October 19, 2012 By Wallin & Klarich

You may find yourself trapped in a very difficult dilemma where you commit a crime but are not yet investigated by the police. Between the time you committed the offense and the moment the police start knocking at your door, you are left to ponder your situation. The question that is probably foremost on your mind is: Should I come forward and turn myself in or should I wait and see if I am ever found out?

This question is most overbearing in circumstances where there is a victim who may have suffered death or serious bodily injury. A relevant example would be in a Hit and Run situation where the hapless driver knows he or she hit a pedestrian but left the scene in a panic without knowing whether that person survived or not.

As you try to determine what to do, you are surrounded by uncertainty. Were there any witnesses? Is their anything connecting me to the incident? Have the police already found out who I am? Are they on their way now? Will they be easier on me if I turn myself in?

It is possible that you may never be implicated to the crime; that there is no evidence linking you to the offense. However, it is also very possible that the ensuing police investigation has singled you out as a suspect and will soon be closing in on you.

In considering these possibilities, you may have a moral desire to turn yourself in because the guilt and fear is too much to bear or you may decide that you will risk being discovered.

However way you decide, it is always advisable that you retain a criminal defense attorney to represent you. You never want to turn yourself in or wait for the police apprehend you without the advice and protection of an attorney.

Having an attorney involved in your case will best ensure that:

• You do not make statements that can later be used against you
• You are not left to the mercy of the police investigation and the prosecuting attorney
• You are provided your due process rights
• You are not unduly prejudiced by the press and the media if they are involved

If you find yourself facing this situation, contact our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich today. Our attorneys have been in practice for over 30 years and can help you through this difficult period. Also keep in mind that anything you tell your attorney regarding your matter is strictly confidential. Please call us today at 888-280-6839 or visit us online at www.wklaw.com. We will be there for you when you call.

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