It starts off simple and benign. “We would like you to come in and answer a few questions.” Often it is a law enforcement official, but they rarely look like “cops.” Sometimes it is a private investigator or a company security official. You think to yourself, “I have nothing to hide.” The next thing you know, you are being cross-examined trying to defend yourself against professional interrogators.
Being investigated for a crime is nerve-racking enough. Being investigated for a federal crime, however, is an entirely different beast. Whether it is a white-collar investigation into securities transactions, questions about medical services and possible health care fraud, or transactions suspected of being tied to money laundering, the expression, “anything you say can and will be used against you” could not be any truer.
That is why, in any federal investigation, your involvement starts with, “I would like to have an attorney present.” The sooner you have an attorney, always the better.
Federal investigations can happen in a variety of ways. Some are done in full view with law enforcement reaching out early to gather evidence and obtain statements. Others are done surreptitiously, only to be discovered when federal agents come knocking on the door with a search warrant in hand.
The most important consideration is to be armed and ready with a knowledgeable, experienced federal criminal defense attorney on standby for when that time comes.
Brent Mayr, Paul Schiffer, and Richard Esper represent a number of people who are under investigation for federal crimes and, often times, they are often able to work with law enforcement to effectively present the other side of the story and keeping federal charges from being filed. If you believe you are being investigated for a federal crime, contact Brent Mayr, Paul Schiffer, or Richard Esper at 855-NT-GILTY (855-684-4589) to speak with them personally regarding your case.