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What To Know When Talking to Federal Agents

Posted by Ann Fitz | Apr 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you are the subject of a federal criminal investigation, you may be asked to voluntary agree to talking to federal agents. It is important to remember that these conversations are voluntary and anything you say during these conversations can and will be used against you in court. This means that it is essential for anyone who is being questioned by federal agents to understand their rights and to know how to proceed with caution. In this blog post, we'll discuss what you should know before talking with federal agents.

Your Rights Before Talking to Federal Agents

If you are contacted by a federal agent and asked to speak with them, remember that you have certain rights under the Constitution. These include the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, which states that you do not have to provide information or answer questions if doing so could incriminate yourself. You also have the right to an attorney; if you are unsure of your legal position or would like assistance when speaking with a federal agent, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately.

What To Do When Speaking with Federal Agents

When speaking with a federal agent, remember that they are likely building a case against you—not trying to help your situation. Be polite but firm and stick with short, factual answers whenever possible. Don't make any statements or provide any documents without consulting an attorney first. Even if the agent says they need specific information in order for “the investigation” to move forward, do not provide any information until after your lawyer has reviewed it carefully and determined that it is safe for you to do so.

Be Prepared for Anything

Remember that as soon as a government investigation starts, anything can happen—from subpoenas being served on business associates or friends of yours all the way up through full-scale raids of your home or office by multiple agencies at once. Make sure that your family and associates understand this fact as well so they can be prepared for anything if needed. Additionally, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on retainer means access to immediate advice when faced with unexpected events such as these.

Talking with federal agents can be intimidating and overwhelming at best—and highly damaging at worst—so it's important for anyone who finds themselves in this situation to understand their rights and seek legal advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney before engaging in any conversations or providing any documents or evidence requested by investigators. Taking the time now to prepare yourself will pay off later in terms of protecting your reputation and safeguarding your future prospects in case things take a turn for the worse during the course of an investigation into alleged wrongdoings on behalf of yourself or someone else close by association. Remember: knowledge is power!

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Ann Fitz

Attorney Ann Fitz Attorney Ann Fitz has 20 years of experience as a federal criminal attorney and appellate practice attorney.  She began her career as a prosecutor in 2003 and started her own federal criminal defense practice in 2007.  She is devoted to protecting the rights of the accused in f...

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