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What To Do When Under Federal Investigation


When facing a federal investigation, it is crucial to understand the process and how to navigate it effectively. Federal investigations are conducted by various agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, IRS, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice, and can result in severe penalties, including hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences.

Paul D. Petruzzi, with his extensive experience, has represented numerous individuals under federal investigation for a variety of alleged offenses. His in-depth knowledge and experience are invaluable assets for clients facing these daunting circumstances.

If you suspect you are under a federal investigation, it's vital to take the right steps:

Determining If You Are Under Investigation: This is the first crucial step. Signs include the FBI wanting to interview you, receiving a grand jury subpoena, a raid on your house/office, a target letter, or an arrest. These are clear indicators that you are involved in a federal investigation.

Understanding Your Role in the Investigation: You may be a witness, subject, or target. A witness has information about the case, a subject is someone whose role is unclear, and a target is someone believed to have committed a crime.

Consulting an Attorney: If you suspect you're under investigation, it's essential to consult with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney immediately. They can determine your involvement and advise on the best course of action.

Communicating Carefully: Be mindful of your communications. The FBI and other agencies may monitor your calls and online activity. Assume that your communications are being watched, especially if they relate to the investigation.

Avoiding Self-Incrimination: Do not attempt to handle the situation alone. Engaging in discussions with federal agents without an attorney can lead to self-incrimination. It's vital to have legal representation during any such interactions.

Preserving Evidence: Do not destroy any potential evidence. Obstruction of justice, which includes destroying evidence or instructing others to do so, is a serious federal offense.

Staying Calm and Rational: It’s natural to feel stressed or scared, but overreacting can lead to poor decisions. Keep a level head and rely on your legal counsel for guidance.

Preparing for the Long Haul: Federal investigations can be lengthy and complex. It's important to be prepared for a long process and to follow your attorney's advice closely throughout.

Remember, the best defense in a federal investigation is an experienced and knowledgeable federal criminal defense lawyer who can navigate the complexities of the federal legal system and protect your rights. Paul D. Petruzzi’s experience with federal agencies and his understanding of the federal legal process make him an invaluable resource in these situations.

To arrange a free and confidential consultation about any federal investigation regarding any accusation or offense, contact our office at (305) 330-3905.

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