In Loudoun County, one of the most important aspects of your case is the investigation, where law enforcement officers will begin looking for evidence to connect you to your alleged crime sometimes before an arrest is even made.
As a result, it is imperative that you consult with a Loudoun County criminal lawyer as soon as possible so they may begin building a defense and advising you of what actions to take to keep your situation from getting worse.
Below, is more regarding what you should know about criminal investigations and what you should be prepared for. To learn more schedule a consultation today.
In Loudoun County, there are a variety of state and local agencies that may collaborate to different degrees in investigating offenses. The Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Town Police Departments of Leesburg, Purcellville, Lovettsville, and Middleburg are some of the agencies that maybe involved.
In addition, if the offense has a federal component, investigators from the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) all may be involved in the investigation process.
Some examples of types of crimes that tend to be investigated before an arrest are financial offenses, such as embezzlement or fraud, and conspiracy offenses, such as conspiracy to distribute drugs. Typically, offenses that involve large numbers of witnesses, complex financial records, or complex evidentiary requirements are likely to be investigated prior to an arrest.
Both the law enforcement officials and the prosecutor’s office want to make sure that they have ample evidence to secure a conviction prior to making an arrest, therefore in most cases they are very cautious about proceeding with the investigations to the extent necessary prior to making the arrest. However, if there is an apparent need to protect the public from a perceived danger, those arrests may happen sooner rather than later.
It is very common that law enforcement will continue to investigate even after an arrest, and this may depend on the unique facts and circumstances of your case. Every case is different, but this is certainly an area where an experienced criminal defense attorney can help.
An experienced attorney can talk to the prosecutor and the law enforcement officials on your behalf to understand what is being pursued in the investigation and whether cooperation on your behalf is in the best interest of your case.
In addition, they can conduct a parallel investigation. They can hire an experienced team of investigators in order to be better informed as to what evidence may be gathered against you and creating a defense against any charges that maybe brought.
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