When should I hire a lawyer during the course of a criminal investigation?
Thomas Soldan: As soon as you feel like you’re the subject of a criminal investigation, even if you have not been arrested yet, it’s a great idea to contact a criminal defense attorney to find out what your next step should be and how your rights can be protected. If you have been charged, you should contact a criminal defense attorney right away. If you have been charged, you’re expecting indictment, or there is some other indication that there is going to be a charge coming, absolutely contact an attorney as soon as possible. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you should hire the first attorney you call. Any prospective client should go through the process of talking to attorneys to find out who they’re most comfortable with, who they can place their trust in, and who they feel has the requisite knowledge and experience in their geographic area to provide the best services.