When should I hire a lawyer during the course of a criminal investigation?


Shawn Sukumar: In 95% of situations, a person will need to hire a lawyer as soon as possible after they’ve been arrested. But some people might be aware that a criminal investigation is going on because they had a police officer call them saying we’re doing an investigation, can you come in and talk to us.  In that situation, if you have a police officer trying to talk to you or asking your friends or family about you, the first thing you should do is start talking to a lawyer for help.

You should hire a lawyer at the moment you have reason to believe that you may be under investigation for some criminal offense.  The earlier you have that protection, the less likely it is that you would make some mistake that could put you in a worse position.  Never, ever wait until after you’ve spoken to the police because you may have already done irreparable damage to yourself.

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