Is someone accusing you of committing a crime? Have you been contacted by law enforcement wanting to talk to you because a report has been filed accusing you of doing something wrong? Have you already spoken to law enforcement about an accusation and law enforcement wants to interview you further? Have you been asked by law enforcement to take a lie detector test? Have you been cited to appear in court by a law enforcement officer? Have you been arrested by law enforcement and booked at the county jail? Has your home been searched by law enforcement because they had a warrant?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then it may be that you will be facing criminal charges. You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. The attorney will discuss what your rights are and explain all of your options. Any individual who is facing any type of criminal allegation will benefit from consulting a criminal defense attorney. It is never too late to speak to an attorney about your legal problem.
Your criminal case can begin in several different ways. If you have already been arrested or cited to appear in court, then formal charges may be filed against you by the prosecutor. At this point it is important that you consult with a criminal defense attorney to go over what your rights are and what options you may have in your situation.
The criminal court system can be extremely overwhelming and stressful for people and their families. By consulting with a criminal defense attorney before your first court appearance, you will appear in court with the knowledge and understanding of the proceedings against you at your first court appearance and beyond.
If you have not been cited to appear in court or arrested, but have been contacted by law enforcement because they would like to speak to you, then your situation may be a "pre-charge matter". In this situation, law enforcement may be conducting an investigation and formal charges may not have been filed yet.
To speak or not speak to law enforcement is a very important decision of yours. It is important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can explain to you what your rights are, what options you will have in this particular situation, and determine the best course of action to be taken in order to protect your rights.