Facing criminal investigations or being accused of a crime can be nerve-wracking and daunting. More so when you are innocent.
Although lawyers are not (usually) allowed to accompany you during interrogations conducted by the Police or during the recording of investigative statements, the importance of engaging a lawyer at an early stage cannot be overstated.
Having a good criminal lawyer to guide you during the investigative process can make a world of difference. A daunting process can be made less unfavourable if you knew your legal rights and the potential defences to the allegations against you. A good criminal lawyer can assist you to sieve through the defences applicable to you and the evidence in support of those defences. Doing so can make a difference as to whether the Public Prosecutor or any other enforcement agency decides to charge you or whether the court believes your defence at trial.
We have acted for several individuals, SMEs, and MNCs, who have been called up for investigations or have been the subjects of search warrants or surprise raids by the authorities.
Early Advice during Police Investigations – “it is the absence of knowledge which frightens people: the gap into which they pour their fears”
Thiru acted for an MNC in providing legal assistance to their senior management who were being investigated by both the CPIB and the CAD. Trident Law’s criminal defence team poured through voluminous documents and conducted their own parallel investigations in conjunction with the MNC to understand the allegations and the evidence.
Following our review of the evidence, we provided a comprehensive legal opinion on the merits of the allegations to our clients. Eventually, both the CPIB and the CAD did not commence criminal prosecutions against our clients.
Representations during Investigations – “Short circuiting the criminal process”
We acted for an individual who was investigated by the CAD for alleged forgery offences. The assistance of the FBI had been sought pursuant to a request for assistance under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. Following our review of the substantial documents and exhaustive interviews of relevant persons, we made representations to the CAD. The CAD did not pursue the matter against our client and substantial monies of our client that had been frozen on the CAD’s instructions were also released to our client.
At Trident Law, we leverage on the advantage of early engagement with a quick but thorough assessment of the situation and a comprehensive follow-up action. Speak to us to advance your own interests.
Leveraging on our rich experience in the criminal law space, we have conducted several in-house investigations for our clients ranging from corporate espionage to financial misconduct of key employees to sexual harassment allegations.