Are you or is a loved one facing an investigation for a federal offense?
Picture this: A friend applies for a job at a federal agency and names you as one of her references. Then a member of the CIA comes to your house to interview you, and he was very serious and official.
Even though you have nothing to fear, you still feel exposed.
You wonder what you would have done if a federal agent had shown up at your work unannounced and wanted to talk to you for an unexplained reason.
Would you have been eager to tell anything you knew to prove you are was honest?
Many people do just that. They fear the authority of a federal agent. They are worried about what might happen, so they do the exact wrong thing.
Under Investigation for a Federal Offense
One tactic a federal agent may use is the simple truth: you are under investigation for a federal offense.
No agent has to prove they have any evidence against you. However, many people assume investigators have something and are eager to prove them wrong or explain themselves.
It is in this stage of an investigation that agents often acquire the evidence to use against you.
You are not obligated to talk to a federal agent. The Fifth Amendment protects you from being forced to answer questions that would incriminate you.
However, it may be to your advantage to answer questions, and you can determine that by first speaking to your federal criminal defense attorney.
Federal OIG Agents
The Office of the Inspector General is responsible for investigating things like:
- Employee misconduct
- Ethical and compliance concerns
- Administrative misconduct
If an OIG agent wants to speak with you, it may not concern you directly, but that doesn’t mean you must talk to him or her before consulting your attorney.
You do, however, have to cooperate fully with an OIG investigation if you are an employee.
A federal defense attorney can best advise you on how to work with an OIG investigation without self-incrimination.
You may not realize how important this is, but it can be a tricky process to go through without help. The law requires employees to provide information that isn’t self-incriminating.
Don’t make the mistake of getting bullied into giving away your rights.
In some cases, you may be offered immunity from criminal prosecution so that you will share what you know.
The federal government does not like to grant immunity, so working with a federal defense attorney is still a must to navigate your case and make sure you don’t end up with federal charges because of something you revealed.
Detroit Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer, David J. Kramer
The best thing you can do for yourself before you speak to an OIG agent or any federal agent is to contact a federal criminal defense attorney and make sure you know your rights before you talk to them.
If you attempt to go it alone, you could end up being hit with additional charges like withholding or destroying evidence, or providing false information.
Call my office today, and we will work with you to find the best possible options and begin fighting for the outcome you want.