Do You Think You May Be Under Investigation?
If you suspect that you are under investigation for an economic crime (fraud), drug crime, internet crime, or any serious felony, the experienced investigation lawyers at Gasper Law Group can take steps to protect your rights, improve your legal position, and possibly avoid formal charges.
The government puts considerable resources into sting operations, and many innocent people or minor players are caught up in the dragnet. Because these investigations may span many months or years, there is an opportunity for a qualified lawyer to intervene in a positive way.
If you believe investigators are poking around, if you have been contacted regarding an investigation, or even if you have been formally arrested, contact our Colorado Springs law firm immediately.
We represent clients in state or federal cases in El Paso County, Teller County, and Douglas and Arapahoe counties, including:
Our Former Prosecutors Know How Investigations Work
Allen Gasper and his staff of criminal defense attorneys bring almost 50 years of experience in criminal defense. Mr. Gasper has resided in the Colorado Springs community for over 30 years and formerly served as a county prosecutor in Teller County. Mr. Gasper has argued crime cases before the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Managing Partner, Caryn J. Adams, brings a wealth of education and knowledge with her from the University of California, Berkeley Law.
Criminal Investigation Process
What You Should – And Shouldn’t – Do
The prospect of an arrest and prison is terrifying. The first impulse may be to delete emails and shred documents. This will only result in additional charges of obstruction of justice. The second impulse may be to cooperate with investigators and throw yourself on the mercy of the court. This is exactly what investigators are hoping when they start making inquiries. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
If you do get a call or unannounced visit from investigators, it is important to remember that you have certain rights. You have the right to remain silent and do not have to speak with police officers. You have the right to seek legal representation immediately, prior to making any statement. Although it can be tempting to defend yourself and tell your side of the story, even a small amount of information that seems harmless at the time can assist Law Enforcement in making a case against you.
Police officers are trained in interrogation techniques, leaving you at a complete disadvantage anytime you interact with one. They know what information they are looking for to support a criminal offense, and the more you talk, the easier it is for officers to gather evidence against you and prove a crime was committed. Having experienced, reliable representation working on your behalf can ensure that your side of the story is told correctly and without coercion.
Whatever you do, do not lie about anything. Be polite, but set a reasonable time to get back with them, then let your attorney handle it from there.
Why Having Pre-Charge Representation is Important
Just because you are being investigated for a crime does not mean you will be convicted or even charged for that crime. You are right to be scared, but before you talk to anyone – your boss, your business partner, anyone who could later be called to testify against you – contact the Gasper Law Group. We may be able to:
- Explain your actions to the satisfaction of prosecutors, avoiding formal charges or grand jury proceedings
- Influence charging decisions so that you face only a misdemeanor or a lower level felony
- Cut a deal that is more favorable than investigators offered for your “cooperation”
Colorado Investigation Attorneys
If you have been accused of a crime, are being approached by detectives, this is the most important time to hire a Colorado criminal defense lawyer. Contact our experienced investigation lawyers for a free initial consultation.