What is the Benefit of Hiring a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Before the Case is Filed?
A lot of people get wind that they're being investigated and instead of getting to an attorney right away hiring them pre-filing, they just bury their head in the sand and hope for the best.
They don't want to fork-out the money. They figure, if I hire an attorney then they're going to think that I'm guilty. All of these things are just short-sided thinking, and arguably, the reason you got yourself in this problem in the first place.
Criminal Investigation By Federal Law Enforcement
Once you have an idea that you're being investigated by the federal government, however that comes to you:
- maybe they execute a search warrant at your house,
- maybe someone tells you you're being investigated,
- maybe the feds come and try to talk to you about an investigation.
Whatever the case may be, you've got to get an attorney right away and you need one that has a lot of experience doing federal criminal cases.
Hiring a Lawyer Pre-Filing
The benefit of having an attorney pre-filing is immeasurable and there's a bunch of different angles to that statement. Number one, the attorney acts as a buffer between you and the police.
So, if the police try to talk to you, the federal prosecutors want to talk to you, the attorney is going to be right there. The attorney will be the one dealing with them.
When I get retained on these cases, and I've been doing it now for 27 years, I deal with the police. I deal with the prosecutors.
Sometimes we sit back and do nothing, other times we're proactive and we do certain things, we investigate, I talk to them. It really just depends on the type of case that we're talking about.
Another huge thing that people don't realize is that if the police or prosecutors want to deal with you, or talk to you, or they're going to file a case against you, they can't do, once you've been arrested or once you've been investigated.
Their best bet is to just come and arrest you, take you into court and deal with you. But if you've got an attorney, the federal prosecutors can just call the attorney.
They will say we're going to indict your client and then we can just arrange a day to come into the courthouse and deal with the case. That's huge. Then we have a chance to argue to get you out.
Keeping You Out of Custody
A lot of times, I would say most of the time, depending on what type of case we're talking about, we can get the person out. They don't have to go into custody.
But if you don't have an attorney, sometimes you leave them no choice but to come and arrest you. How else are they supposed to deal with you? Call you? Talk to you?
They could do that if they wanted to. They usually don't do it that way. They just come and grab you and deal with it that way. So, that's another huge advantage of having an attorney already hired on the case dealing with it.
Another big advantage is, once you get arrested you want to have an attorney:
- who knows you case,
- who knows what's going on with you,
- knows what's going on with your job,
- your family and all the things that are important to you.
That way, once you're arrested or once you have to turn yourself in and deal with your case, your attorney's ready to go, versus, you're hiring somebody on the spot and now that person has to get up to speed.
That gives the government a huge advantage over you and your attorney. So, having an attorney right from the beginning is huge.
Criminal Defense Attorney for Federal Crimes
I would say the last thing would be peace of mind. When you've got someone who knows what they're going on your side who is going to do everything they can to help you if you're charged with a federal criminal case.
It gives you a certain peace of mind and a certain semblance of control back in your life.
Because when you get arrested or you're being investigated by the feds, it's scary and you lose control.
You need someone like me who's been doing federal criminal defense for 27 years. I've worked from the prosecution's side. I've worked for a judge.
I've been defending federal criminal cases now since the early 1990s.
So, you've come to the right place. I suggest you pick up the phone. Take the first step. Set up a meeting with me.
We'll talk about everything and then I can start to protect your rights, your reputation, your freedom and all the things that you look forward to in your future.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436.
We serve clients in Southern California and throughout the United States, including Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Washington, and Oregon. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0994.