If criminal charges have not been filed against you but you think you are a suspect then early intervention can potentially terminate the criminal investigation without charges being filed. If a police officer believes a person has committed a crime the case will be referred to the prosecutor’s office where it will be evaluated. If, during this evaluation period, favorable evidence is presented to the prosecutor by the defense attorney it may sway the prosecutor to file reduced charges or no charges at all.
That’s why it is so important that you retain a good defense firm immediately. By doing nothing you increase the likelihood that charges will be filed.
And don’t even think about talking to the police about your case without an attorney by your side. As the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson said, “Any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances.”