Pre-Charge Counsel Retainer
You have the Constitutional Right to a lawyer for a reason. It is an important and valuable protection.
“Don’t let their agenda ruin your life. They may wish to cast you in the role of “victim,” or of “witness,” or of “suspect.” You do have the right to legal counsel. Know your rights. Stand up for yourself, your future and your family. If not now, when?”
Typically police officers investigating a possible case will create a sense of urgency. They do not only as a matter of convenience but also as a tactic of surprise to disadvantage the target (you) and increase the chance of a waiver of rights (e.g., to silence, to not consent to a search). Sure, law enforcement officers have a job to do. The problem is that their job may hurt you — even if you are innocent. If you knew nothing more, that should be enough to tell you that what helps them, hurts you. If you feel pressured, listen to your gut. It’s telling you to slow down. Assert your rights. Consult a lawyer first.
Sometimes people suspect or hear something that causes them to believe that they may be a target of a law enforcement investigation, before any police contact.
In either situation, the target of the investigation should consult a criminal defense lawyer. For the best protection, consider retaining a Minnesota criminal lawyer as pre-charge counsel.
Sometimes a witness may end up being wrongly charged with a crime. Just being a witness to an alleged crime gives a prosecutor an opportunity to spin a story of guilt. Other times, a witness may not want to testify for whatever reason they may have. A criminal defense lawyer can help. Minneapolis Attorney Thomas Gallagher has represented many witnesses over the years in cases ranging from murder to misdemeanors. Always, the client’s goals are paramount.
Prosecutors sometimes adopt a posture of advocacy on behalf of crime victims. But when crime victims want something the prosecutors doesn’t want, things get frosty — fast. That kind of conflict of interest between a prosecutor and a crime victim happens within a context of a power imbalance. Thomas Gallagher is a lawyer who has helped level that imbalance by using the law and advocacy skills to represent victims to — finally — make their voices heard.
An experienced criminal defense attorney like Gallagher can draw upon years of experience in past criminal cases to counsel the client about risks and opportunities currently available. A deep understanding of police and prosecutor practice is invaluable. Knowing police investigatory practices and countermeasures can make the difference between later getting charged with a crime, or not. Experience with prosecutors means knowledge about what makes a case more or less attractive to them for charging.
Sometimes a lawyer retained for pre-charge counsel may represent the client with police or prosecuting attorneys — Minnesota state or federal. This could include intervening to prevent interrogation; representation at an agreed recorded statement to police after an in-depth attorney consultation; or pre-charge discussion with prosecutors.
In the event of an arrest and jail, the lawyer retained for pre-charge counsel will be ready to help counsel and advocate for release from detention, including at a bail hearing in front of a District Court judge.
If you have question about, or would like to retain pre-charge counsel, call Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer Thomas C Gallagher at 612 333-1500