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How Can A Criminal Defense Lawyer Help You During An Investigation In Ohio?

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Not every criminal case begins with an arrest, as law enforcement agencies might conduct an investigation into a criminal offense before making arrests, as they might need more evidence to obtain an arrest warrant or for the prosecutor to issue charges. Investigations are often a common part of the criminal process for different types of suspected crimes, such as: 

Police might not immediately know who was involved in the above offenses, or they may need additional time to build a case against a defendant, including trying to process physical evidence or obtain a confession. 

So, should you have defense representation during a police investigation? The short answer is yes, it is always wise to call a defense lawyer if you suspect - or know - you are under investigation. The following are only some ways the right criminal defense attorney can help during this time.

Advising You During Interviews

An attorney can advise you during police questioning and interrogations to ensure that you do not provide answers that might be self-incriminating or otherwise used against you.

Conducting An Independent Investigation

A defense lawyer also has investigative resources and knows how to find evidence and witnesses that could work in your favor. When presented to authorities, it can help to prevent charges being issued against you.

Knowing The Law

Experienced criminal defense attorneys should be up to date with the latest laws and court cases regarding your constitutional rights during and after an investigation. Your lawyer can use this knowledge to ensure the investigation is conducted properly and that police investigators do not overstep.

Prearranging Your Arrest

If the authorities obtain an arrest warrant during an investigation, it can be beneficial to turn yourself in instead of waiting for the police to show up at your home or place of work. Your attorney can advise you of the process and help you arrange for a bail bondsman. If you have everything in order for your bail and bond before you present yourself for arrest, it can help expedite your release so you can get back to your job and family, reducing the impact of your arrest on your life.

Helping In Your Defense

As an experienced criminal defense lawyer represents you during an investigation, they can be paying attention to the case that law enforcement officers believe they are building against you. This can give your lawyer a head start when it comes to designing your defense against any criminal charges you will face.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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