A federal agent reaches out to you in regards to an investigation. She says that she “just wants a statement.” She assures you that it’s routine. If you meet with her, you may be starting a chain of events that can ultimately lead to your incarceration, even if you are confident that you are innocent. That’s why if you are approached by a federal agent whether they are from the FBI, IRS, Homeland Security, DEA, or ICE, it’s best to contact a federal criminal defense attorney in Tampa.
Why is a Federal Agent Contacting You?
They are looking for information. This information will likely be used in a federal investigation that they are either attempting to launch or that has been launched already. The investigation may stem from a previously filled crime report or previous testimony. Your name has likely come on their radar for two reasons:
You are Under Investigation
The government has decided to interview you rather than indict you in a federal case. There may be more information they want to gather. This represents an important opportunity for you to potentially “state your case”, but it’s highly advisable that you speak with a federal defense attorney in Tampa first.
You are a Witness in an Investigation
Even if you are a witness in an investigation, speaking to a federal agent without your lawyer present can get you in trouble. You may potentially incriminate yourself during the interview or provide statements that may be used against you by a prosecutor. The federal agent is an expert at getting the information that he needs. You are likely not an expert in dealing with a federal agent.
How an Attorney Can Help You When Dealing with Federal Agents
Advise on the Best Course of Action
Your attorney can analyze the details of your situation and advise you as to whether or not you should make a statement.
Engage the Federal Agent
A federal defense attorney in Tampa can answer the investigator’s questions. They can also ask questions about your role in the investigation and request evidence.
Create a Proffer Letter
This is a statement listing the actions that you conducted that may be illegal in nature. The letter allows you to give information to investigators or prosecutors. Your attorney can position the letter in a way that gives you the best chance of being a part of the investigation but safe from indictment.
For a free consultation with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm at (813) 712-8736 or submit our contact request form.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.