Are You Being Investigated?
What Should You Do If Police Suspect You Of A Crime?
You believe that law enforcement is investigating you for criminal activity, and you feel terrified. You have no idea what to do, whom to confide in or what your future holds.
If you need help because you face a criminal investigation, attorney Craig Williams at Craig Williams, Attorney at Law, PLLC, can help you. As an experienced and successful criminal defense lawyer, he has protected countless clients from criminal charges. Here, he has provided important information about what to do if you believe you are the subject of an investigation.
Know Your Rights
You have the constitutional right not to speak to the police. Exercise it. Anything you say will be used against you. If you believe you are the target in a criminal investigation, if a police officer has been to your house, work or has called to talk with you, DO NOT ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS.
You cannot “make it go away” by explaining yourself to the police if they suspect you have committed a crime. If the police have decided that you are the suspect, often, they will arrest you regardless of what you say.
Do Not Talk About The Case — Even To People You Know
Beware the “CONFRONTATION CALL.” A confrontation call is where the alleged victim, friend or family member calls you as nothing is going on. The person calling will engage you in conversation to catch you off guard. That person is at the police station, and the police are recording every statement you make. Often, it does not matter what you say because they will twist your words against you.
Get A Lawyer Immediately
You should hire a criminal defense attorney to work for you during the investigation and act as a go-between for you and the police. Contact an attorney before you talk to anyone. Because Craig has worked closely with all the prosecutors in the county, we can contact them ahead of time to present important facts that may affect your case. Our office can also accept service of process of a criminal summons on your behalf, so that you may not be arrested at your home or at work.
If Indicted, Do Not Give Up Hope
When a prosecutor believes he or she has probable cause for a charge, they will seek an indictment from a grand jury. The grand jury meets every week to decide there is enough evidence to charge a suspect. Probable cause is a very low burden of proof for the prosecution.
While this appears to be a virtual lock, you can fight this. Prosecutors must present exculpatory evidence to the grand jury. Craig will present the good evidence for you to the prosecutor so that they can present it to the grand jury. This may stop an indictment from happening — and prevent a formal charge.
In some cases, it may be beneficial for you to request to testify before the grand jury. Craig has been successful in presenting facts and testimony to the grand jury, which resulted in a “No Bill” (no charges and no indictment).
Ask Craig About Your Investigation
Craig Williams is the lawyer to contact if you suspect that you are the target of any criminal investigation in Arizona. Schedule a consultation at our office in Prescott to discuss your case. Call us at 928-759-0000 or send us an email.