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Should I Call a Lawyer to Answer Police Questions?

Written by: Doug Ridley

How Early Intervention May Prove Critical in Your Case

Many people assume that they do not need a lawyer until they are arrested and charged with a crime. Unfortunately, by the time formal charges are brought against them, the investigation has been completed. Therefore, it is in your best interest to call a lawyer before you are interviewed by the police.

At Ridley Defense, we are experienced, dedicated criminal defense lawyers. Our team has handled thousands of cases, always working to reach a positive disposition in the case. Founder Douglas Ridley is a former Ventura County Deputy District Attorney. He knows how to “speak prosecutor” and is highly respected throughout the legal community. 

If you or a loved one is being investigated for a crime, contact our office at +18052081866 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

When Should I Hire an Attorney?

If you are being investigated for a crime or if a law enforcement agency requests an interview, it is within your best interest to retain legal counsel. You have the right to an attorney and should exercise that right from the beginning. 

If you are being asked to complete an interview with the police chances are that it is part of a criminal investigation. If you are a suspect, the things you say can and will be used against you. Without legal representation, you may not realize that the statements you are making could be seen as incriminating. Hiring an attorney as soon as possible is the best way to protect yourself.

What If I Am in the Middle of Questioning?

You have the constitutional right to legal representation. You may retain an attorney prior to being questioned or may ask for an attorney during questioning. You also have the right to remain silent. Once you ask for an attorney you should remain silent until they arrive. It is strongly recommended that you speak to an attorney before going in for questioning. The earlier you contact a lawyer, the better. 

How Can an Attorney Help?

While most people assume that attorneys can only help after criminal charges have been filed, the truth is that early intervention often proves critical in cases. Prior to charges being filed, the district attorney (D.A.) will conduct a pre-filing investigation. A criminal defense attorney can help review your case and contact the D.A. before charges are filed. By intervening early, an attorney might be able to get a reduction or dismissal of one or more of the charges. 

An attorney who has a strong working relationship with the District Attorney can also present information about the case that they might not receive from the law enforcement agency investigating the potential crime. 

D.A.s often have a limited amount of information on to base their decision and it is usually whatever the investigator has presented on the case. Retaining an attorney prior to charges being filed, during the pre-filing stage, can help ensure that you receive the best possible outcome on your case.

Being Investigated for a Crime? Contact Our Office.

Are you or a loved one being investigated for a crime? Contact our office at +18052081866 to schedule a complimentary consultation. We have over 20 years of experience helping clients protect their rights. Let us help walk you through the legal process and get your life back on track. 

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