If you are under investigation
If you discover that you are under investigation by law enforcement, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. If police or investigators want to question you about a crime, they are not trying to clear your name – they are gathering evidence with which to prosecute you and anyone else they suspect is involved. Police can and often do lie to you during questioning, and you should never speak with them during an investigation unless you have consulted with a criminal defense attorney and that attorney is present during the questioning.
We will notify all agencies involved that you have representation, and from that point forward all communications will be through my office. You do not have to speak to the police without the advice of counsel. The investigation is a critical stage in your case, where, depending on the circumstances of your case, we might have the opportunity to prevent charges from being filed, turn a felony into a misdemeanor, direct law enforcement to favorable evidence, or negotiate a non-criminal resolution. If charges are ultimately filed against you, we can arrange for your surrender and facilitate the setting of bond in a timely manner. Throughout the process we can keep you reasonably informed on the status of the investigation and make sure that you understand your rights.
I cannot stress enough that the best time for an attorney to get involved in your case is before charges have been filed.
If you are under investigation, contact our Myrtle Beach office at 843-444-6122 or contact us online for a free initial consultation about your options before you speak to law enforcement.