A lot of people have drug cases — usually sales or possession for sales — and it's at the pre-filing stage and they're not really sure what to do.
Maybe the police came and seized some drugs or they seized some case, which I see a lot — and they realize they're under investigation for a drug case.
Maybe somebody got arrested that's close to them, then they realize since they're connected to them, that may lead to them being arrested. There are all sorts of scenarios that present themselves at the pre-filing stage of a drug prosecution.
My opinion, having done this for 26 year is to get an attorney right away. I represent people right from the beginning, and the reason I do that is, obviously, I want to make sure that the right moves are made.
Contact Prosecutor to Determine Case Strategy
In other words, I want to make sure that your rights are protected. I want to make sure that if there's a prosecuted involved with their case, that I contact that prosecutor.
I also contact law enforcement all the time in these big drug crime cases so that I can ask them about their investigation and see what's going on, and then I can help the client decide exactly what to do moving forward.
In other words, usually I'm telling them to keep their mouth shut, but sometimes there's a scenario where they do want to talk to the police.
Because they want to be able to tell their side of the story before the police make a decision to arrest them.
Other times, instead of them talking to the police, they're going to want me to talk to the police and make sure that I get their version of events to the police without them running the risk of incriminating themselves.
Should I Speak to the Police?
So, there's all sorts of scenarios where it's a good idea to speak to the police, and there's scenarios where it's not a good idea to speak to the police.
So, obviously at the pre-filing stage, you want to make sure that you make the right decision in that regard. Sometimes the best move is to just let your attorney speak to the police.
That way at least you know what's going on and that gives you some peace of mind and you don't do or say anything that puts you in a worse position.
So, at the pre-filing stage I would hire an attorney right away. What I do is, I have you come into the office. We go over everything.
Experienced Drug Crime Lawyer in California
Obviously, I encourage you to be truthful to me because I'm trying to help you and I would never say anything to the police that would be against one of my client's interests.
But, I can also help you make the right moves moving forward so you don't end up putting yourself in a worse position.
So, if you have a case at the pre-filing stage and you're being investigated for drug crimes and you need some help, obviously you want to get an attorney who knows what they're doing and who has been down this road before.
Pick up the phone. Make the call. I stand at the ready to help you.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0979.