So you’re a witness in a white collar criminal investigation and you’re wondering whether or not you need an attorney and that’s a very, very valid question. Most of the time witnesses are not the target of the investigation and, in fact, have done nothing wrong.
All the witness is, is someone who can provide facts, information or documents to assist the prosecution in the presentation of their case.
But being a witness sometimes can have pitfalls. Many times acts which we believe are innocent when committed can implicate us in a crime particularly if it’s a federal case and the government is charging a conspiracy.
Many times as a witness you want to make sure that you’ve done nothing wrong and so it’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to help shepherd you through this process.
You’ve done nothing wrong and there’s no reason to believe that anything bad is going to happen to you but sometimes it’s like the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.