What should I do if I am contacted by an investigator asking me to come and give a statement to law enforcement?
Even if you are completely innocent, you should be very cautious when scheduling an interview with law enforcement, and in fact it is often in your best interest to immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer before proceeding with an in-person interview. After hearing the case we may suggest that it is not in your best interest to be interviewed by law enforcement, as everything you say can potentially be used against you in a future proceeding. You are presumed innocent so make sure you contact a trusted criminal lawyer first before speaking with law enforcement.
What should I do if I learn that there is a warrant out for my arrest?
If you become aware that there is an active warrant out for your arrest, you should immediately contact a trusted criminal lawyer to ensure that you can safely turn yourself in without further incriminating yourself. The criminal process cannot get initiated with the court system until the warrant is served on you and you are processed through the jail. It is important to remain silent at this point, allow a trusted criminal lawyer to arrange a turn in to the jail at a time that is convenient to you, and to also appear at your bond setting to ensure that you get the lowest bond possible.
What should I do if the alleged victim in the case wishes to drop the charges, but I have a no-contact provision of my bond?
You should never violate a no-contact condition of bond, even if you are being contacted by the alleged victim seeking to drop the charges. Immediately contact a trusted criminal lawyer and they, once retained, can reach out to your alleged victim to see what their position is on the case. If they wish to drop the charges, we can take an affidavit from the alleged victim and present it to the prosecution to facilitate the case being dismissed.