If someone suspects that they might be investigated by the federal government, they should hire an attorney prior to the government contacting them. That way, they can immediately tell federal agents that they have an attorney who has advised them against making any statements. This will allow for the individual to avoid making incriminating statements under the pressure of the federal government, whether it is the FBI, DEA, Homeland Security, or Secret Service. An attorney will also be able to provide them with an idea of whether they may be charged with something and what they can do proactively before a case is filed.
What Rights Do I Have During A Federal Investigation?
During a federal investigation, an individual has the right to remain silent, the right to hire an attorney, and the right against illegal search and seizures. It is advised that anyone who is under investigation utilize their right to remain silent and hire an attorney to help guide them through the process.
Will I Receive A Bond After I Have Been Arrested And Charged With A Federal Crime?
Once appearing in federal court after an arrest, the probation department will assess whether the defendant is a flight risk or danger to the community and determine whether there is anyone who is willing to put up property or sign a signature bond for their release while waiting for their next court date. If it is the best strategic move to make, the defense will make an argument as to why the defendant should be released on bond conditions. The federal system is not like the state system in that bail bondsmen are not used.
What Should I Expect During My Initial Appearance In Federal Court?
At an initial appearance in federal court, a defendant will be given an indictment, which will list the charges against them. The defendant will have to sign some paperwork designating their attorney and indicating to the court that they understand the charges being made against them. Next, a judge will be assigned to the case, and the magistrate sitting in the court where the defendant will appear will set several court dates and determine whether they can be released on bond or remain in custody during the pendency of the case.
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