Pre-File Investigations

Richmond Criminal Defense Attorney – 804.557.0440

Have you been accused of a criminal violation? Is a law enforcement agency currently investigating you as a person of suspicion? Even though no charges have been filed against you, it is important to take the initiative and start working on a defense case right now.

The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran and our Richmond criminal defense lawyer has nearly 25 years of legal and criminal defense experience. With the help of our firm, you can prepare your defense against eventual charges or, in a best case scenario, prevent charges from ever being filed. It is crucial that you act quickly, however, for a pre-file investigation defense to be effective. Contact our law office right now to begin with a free case evaluation.

Best Defense is a Good Offense

Unless a police officer witnesses you commit a crime firsthand, a pre-file investigation will be conducted to determine if accusations against you actually warrant an arrest and charges. Law enforcement agents will be thorough in trying to see if the allegations should be escalated to criminal charges. In response, you must also thorough in your defense and prepare it in advance.

During a pre-file investigation, police officers or detectives may:

  • Interview you directly but not call it an interrogation.
  • Speak to family, friends, neighbors, etc. about your behaviors.
  • Ask to enter your property to search for potential evidence.
  • Look at your criminal record for similar charges in the past.

There are many ways to prepare your pre-file investigation defense but a cornerstone is knowing your constitutional rights. In particular, you should not provide any information that could be self-incriminating, and you should not allow a search of your home without first seeing a warrant signed by a judge. Invoking your right to remain silent only applies after you have been arrested, but you can simply tell questioning officers that you do not have the time to answer them. You may also want to tell them to forward any investigative inquiries to your attorney's office.

Evidence to Show Allegations are Unfounded

Charges filed against you can be highly damaging to your reputation, even if they never lead to a conviction, or even a court date. This is why it is so important to try to prevent charges from ever being placed by using pre-file investigation defense techniques. Talk to our Richmond criminal defense lawyer about how to anticipate pre-file investigations and try to prevent charges from being filed.

We might be able to stop allegations from turning into charges by:

  • Collecting positive testimonies from those who know you.
  • Talking to alleged eyewitnesses to look for gaps in different accounts.
  • Showing your history of responsibility, such as a clean criminal record.
  • Discussing untrustworthiness of alleged victim.

Quick-Thinking, Fast-Acting Criminal Defense

Whenever the police start a pre-file investigation, odds are high that it will eventually turn into official charges and possibly an arrest. Rather than hope for the best, take legal action to try to turn the situation in your favor. Call 804.557.0440 to talk to our Richmond criminal defense lawyer about what you can do now to protect your rights and reputation. Be sure to ask for a free initial consultation to get started.