Investigators like to close the books on cases as fast as they can. That's one reason why criminal charges get filed so quickly in many instances.
It's not always possible for police to move quickly, though. Indeed, sometimes they choose to move carefully to make sure they have left no stone unturned in building their case.
Regardless of how police choose to proceed, those who find themselves at the center of any official investigation should be aware of their legal rights and be seeking to exercise them as the need might arise -- even before anyone is charged with a crime.
There is a police investigation underway right now that brings this to mind. Officials say they are looking into the circumstances of a two-vehicle crash that happened at about 10 p.m. Monday night along Route 11 in Farmington.
A 28-year-old man from Rochester reportedly suffered severe cuts to the head and neck injuries in the incident. A 55-year-old woman from Dover suffered minor injuries.
According to police, the young Rochester man was driving a Jeep SUV west on 11 when he crossed over the double yellow line and into the path of the eastbound Chevy subcompact driven by the woman. Officials say both vehicles could be described as having been destroyed, which makes it amazing that no one was killed.
Investigators say they have not completed their investigation into the wreck. They are reportedly still checking to determine if alcohol may have played a role.
If it is determined that impairment was a factor, criminal charges could follow. Consulting an attorney would not have to wait until then.
Source: Foster's Daily Democrat, "Police identify drivers in bad Route 11 crash: Rochester man seriously hurt; Dover woman receives minor injuries," Liz Markhlevskaya, March 26, 2014