What to do if you receive a target letter from the federal government.
This summary will quickly explain what to do if you recieve a target letter from federal authorities. All to often a person will freak out and think they can talk to the federal agents and clear everything up...all to often they are wrong.
I Received a Target Letter from Federal Agents...Now What?When you have a received a letter from federal agents it is because you have become a suspect or person of interest in a federal criminal investigation. The first thing you should do is contact a local federal criminal defense attorney. DO NOT CALL THE AUTHORITIES OR SPEAK WITH THEM UNITL YOU HAVE COUNSEL. All too often a person will freak out and think they can talk to the federal agents and clear everything up...all too often they are wrong.
If I Talk to the Federal Agents I can Explain Everything!Wrong! If you speak to federal agents everything you say and do will be used against you. Further, you may open yourself up to a potential charge under 18 USC 1001, False Statements to a Federal Officer.
I know you think that by not speaking with federal agents it looks like you have something to hide. However, if you are the subject of a target letter they already think you have something to hide.
The ONLY person (including family and friends) that you should speak with regarding a federal investigation is your attorney.