Pre-Arrest Counseling

What is the pre-arrest phase of a criminal case, and how can a criminal defense attorney help you during this time? In the pre-arrest phase an investigation is on-going but the person under investigation is not formally charged by the prosecutors. During this phase of the case the police and prosecutors are trying to build a solid case against you. This is the best time to consult and hire a criminal defense attorney for your case. A criminal defense attorney can provide various legal services that can help mitigate the case against you or prevent a case altogether.

Pre-Arrest Counseling Services

One of the main services that a criminal defense attorney provides during the pre-arrest phase is offering counsel to an individual under investigation during police questioning or utilizing the attorney to speak on behalf of the client to investigators. Often people under investigation think that they can speak to police on their own and resolve the matter. However, anything that is said during questioning can and will be used against you when the state is building its case. When a criminal defense attorney is with you during police questioning he can prevent this from happening. In addition, pre-arrest counseling includes, but is not limited to, the following services:

  • Preventing the filing of charges
  • Mitigating or reducing the charges
  • Assisting with surrender and avoiding a public arrest
  • Diverting all allegations into an informal resolution of the charges
  • Directing all future contact from police through the attorney
  • Refusing to speak with investigators or police
  • Informing prosecutors of evidence that you would like to present to the grand jury in the case of indictment
  • Enforcing your constitutional rights

Utilizing these services and others that a criminal defense attorney provides during the pre-arrest phase of an investigation can drastically alter the outcome of an investigation before charges are even filed. Once a charge or indictment is filed it is much harder to fight or get dismissed, and even if the charges are later dropped it is difficult to get that information removed from the record.

Pre-Arrest Counseling Attorneys Can Help

Do not wait until you are arrested before you contact an attorney. Far too many people make the mistake of believing that they do not need an attorney until they are arrested or indicted. A criminal defense attorney can make an enormous difference when you are being investigated, protecting your pre-arrest rights, speaking on your behalf to police and prosecutors, and possibly even preventing charges from ever being formally filed against you.

With over 30 years of combined experience the attorneys at Russell J. Clanton and Associates have been helping clients in the Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity County areas with pre-arrest counseling services, and we can provide you with personalized and exceptional service before an indictment has been filed. If you or someone that you know believes that they are the subject of an investigation or indictment proceedings contact our office at 707.825.6587 to schedule a free and confidential consultation about your case.