Should You Hire A Criminal Defense Lawyer Before Charges are Filed?
The simple answer is yes. There are various reasons why you should hire an experienced California criminal defense lawyer before any formal charges are brought but most importantly an experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to persuade law enforcement or even the District Attorney through legal argument that any formal charges brought would eventually be dismissed or unproven at trial.
Unfortunately, many people fail to hire a criminal defense attorney when they are contacted by law enforcement. Instead they talk to law enforcement, which allows them to build a case against the individual and eventually charge them with a crime at which time the individual then seeks out legal representation. Much can be done prior to formal charges being filed and that is why it is vitally important to seek out and retain an experineced California criminal defense attorney when you are first contacted by any law enforcement agency.