If you find yourself investigated on suspicion of a white-collar crime, it’s important to accept that. You certainly do not need to accept that you are guilty or did anything wrong. Yet you do need to accept that the authorities have a right to carry out the investigation, and the police might have a right to arrest you.
It can be hard, especially when you know they are wrong, but doing anything to obstruct them in their duties will likely worsen your situation.
Here are three things to avoid:
Destroying or tampering with evidence
Running any documents you think the investigators might search for through the paper shredder only makes you look guilty. If you know there are errors in the documents that could be misinterpreted as intentionally fraudulent, remember that you can try and explain them later with an attorney’s help.
Saying things to lead the police down the wrong trail or get them off your back
When questioned, you have two options: Say nothing or tell the truth. Telling little white lies could lead to perjury charges on top of any charges for the offense being investigated.
Being arrested is no fun, but resisting arrest can be downright dangerous and could lead to additional charges if, for example, you accidentally elbow a police officer in the face while trying to wriggle out of their grasp.
Being marched out of your office in cuffs may feel undignifying but remember you are innocent until proven guilty.
It can feel frightening to be investigated, and your fear could cause you to make bad decisions. Seeking early legal help is best.