Let an experienced defense attorney protect your rights
If you believe you are the subject of a police investigation, it is crucial that you consult with an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Hiring a defense attorney before police arrest can mean the difference between a reduced charge and time behind bars.
At Sando Law, P.A., Attorney Sando can use his insider knowledge as a former prosecutor to safeguard your rights, reputation, and freedom. The sooner you retain legal counsel, the more likely you are to mount a solid defense against whatever crime the prosecution intends to charge you with. Further, with your attorney by your side, law enforcement officers are less likely to violate your rights.
What is a pre-arrest investigation in Florida?
A pre-arrest investigation happens when law enforcement investigates an individual suspected of committing a crime. A pre-arrest investigation occurs prior to the filing of criminal charges. The purpose is to determine whether there is enough evidence against you for an arrest and subsequent charges. If police find sufficient evidence, you will be read your rights, arrested, and charged with a criminal offense. If the pre-arrest investigation fails to uncover evidence of a crime, it is likely that you will not face any legal action.
It is important to remember that during this pre-arrest investigation period, police may question you. You are not under arrest yet, and law enforcement may take advantage of the situation and coerce you into making a statement. It is vital that you respectfully decline any and all questioning until your attorney arrives. In many cases, the mere presence of an attorney is enough to prevent further questioning and it may also delay any investigative actions against your person or premises.
How does a pre-arrest investigation work?
Pre-arrest investigations occur when police have reason to believe that you broke a state or federal law. During this time, you are not charged with a crime. However, law enforcement, for one reason or another, believes you have broken the law. Detectives will surveil you closely, review your criminal history, interview witnesses, and gather evidence. After law enforcement completes their investigation, the District Attorney will review the evidence and determine if charges should be brought against you.
What can and can’t happen during a prearrest investigation?
During a pre-arrest investigation, police have the right to investigate the scene, communicate with witnesses, and issue subpoenas for evidence (commonly seen in white-collar crime cases).
Law enforcement also has the right to question suspects. If law enforcement seeks to interview you, make no mistake, you are likely a suspect. However, it is critical that you understand your right to remain silent. Further, anything you say can be used against you. Lastly, police will likely request a search — you do not have to agree to any search without a warrant.
How can a Florida pre-arrest investigation attorney help you?
When it comes to pre-arrest investigations in Florida, police will do anything in their power to obtain evidence for an arrest. Do not be fooled by a friendly knock on your door from law enforcement agents seeking information — police will use every trick in the book to gather information to support their investigation. Remain calm, be respectful and polite and divert all questioning to your attorney.
Attorney Sando can assist you in numerous ways, including:
- Ensure your constitutional rights are protected during every stage of the investigation
- Speak with police officers on your behalf to prevent an arrest
- Work diligently to stop law enforcement from filing charges against you
- Seek to reduce any charges filed against you
- Protect you during a possible “surprise” arrest at your workplace, home, or family event
- Move your case to a pre-trial diversion program
The criminal justice system can be harsh and unforgiving. Without competent defense counsel, your rights may be violated, and your freedom could be on the line. If you believe you are the subject of a police investigation in South Florida, contact Attorney Sando today.
Contact a skilled Palm Beach pre-arrest defense attorney today
Sando Law, P.A., can start protecting your rights the moment you believe you are being investigated by law enforcement. As a former, award-winning prosecutor, Attorney Sando has an in-depth understanding of the playbook against you. For more information about the pre-arrest investigation or to speak to Attorney Sando about your case, call 561-296-1665 or contact Andrew online, for a free case review.