Under Investigation But Not Charged

The most crucial time in a case, from a criminal defense standpoint, is when all suspects and evidence are being investigated. This is the stage of investigation where law enforcement is looking for evidence to build a case against a suspect.

What to Do If You Are Under Investigation

Typically, once the government has their eyes on a particular suspect, they are relentless in their pursuit to build a case for the prosecution. The unsuspecting person is unaware that the primary goal of law enforcement is not to show innocence or uncover “truth.” Rather, it is to show guilt- and to do so they will color information and use any and all legal means to accomplish this goal.

If you are under investigation, know that you are under absolutely no obligation to talk to detectives or police officers. Anything you say, while being investigated, can be used against you. In the worst case scenario, you declare your innocence and they write down your statement incorrectly. Never discuss anything about the investigation or the allegations with anyone, except a criminal attorney.

Under Investigation Meaning

Sometimes, you don’t. The government may conduct a covert investigation, using tactics such as surveillance, wire taps or informants. Evidence gathered from this type of investigation is difficult to combat in terms of preventing charges from being filed. This evidence still has to be acquired legally, however. If it is not, it should be suppressed prior to trial. An aggressive, experienced criminal attorney makes all the difference in terms of getting damaging evidence suppressed.

If law enforcement does contact you, then obviously you are under investigation. Law enforcement officers may want to have an informal chat with you, making it very clear you are not under arrest. They do this in order to avoid having to inform you of your Miranda Rights, which are only required when you have been arrested.

There is no way to sugar-coat this. If you are the subject of an allegation or you are being investigated, never talk to law enforcement without a criminal attorney present!

When you voluntarily go somewhere to speak to an investigator and you are free to leave if you wish, you are not “under arrest” or “in custody.” Unless that changes in the course of the interview, anything you say can and will be used against you.

Am I Being Investigated

Investigators are skilled and experienced at cornering you in order to illicit incriminating remarks or an outright confession. They may encourage you to take a lie detector test, or a voice stress test. They are allowed to mislead you, give you inaccurate information and tell you outright lies.

You, as the subject of an investigation, are apt to make poor judgement calls and poor word choices under these very stressful circumstances. You are likely to give the investigator exactly what he or she wants without even realizing it and even though it is not in your best interest.

The answer is simple. If you are contacted by law enforcement, before you do anything, speak to an experienced criminal attorney. More often than not, you need a defense attorney to act on your behalf to shield you from the tactics used by the government in their relentless and often unconscionable pursuit of criminal convictions.


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Executive Managing Attorney Gina Tennen is a renowned leading advocate of personal liberties. Her meticulous trial preparation and exceptional ability to pursue every possible defense has earned her the admiration of clients and respect from prosecutors, judges, and other criminal attorneys all over the nation.

Lawyer Tennen began her career as a Senior Law Clerk for one of the toughest District Attorney’s offices in the country where she gained remarkable experience in juvenile crimes, elder abuse, parole hearings, child abuse, sex and other serious crimes. Her experience at the District Attorney’s Office armed her knowledge and case strategy in exploiting the other side’s weaknesses for the client’s advantage and building a rock solid defense. Criminal attorney Tennen’s experience on both sides and brilliant maneuvering throughout is evidenced in her winning track record. In fact, even before earning her law degree, she was instrumental in getting excellent results on several criminal cases outshining her peers.

A consummate strategist and top criminal attorney, lawyer Tennen works tirelessly on many high profile criminal cases. She is known as a relentless fighter who never gives up on any case. Whether the case is hers or handled by another criminal defense attorney from LibertyBell Law Group, no matter how small the case may seem she asserts that every client deserves the right to the best legal representation.

It is her deep belief and what she has built her entire career and lifelong dedication to that there is always hope for every client and every avenue should be pursued regardless of the time and energy it takes. For criminal attorney, Gina Tennen, devoting the finest criminal defense for clients is a habit and talent that you must apply and do all the time.

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