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 Federal Agent.

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
    after indictment.
  • It is imperative your lawyer negotiate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office before indictment to minimize the possible punishment.