If a criminal investigation is underway against me as the suspect, will I be informed?

Asked on July 5, 2012 under Criminal Law, New York


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Not necessarily.  Often, investigators want to gather more information before they talk to a person who is accused of a crime.  They can't ask questions or know when a person is being deceptive if they haven't done their homework.  Defendants have a plethora or rights under the criminal justice system, but you only have a right to know about an investigation after you are formally charged with the offense-- and then you do have a right to know what you are charged with and the right to confront your accusor.

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