The advice given by the other attorneys to this question is sound - you should check with a lawyer who can answer the question in a way that's more appropriate to your circumstances and judge.
One additional though, though, is that you should try to talk to your probation officer. Especially in federal court, and, I think, especially in Maryland, your probation officer is a person who you need to be talking to and working with. Sometimes the probation officer has discretion to not file a...
It really depends on the database that is being searched and where the charge was issued, and by what agency. I don't know that anyone is going to be able to give you a set amount of time that applies to every charge in every jurisdiction showing up on every database of criminal records.
In general, internal law enforcement databases tend to be pretty quick - within the same day as the charge. But it depends on when the charge gets from the agency that issued it to the law enforcement...
That's a good question. It's also kind of a tricky one to answer. As a general matter, Congress creates federal crimes, and can create as many federal crimes as their power to legislate allows. As the Supreme Court has defined it over the years, that power is quite broad.
So, generally, federal crimes are crimes that Congress thinks should be prosecuted federally. There are currently more than 4400 federal crimes, and the list grows with each session of Congress. So, providing a list is...
The other two lawyers are exactly right. You need to hire a lawyer, and do it quickly, and you also need to make sure your wife has a lawyer as well.
One of the things a lawyer can do for you is figure out what the government's interest in your wife is. That may be able to provide you some peace of mind.
You may also want to read this free article on my webpage about what to do if you've been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. See http://www.thekaiserlawfirm.com/grand-jury-...
If they aren't willing to negotiate, and you can't find anyone else to force them to negotiate, it looks, based on what I understand your situation to be, that you would need to bring a lawsuit against them to recoup any money.
Though please investigate this quickly, since the statute of limitations on your claim is running, and you may find yourself time barred (if you aren't already).
I take it your question is this -
You were a contractor at a federal agency.
Documents were created that you think may be the kinds of documents that an Office of Inspector General (OIG) Agent may be interested in, if they're interested in doing criminal investigations.
You also want to see those documents (though why you want to see them isn't too clear, but that's ok).
You're worried that by requesting them through a FOIA request, you'll tip off the OIG that there's some shady...
The matter will likely be turned over to the Special Litigation Unit of your local U.S. Attorney's Office.
If you ever get significant assets, they can try to take those to cover the restitution. If you don't work, or have any cash beyond what you need to pay your basic expenses, it probably won't be worth the trouble of them bringing an action.
You should keep in touch with SPU and save all your correspondence with them.
I hope that answers your question. Good luck!
I think I answered this question earlier. In case I'm mistaken, the Financial Litigation Unit of your U.S. Attorney's office will try to collect the restitution. If you have no money, they can't take money, but they can garnish wages and try very aggressively to get the money. On the bright side, they can't generally use a failure to pay restitution as a means to put you in prison again.