn’t much of a stretch, then, to imagine that they may encourage you to take certain actions that will make their job easier, not make your case stronger.


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