Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Providing Dedicated Representation During Criminal Investigations
If police or investigators speak with you at great length, there is a very good chance that you are under investigation. You may even be arrested. When facing this situation, it is extremely important to remember that anything you say can be used against you at a later point.
Too many people make the mistake of thinking they can talk their way out of being arrested. At The Law Offices of Steven R. Roach, we counsel and represent people currently under investigation for state and federal crimes. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, we may be able to preempt further investigation or re-direct the attention of law enforcement.
Protect your rights, your best interests and your freedom — contact attorney Steven R. Roach. Call one of our three convenient locations: Chicago at 312-421-8820; Schaumburg at 847-685-6000; Wheaton at 630-573-8500 to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss the criminal investigation.
Federal Criminal Investigations
Federal investigations involving fraud, identity theft, internet sex crimes, public corruption or drug trafficking typically take months if not years to complete. Most federal investigations involve wiretapping, surveillance and monitoring a suspect’s financial or online computer activity. Depending upon the crime under investigation, informants or infiltrators may also be used.
Federal investigators can easily overstep constitutional restrictions, or employ questionable or illegal techniques to gather information. Here, consulting with an attorney and calling investigators on their illegal actions can often mean the difference between an indictment and having a cease and desist order issued to federal investigators.
State and Local Criminal Investigations
Investigations conducted by local police are more prone to mistakes due to limited resources and manpower. Rarely, if ever, are investigations carried out with the care, precision and sophistication of television police dramas. In fact, improper or questionable techniques are sometimes employed.
For example, informants used by local police often have an extensive criminal history and may have been offered a plea bargain for their own pending charges in exchange for testifying against you. Here, consulting with an attorney can often mean the difference between an indictment or an end to the investigation.
Avoiding Obstruction of Justice Charges
If you are under investigation, it is also very important to understand what you are required to do in order to cooperate with law enforcement officials. Too often, people make the mistake of withholding, removing or even destroying evidence once they realize that they are under investigation.
Doing so, however, can lead to obstruction of justice charges. As a result, people are sent to prison on a conviction for obstruction of justice even though they were found innocent of the original criminal charges. As your attorney, Steven R. Roach will advise and counsel you regarding what you should and should not do when cooperating with the authorities.
Contact Attorney Steven R. Roach if You Are the Target of an Investigation
If you are under investigation, consult with an attorney before speaking to law enforcement officials. To learn how we can help you, contact criminal defense lawyer Steven R. Roach. Call one of our three convenient locations: Chicago at 312-421-8820; Schaumburg at 847-685-6000; Wheaton at 630-573-8500 to schedule a free consultation.