Pre-Arrest Criminal Investigation Lawyer
The Frye Law Group does more than just support you if you’ve been charged with a crime.
We can also represent you if you’re involved in a pre-arrest investigation or if you’ve been given a warrant application notification. Hiring an attorney at the beginning of these processes is the best way to fight for your freedom. Learn more about pre-arrests and warrant applications and how to hire the Frye Law Group below.
What is a pre-arrest investigation?
In the case of pre-arrest, an active criminal investigation is in its early stages. This means that you have not been formally charged with a crime or indicted by a grand jury, but law enforcement believes that you committed a crime.
By alerting you to the investigation, law enforcement officials hope they can interview you and procure a confession. For this reason, if you have been notified of a pre-arrest investigation, you should not speak to law enforcement officials without consulting your lawyer first. Even if you believe your meeting with law enforcement can help your case, it’s best to consult your lawyer before you say anything.
Your attorney will not only advise you about your meetings with law enforcement but will also monitor law enforcement’s investigation to ensure your rights are being protected. Often, monitoring the investigation involves conducting our own investigation to understand the details of your case. Having an attorney on your side is also helpful if and when law enforcement does charge you with a crime, since your attorney will be familiar with the facts of your case and prepared to defend you.
What is a pre-warrant hearing?
In some situations, someone who is not a member of law enforcement might request that a Magistrate Judge issue a warrant for your arrest. Someone may want you arrested if, for example:
- The civilian is accusing you of theft
- The civilian is accusing you of passing a bad check
- The civilian is accusing you of assault or battery
- The civilian is accusing you of domestic violence
The civilian hoping for your arrest only needs to prove “probable cause” to the judge. If the judge is convinced, you will receive a notice in your mailbox with the date for your hearing. At this hearing, the judge will listen to both sides and decide whether to issue a warrant for your arrest or to dismiss the accusation altogether.
Hiring an attorney to accompany you to these hearings is vastly important – particularly because you are also allowed to bring your own witnesses.
With a defense attorney on your side, you can fight these accusations and work towards getting the accusation dismissed and returning to your normal life.
Both of these situations are not as well-known as the more common instances of arrests and charges, but they can be equally serious. If you or someone you know is dealing with a pre-arrest investigation or a warrant application hearing, contact our legal team at the Frye Law Group today so we can get started on your defense.
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