Can you hire an attorney to represent you before you have been charged with a crime or if you are being investigated for possible criminal activity? Absolutely. Attorneys can provide valuable services before an individual is ever charged with a crime.
Once law enforcement is notified that an individual is represented by an attorney, they may no longer attempt to communicate with that individual and must communicate with their attorney. Investigations can take time, and during a pending investigation an individual who is suspected of a criminal offense should be proactive in maximizing the opportunity to prevent charges from being filed or mounting an effective defense in a timely manner.
Aside from communicating with law enforcement, an attorney can also arrange for an individual who is under investigation to have the opportunity to cooperate with law enforcement. Without representation by an attorney with experience in these matters, an individual may cooperate with no guarantees of it bearing any ultimate effect on their circumstances.
An attorney can also help coordinate issues such as an individual turning themselves in as opposed to to being arrested in public. This can help avoid consequences such as embarrassment, job loss, etc. while allowing the individual to be knowledgeable about bond options and how the legal process will work before they are taken into custody.
If you are unsure if you need legal representation, the best thing that you can do is to call the attorneys at Peterson White and let them help you make an informed decision.