Most people only think about hiring a criminal defense lawyer after they have been arrested. However, there are some situations when it is wise to seek legal representation even if you have not been charged with a crime. If you are contacted by the police or anyone in law enforcement, it is a good idea to have an attorney present. The same is true if you are subpoenaed to testify in a criminal case. If you are the subject of a criminal investigation, you should also seek legal counsel.
Even if you have not been charged with a crime, an attorney can help protect your rights.