What to Do if a Federal Agent Contacts You or Comes to Question You

June 29, 2012

Being involved in a federal investigation can be a frightening experience. A federal agent will contact you, and they may show up on your doorstep unannounced to question you. Though you may be completely innocent, it is important to understand your rights, and to know that your rights include having an attorney present before you answer any questions or concede to any searches. You should seek legal representation right away in the face of a federal investigation to ensure that your legal rights are asserted.

If contacted by a federal agent for any reason, should it be to come in for an interview or to answer a few questions over the phone, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer right away. If you do not have legal representation, you should never allow anyone into your home to “look around” unless they have a warrant. If you do allow an agent into your home, anything that they find can, and will be, used against you in court.

In addition to the FBI, the IRS, the DEA, the Secret Service, the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and even the US Fish and Wildlife Service can all perform federal investigations.

If you are under investigation by any of these agencies, contact a Trenton federal criminal defense lawyer right away. The sooner you contact me, the sooner I can help.

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