Pre-File Investigations

Charges yet to be filed, but you hear that police officers want to speak to you. Should you go in and talk to them or seek legal advice?

Being Investigated? Get a Lawyer!

I speak to people all the time who have been told by lawyers to wait until they have been arrested before calling them. That’s just bad advice from a lazy lawyer. There is always something that can be done to improve a client’s standing with law enforcement, and it is your lawyer’s job to do everything they can to do so.

If you believe you are being investigated or if you have been asked to speak to law enforcement, a defense lawyer can help ensure your rights are protected and challenge the information gathering process so it is by the book. Often, just asking for time to look into a few matters will keep law enforcement at bay.

Here’s the thing—police officers are allowed to lie to you.

A police officer can contact you, meet with you, and swear that they will not arrest you if you just tell them your side of the story while they have every intention of handcuffing you and sending you to jail. It’s practically in their job description. They know they have leverage against you plus the institutional power to play games with you to get you to admit certain facts. And even if you do not admit to committing a crime, you may inadvertently admit to facts which make it easier for the government to prosecute you for a crime later on. Ultimately, you should distrust everything a police officer tells you. The technical elements of a crime are not always clear. Don’t admit to critical elements and make it easy for authorities to prosecute you and send you to jail.

A DIY defense is never a good idea. If you are contacted by a police officer, call a lawyer. Only a lawyer can speak for you, and only a lawyer will know how to poke holes into the police investigation. A skilled defense lawyer has gained insight into the inner workings of the justice system and knows where to look for errors, processing problems, and more.

On countless occasions, I’ve helped clients who were being investigated for serious crimes have all the charges against them dropped. Too often, police reports are incomplete; they’re missing important details while simultaneously being used to justify an arresting officer’s decision to take someone to jail. This is completely unacceptable. After conducting my own investigations, demonstrating the lack of credible evidence, and sharing that information with the prosecuting authorities, I’ve helped my clients avoid being railroaded by the authorities.

Police officers are human beings and are called upon to handle very stressful situations. They make mistakes and can cut corners, just like everyone else. However, police misconduct or laziness can have lifelong consequences for the individuals they go after. I have handled first degree felony cases where arrests were made and the State was seeking decades in prison while neither the police nor the State Attorney’s Office had interviewed witnesses who were there at the scene of the alleged crime. You cannot underestimate the institutional incompetence of the criminal justice system.

Mike G Law: Protecting You from the Start

The most crucial time to contact a lawyer is right after you hear that the police want to speak to you. Police officers often have to make decisions and arrests based on information which may not always come from the most reputable sources. They receive false and exaggerated claims and are often working with just one part of the story. You need a strategy to deal with a criminal investigation which only an experienced criminal defense lawyer can provide.

At Mike G Law, one of our specialties is representing people who are under investigation by law enforcement, which includes the Office of the State Attorney. If a cop gets a call from Mike G Law, they know they are going to be expected to conduct a serious criminal investigation. I make sure the police officer’s report is supplemented with facts I have uncovered that they may not have. Without a doubt, this has led law enforcement to abandon criminal cases because they understood that anything less than a complete, thorough investigation was going to be required if they were going to face Mike G Law.

Because I invest in my own investigations and speak to everyone involved in the matter, authorities in Hillsborough County know that I offer my clients a comprehensive defense right from the beginning. There is no waiting until charges are filed. To make sure the investigative process is fair and complete, I start defending my clients the moment they hire me.

Working with Mike G Law

When you hire Mike G Law, we immediately swing into action. I will ask you to go home and prepare your own detailed report of everything relevant that has occurred. I tell clients I want them to convey every detail they can think of from their brain to mine.

This information allows me to provide my clients with the best possible defense. I may ask them to keep an electronic journal and to update it as they recall additional facts. I want text messages, videos, pictures, and the names and contact information of every individual who may have relevant information. I also have witnesses come in on a weekly basis and to sign affidavits I’ve prepared committing them to a specific set of facts before the police or the government have had an opportunity to intimidate them into a favorable spin of reality meant to aid in prosecution. In other words, we conduct a competent, thorough, and exhaustive investigation of our own.

At Mike G Law, we pride ourselves with dealing with cases before they even get to court. Criminal defense is war — and a person’s dignity and freedom are at stake. Before the government tries to take those away, they better have hard, credible evidence. I will make sure they do before they even think about charging my clients.

My firm can help you or your loved one rebuild their lives and avoid incarceration. Call my office at 813-221-4303, or contact me online for a free consultation. Se habla Español.