If you are under investigation or suspected of a crime or criminal activity in West Virginia, anything that you say to the police or an investigating agency can be used against you. Often investigators, when conducting an interview are not seeking to find the truth, but attempting to obtain incriminating statements from the person they are interviewing.
It is always good advice to not give statements to the police without having an experienced West Virginia criminal defense attorney accompanying you. The Wolfe Law Firm has over 20 years of experience in criminal matters. You can call for a free initial consultation if you are the target of a criminal investigation 1-877-637-5756.
Whenever the police want to question a citizen in regards to a criminal investigation, they are at a distinct disadvantage. Sometimes it is alright to speak to law enforcement, but not if you are the target or may be charged with a crime. People feel that they will be able to explain their side to the police this is human nature. However, the best thing to do is to exercise your constitutional right to remain silent, until you talk to an experienced defense attorney.
Law enforcement agencies are trained in investigation and interrogation techniques. Every year in this country, thousands of people are arrested, charged and prosecuted for crimes which they did not commit. Many of these people have voluntarily given statements to the police thinking they were helping themselves if the police would understand then they will not be charged. However, there is nothing further from the truth.
By talking to the police, a person may make it easier for them to charge and prove their case. Anyone who is the subject of a police investigation needs to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can objectively evaluate your situation to determine whether it is advisable to talk to law enforcement.
If law enforcement or a criminal investigator approaches you in regards to being a suspect of a crime, call an experienced criminal defense lawyer to advise you of what your rights are. Call the Wolfe Law Firm for a free initial consultation 1-877-637-5756.
A lawyer who defends people and is familiar with criminal law and procedure and can help prepare a defense prior to being charged. The earlier an attorney is hired the better evidence and witnesses memory tend to fad with time.
If you have hired a criminal defense lawyer and he is representing you in regards to any criminal investigation, the police or law enforcement cannot talk to you unless counsel is present. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can begin gathering documents and conducting his own investigation which is often key to defending a criminal charges.
It is important that you are aware of your constitutional rights as guaranteed under the United States Constitution. Under the Fourth Amendment, you have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The Fifth Amendment provides a citizen with his rights to due process and the right to remain silent in regard to all questioning.
The Sixth Amendment gives you the right to representation, confrontation, and a speedy trial. It is important that you never waive your rights and have an attorney present during any questioning. Call the Wolfe Law firm for a free initial consultation if you are the subject of an investigation at 1-877-637-5756.
If you are approached by an investigative law enforcement officer in West Virginia, it is important to remain calm, be polite and find out what agency the law enforcement officer is from. You may ask the officer what are you being investigated for. Next, it is important that you tell the officer that you wish to consult with an attorney before speaking with them and that you contact an attorney who is experienced in defending criminal matters in West Virginia.
There are many types of law enforcement investigators who may try to get you to talk to them to see whether you have violated the law. It can be someone from the local sheriff's department or it could be a member of the West Virginia State Police. Many federal agencies utilize special agents who will approach an individual and question them in an attempt to see if a crime has been committed.
A list of agencies that commonly investigate criminal matters include:
- Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
- Criminal Division of the IRS (CID)
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
- United States Postal Service (Postal Inspector)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- United States Marshall Service (USMS)
- West Virginia State Police
- Sheriffs Department
- City Police
The earlier that you retain the services of a lawyer who is familiar with defending criminal matters, the better. If you have been approached by anyone in law enforcement, either from a state or federal agency, you need to call a law firm that is experienced in handling a wide range of criminal defense matters. Contact the Wolfe Law Firm today for a FREE consultation with our attorney. The phone number is 1-877-637-5756. The initial consultation regarding all criminal matters is FREE of charge.
Often investigations by a criminal division is to seek out a polygraph of the person who is a suspect or potential witness. Many citizens feel that if they have not lied and having nothing to hide, a polygraph can only help. Currently in West Virginia in either the state or federal criminal courts, polygraphs are prohibited from being admitted into evidence.
To often, a request to polygraph a person is not used to show innocence, but used as a tool to further question an individual in the hopes of gaining an admission which can be used against them. These admissions will later be used by an experienced prosecutor to prosecute the person. It is important to realize that any admission or any statement made by someone under investigation can and will be used later by a prosecutor as proof of guilt in subsequent criminal trials.
Remember, if you are the target of a criminal investigation, the best person to approach the investigator and the prosecutor to explain your viewpoint and your case is an experienced defense attorney. So if you are the subject of a criminal investigation or have been indicted, do not speak to any federal, police or investigation agencies without having an attorney present. Speaking to investigators may, in certain circumstances help your case, but only when the statements are made under the advice and through the representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.