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When to Contact an Attorney in New Haven

When a person tells an officer they want to speak with an attorney, they are not implying guilt. In reality, the first thing anyone facing a possible investigation in New Haven should do is contact a lawyer. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. However, contacting a lawyer cannot.

If the authorities have enough information to arrest you at that time, they will. By giving statements to the police, though, you provide them with information they can use against you later. If police officers are interested in getting your version of events, they should be willing to let you consult with a criminal defense lawyer to evaluate your options since a lawyer will help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.

Even if contacting a lawyer implies guilt in the eyes of the police officers, talking to a lawyer is not evidence that can be introduced in a court to show that a person is guilty. There is no way they can claim that talking to a lawyer implies guilt.

Contacting an Attorney During the Criminal Process

As soon as you are aware of an ongoing investigation, you should contact an attorney to set up a meeting to get information about the process and what to expect.

If you are arrested, there is a booking process the police carry out. You can explain to the officers that you want to contact a lawyer as soon as you are finished with the initial paperwork, which is a request you can make at any time.

You have the right to speak with an attorney at any time upon your request in New Haven, even before you are arrested. Whenever you are contacted by the police, you should explain that you would be glad to speak with them after you have spoken with your attorney, and that you want to speak with your attorney right away before moving forward. For more details on what information you should provide your attorney, click here.

Significance

It is important to speak with an attorney at the beginning of an investigation because it allows you to establish a defense and ensures that you are not providing the authorities with information that can later be used against you.
New Haven courts uphold that police officers are allowed to claim they have certain information, such as that they have DNA, or that the co-defense already provided statements implicating a particular person even if it is not true. These types of coercive tactics may lead people to provide information or confessions they otherwise would not have done.

With this in mind, it is very important that you contact a lawyer at the very beginning of an investigation so you can assess the case, identify your options, and determine whether to cooperate with the police or simply provide no statement. To evaluate the situation, an attorney can sit down with you, go through the options and allegations, and develop a plan to put you in the best position to minimize the consequences associated with any criminal investigation.

Private Law Firms v. Public Defenders

The difference between a private attorney and a public defender is the amount of time they can dedicate to the case, as well as your access to them.

There are a lot of great public defenders, but their caseload prevents them from providing the personal attention that many clients need. The best example of this is that private attorneys are able to accommodate, for the most part, their client’s schedule, including availability to meet during the weekends and outside of typical business hours. Additionally, private attorneys handle a variety of cases throughout the entire state, which brings a unique knowledge base to your defense.