Determining when to involve a lawyer in the face of a legal matter can be difficult, particularly in the realm of criminal charges, police investigations and arrests. While some would say to contact an attorney if you're arrested, we believe that intervention earlier in the criminal process can make more of a difference for a suspect, arrestee or defendant.
As soon as you become aware that you may be under investigation by law enforcement, it is crucial to contact a Chicago criminal defense attorney. Even if formal charges have not been filed against you, it is possible that the police are actively working to gather enough evidence against you for the prosecuting attorney to move forward with a case. If you take a proactive approach and contact an attorney, you can find out what you're up against and can get the information you need to make the right decision about whether to involve legal counsel at this point in time.
How can a Chicago criminal attorney help?
Even in the early stages of a criminal case, an experienced lawyer can begin working to limit the investigation against you. Search warrants can be challenged, as can arrest warrants. If you are brought in for questioning, even in an informal setting, you can make sure your lawyer is present to protect your interests. Having someone in your corner from the very beginning may even mean that formal charges are never filed against you and the investigation is dismissed. Every case is different, of course, but acting quickly almost always has a positive impact.
At Fagan, Fagan & Davis, we are experienced criminal defense attorneys who have more than 100 years of experience in this complex field. We know how criminal cases work and are confident in our ability to intervene early on in order to help you seek the best possible outcome to your case.