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Signs You May Be Under Criminal Investigation


As criminal defense attorneys, we always tell people to reach out to us as soon as they find out they are under criminal investigation. However, because law enforcement officers use different techniques when investigating crimes, sometimes it can be difficult for a person to know they are under criminal investigation. Unfortunately, if you do not realize that you are under criminal investigation on time, things can go south quickly.

Although law enforcement officers use different techniques when investigating crimes, some of which are subtler than others, there are signs you can watch out for to know if you are under criminal investigation. In this article, we share some signs that might indicate you are under criminal investigation.

Sign #1: The Police Request Information From Your Colleagues, Friends, or Family

If the police approach or contact your colleagues, friends, or family and request information about you, it may indicate that you are under criminal investigation. Also, if other people who are not the police are asking your colleagues, friends, or family unusual questions about you, be wary as those people may be police informants.

Sign #2: You Receive a Warning From a Third Party

If a third party tells you that law enforcement is investigating you, it is vital that you don’t ignore the warning. Take such a warning seriously and reach out to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Sign #3: You Are Being Surveilled

You may notice vehicles that were not there before parked near your house. You may also notice people following you wherever you go. Being surveilled is one of the major signs that a person is under criminal investigation.

Sign #4: You Notice Strange Activity                                                                          

Another sign that you could be under criminal investigation is if you are receiving unusual text messages, calls, or friend requests on your social media accounts. This could indicate that law enforcement officers are trying to gather evidence that they can use against you.

Sign #5: Your Employer Is Under Criminal Investigation

You could also be under investigation if your boss is under criminal investigation. At times employees are accused of helping their employers carry out criminal activities. If you know that your employer is under criminal investigation, it is best that you take precautions as if you are also a target of the investigation.

Why Would the Police Target You for an Investigation?

There are various reasons why law enforcement officers may target you for an investigation. For example, the police may be investigating you as a result of an anonymous tip. It might also be because a specific person has gone to the police and accused you of committing a crime. For instance, someone might have gone to the police and told them that you assaulted them.

If you believe you might be the target of a criminal investigation, do not hesitate to contact a criminal defense attorney. Some people believe that retaining a lawyer will make them look guilty. This is not true. It cannot be concluded that you are guilty just because you have hired a criminal defense attorney.

Contact an NYC Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’re concerned you may be under criminal investigation, contact our skilled and dedicated NYC criminal defense attorney, Mark I. Cohen, at 212-732-0002.



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