A criminal attorney is the legal professional that should be consulted when a person is a suspect of a crime or becomes a person of interest in relation to a crime. Usually, it is the government that files a case like this against a person. This means that there are lawyers of this kind who can prosecute as well as defend a client. Those who prosecute work almost exclusively for the government while those who defend can come from the private sector as well as the government.
A consultation with a criminal attorney takes place when a person may be linked to a crime. There are several ways that a person may be connected to one. The first is if he or she is a suspect of the crime and may be already charged by the authorities for a trial. Another way that a person may be related to a heinous act is if he or she is a person of interest in the case. The term “person of interest” means that the individual is not charged with anything, but he or she is under scrutiny by the authorities and is advised not to go far from the state where he or she is located. The individual may be called repeatedly for an interview or an interrogation, and this is one of the times that the presence of a legal adviser may be handy.
One of the first things that a criminal attorney will tell his or her client is not to say another word without him or her alongside. The lawyer can determine if his or her client’s spoken words may incriminate him or get him more entangled in the case. The client may also say something that will incriminate him or bring to light one of his or her nefarious activities even though this is not related to the current crime. Usually, the lawyer will advise his client against incrimination or exposing himself to herself to be prosecuted for another crime during the interview with the authorities. Another piece of advice that the lawyer is likely to tell his client when the client is a person of interest in a case is to tell the truth according to what really happened. Many people embellish or reduce the facts in order for them to be released from. The problem with embellishment or not telling the truth when it comes to interviews with authorities is that the police or the Federal Bureau of Investigation usually finds these things out by themselves and returns to ask why the client did not tell the truth. This can complicate matters and make the person of interest become a suspect.