Do I need a lawyer if I am under investigation for a white collar crime?

Some people have the mistaken belief that if they talk to the police officer, the prosecutor, or the investigating agent that they can persuade them of their innocence. 

That’s simply not the case. 

If you are under investigation for a crime, tell the law enforcement officer that you are invoking your right to remain silent, and that you want to speak to an attorney. Then hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible. 

Other times, people are worried that hiring a lawyer makes they “appear” guilty. 

Prosecutors and other law enforcement agents understand that someone accused of a crime wants to speak to a lawyer when they have been notified that they are under investigation. It is your right, and it cannot be held against you.