What to do if a federal agent approaches you? (FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals,
Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, ATF, etc.)
You should tell the agent:
- I will not make any statements;
- I do not consent to any search; and
- I want to speak to my lawyer
- This will stop all questioning.
- If you make a statement to a federal agent you could be charged with the
crime of making a false statement to a federal agent.
What happens during the initial investigation of a federal case?
- You may be contacted by a federal agent.
- You may receive a target letter from the feds indicating you are a target
of a federal investigation.
- You may be contacted because you are a material witness.
- CONTACT A LAWYER AT GREENING LAW IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE CONTACTED BY A
How are federal cases different from state court criminal cases?
- Federal agents spend months investigating cases and consulting with the
U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Many times, agents will:
- wiretap your phone
- conduct video surveillance
- hire a snitch to collect evidence against you
- You are normally not arrested until the investigation is completed.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. YOU MUST HIRE AN EXPERIENCED FEDERAL LAWYER BEFORE
THE CASE IS INDICTED
Many times, Assistant U.S. Attorneys do not have discretion to dismiss charges
- It is imperative your lawyer negotiate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office
before indictment to minimize the possible punishment.
If you are involved in a federal case investigation, contact our law firm today!