A criminal defense attorney's job does not necessarily begin after someone has been arrested and charged with a crime. In many cases, an attorney's advice and protection can be essential prior to an arrest.
If you believe or know that you are being investigated for an alleged crime, whether a misdemeanor or felony, The Law Office of Jerome Paun can help you.
While the police and other law enforcement officers may give the impression that they are just casually asking questions, you should not talk to them without consulting us. You are under no obligation to answer their questions. Anything you say to them can be used against you later on.
If we take someone on as a client who is under investigation, we inform law enforcement investigators that we are representing them and that all conversations must be arranged through us. Don't be concerned that getting a lawyer will make you look guilty. It's more important to ensure that your rights are protected, and you have every right to retain counsel.
If an arrest becomes imminent, we can work to arrange your surrender with law enforcement. This can help you avoid the embarrassment of officers coming to your home or workplace to take you into custody. We can also help you arrange to post bail as soon as possible to minimize your time in a holding cell. Generally, law enforcement officials prefer these peaceful, pre-arranged surrenders as well.
If you are being questioned by police or other law enforcement officials and have any reason to believe that you may be taken into custody, call or contact us online immediately. We offer a free initial consultation, so you have nothing to lose by discussing your situation with us. It can help you avoid making an already unpleasant situation even worse.