Protecting Your Rights During Criminal Investigations
Have you faced criminal charges before now? If not, be assured that what’s new, confusing and frightening to you is clear as day to the experienced and professionally trained police officers handling your case. Police generally make their case against you BEFORE charges are filed. That’s when most people feel they need to talk to the police to explain their innocence, and that is exactly what the police hope you do so they can hang you with your own statements later.
Police are trained to get the information they need out of you whenever they can. The best time for that is often at the beginning of your case, when you’re trying to establish your innocence as well as trying to establish good relations with the police. This is, however, precisely when you should NOT talk to police officers.
Don’t Ruin Your Own Case
Do not be intimidated into making statements and do not be intimidated into “cooperating” with police officers who are focused on gathering evidence that they will later use to try and convict you of crimes.
Our goal is to prevent charges from being brought at all.
Call us as soon as possible following any contact with police or following the filing of criminal charges. Call us even if you have not been contacted by the police but you suspect that somebody may turn you in. Police officers won’t ease up on you because you’re being cooperative or “nice.” By talking to them, you will likely provide evidence for the prosecution to use against you later on in the process.
In addition to gaining more control over the information you share with police, in certain situations, we can also:
- Work to have your bail reduced
- Arrange — when an arrest is imminent — the time and place of the arrest, so that you are not surprised to find police at your home or job, ready to lead to you jail while getting you fired from work
Hiring an attorney during a criminal investigation doesn’t make you guilty. It makes you smart. Don’t roll over. Don’t turn over information you don’t have to. And even if you are innocent, don’t talk to the police and give them a chance to twist your story around. Instead, fight your charges during the criminal investigation and make the police do their jobs. What you do now can make the difference between a dismissed case and a conviction.
Contact Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C.
By calling Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., as soon as you learn you are under investigation, we can take immediate steps to start crafting the strongest defense strategy possible. We examine all aspects of investigations. To schedule a free consultation with our lawyers contact us, by calling 303-578-4036. We serve clients not just in Denver, but throughout the region.