Obviously, if you're being investigated by the feds you're going to want to consult an attorney. The problem is that the feds will come and talk to you and ask you if you want to give some information.
They'll start asking you some questions. Sometimes, they'll tape-record the conversation. The bottom line is if you say anything that's incriminating or they deem incriminating, sometimes during the investigation phase, they won't even tape record certain statements.
Also, in interviews, they might give, and they might say that you said something that you really didn't say, or they may mischaracterize what you said during a federal investigation. Now you're in the unenviable position of being charged with a federal crime later on and then trying to use your statement against you.
Retain a Federal Criminal Lawyer Immediately
So, if you're being investigated federally, you want to get to an attorney immediately. Let the attorney do the talking for you. Federal criminal defense attorneys are a special breed. They know how to deal with the FBI, Secret Service, Homeland Security and Drug Enforcement Agency, and all the branches that comprise the federal government's investigative body.
Those branches were poured directly to the prosecutors — the Assistant United States Attorneys and those investigators will give them all the information, including statements you might make. So, obviously, you want to be in the strongest position.
Let your attorney do the talking. Let your attorney meet with the FBI and begin to make the best decisions on your behalf.
Protecting Yourself During a Federal Criminal Investigation
You mustn't put yourself in a bad position regarding a federal criminal investigation. Once I am retained on the case, I will call the agent up, introduce myself, give them my information, ask questions, and find out what I can.
If there's a prosecutor on the case, I will get that prosecutor's information, talk to that prosecutor, and let them know my client's point of view — my client's side of the story. Then, based on my conversation with that prosecutor, I can now advise my client on how they should handle themselves — whether they should meet with the government or remain silent. This is a crucial first step in the investigative phase of a federal criminal case.
If the federal government investigates you, get to an attorney as fast as possible. Let that attorney talk for you and start making the right moves on your behalf.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense firm located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. We are also at 633 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA 90071. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0994.