Hi. So the ATF has knocked on my door. Not my current door but a last residence and my landlord met with the Atf agent. Agent explained he is looking for me. My ex landlord being the presser he is asked what is this about?? Agent then relays to him that he wanted to ask me questions about a firearm I had purchased a while back and gave him my phone number address, details that I never consented to be given. Same time he leaves that house he must have called me, and same thing...he wants to ask questions about a couple firearms I purchased. In the mean time my ex landlord calls to tell me if the encounter. What should I do? I for one feel already violated for the fact that he disclosed my personal affairs to an ex landlord. Isnt that a privacy act issue?...I don't know. Could I assert my right to remain silent and not answer any questions in the matter and explain I have legal counsel? I cannot ignore it I know. I really do not know what the questions are about. Should I worry? Thanks.
There is no privacy issue here. You can talk to the agent or not talk to him, it is up to you. You should consult a criminal defense attorney first to decide if and how to refuse to talk to him.
Issue with privacy? No. You would wise to consult with a criminal lawyer before making any decision on whether to speak to them. Use the "find a lawyer" tab above.
You should hire an experienced, Arizona-license criminal defense attorney (who knows how to handle federal, pre-indictment cases) IMMEDIATELY, so he/she can make contact with the ATF agent to let him know that you are represented.
Many such attorneys, including myself, offer, free initial 30-minute consultations. You should strongly consider availing yourself of one or more of these.
The “privacy” issue is a non-issue - you have bigger fish to fry here: you could be under investigation for committing a federal firearm offense.
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