ARRESTED OR SUSPECTED OF A CRIME?
If you have been suspected of a crime and contacted by any branch of law enforcement it is imperative you speak with a criminal defense attorney. Any information you provide can be used to link you to the crime, even the slightest piece of information may be all that is needed to provide probable cause for an officer to arrest you at your home or place of work. The general standard for probable cause is that a law enforcement officer believes a crime was committed based on his/her training and experience.
SUSPECTED OF A CRIME OR UNDER INVESTIGATION?
Criminal defense attorney Michael Mastrogiovanni will speak with you for free and discuss your specific situation. You only have one opportunity to defend your rights. Our firm can stop law enforcement from calling or speaking with you in most cases and can begin to take action and gather evidence to provide an alibi or defense to the pending charges before the evidence becomes stale or witnesses disappear. Contact our office to discuss what specific steps should be taken in your case.
ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY?
If you have been arrested for a crime you should consult with a criminal defense attorney immediately. Your arrest does not mean you have been convicted. We provide a free consultation by phone or in office. Do NOT discuss your case with friends, neighbors or co-workers as they can be subpoenaed by prosecutors to testify against you. Time is of the essence in all criminal defense cases. Early involvement can provide the following benefits:
- Send a private investigator to the crime scene to take sworn witness statements, photographs and document the investigation independent of law enforcement activity. Several of the investigators we regularly employ are former law enforcement officers with years of experience.
- Preserve and subpoena any video or audio sources in the area of the crime scene that may provide an alibi, defense or ability to have the charges dismissed. Many stores, banks, restaurants and even homes have video but often only hold the video for a very short time before it is recorded over.
- Preserve and obtain video and audio from police cruisers and even within the county jail that may provide that procedures were not followed and provide a defense to your case.
- Pull police records not routinely provided to defense lawyers in discovery that show GPS location, time of stop and radio transmissions.
- Employ expert witnesses who will independently evaluate and inspect evidence including crash reports, handwriting samples, electronic devices, intoxilyzer records and toxicology analysis.
- Contact the State Attorney and provide the results of our independent investigation in an effort to have the case reduced to a lesser crime or even dismissed without our clients ever having to appear in court.