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How police officers conduct criminal investigations

Committing a crime never has to be the end of the road for you and your freedom. There are different ways for you to defend yourself in against criminal charges. In order to mount the correct defense, it's best to understand how police officers conduct criminal investigations in Canton, Georgia.

For a crime that is in progress, officers will be dispatched to the scene immediately. Upon arrival, the officers will determine if a suspect is still on the scene. If so, the suspect will be arrested and transported to the police station. If not, the officers will begin their investigation. This will include taking pictures, collecting evidence, speaking to witnesses, taking fingerprints and much more.

Almost every single person who was at the scene of the reported crime will wind up writing a report. This report will include their observations, the items they removed from the scene personally and the contact information for any witnesses with whom they spoke.

Older crimes, such as cold cases and those that were not witnessed by either a police officer or a member of the public will be investigated by a special task force, unit or detective. This type of investigation almost always involves forensic evidence, which includes collection of saliva, blood and fingerprints.

During all criminal investigations all officers and detectives assigned to the case must adhere to the Fourth Amendment regarding search and seizure.

If you are staring at a criminal charge in Canton, it's in your best interest to consult with an experienced criminal law attorney. You will want to know your rights in a criminal case, what to expect in the legal system and how to mount the proper defense.

Source: Findlaw, "How do the Police Investigate Crimes?," accessed Nov. 03, 2017

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