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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

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How Long Can The Federal Government Investigate You?

By Spodek Law Group | July 27, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 15, 2023)

Last Updated on: 15th October 2023, 07:43 am

How Long Can The Federal Government Investigate You?

Being under federal investigation can be extremely stressful and uncertain. You may wonder how long the government can investigate before pressing charges or dropping the case. Here’s an overview of key factors affecting federal investigation length.

Statute of Limitations

Prosecutors typically have 5 years from the crime date to bring charges[1]. They need an indictment within this timeframe. Some other statutes of limitations:

  • Bank fraud – 10 years
  • Immigration violations – 10 years
  • Arson – 10 years
  • Kidnapping – No limit if victim is minor, else 10 years

The clock doesn’t start for conspiracy or other ongoing crimes until the activity ends[2]. The statute of limitations can also be extended if the suspect flees.

Classified Information

Federal investigations often involve classified information and secret proceedings. You may be investigated without knowing it. The first sign could be when agents arrive to make an arrest, even for activity from years ago. There are no requirements to keep a suspect informed of progress[4].

Investigative Tools

Prosecutors have many tools to gather evidence over long periods, like[5]:

  • Wiretapping
  • Physical surveillance
  • Monitoring internet activities
  • Obtaining financial records
  • Interviewing associates
  • Issuing subpoenas

This allows building an airtight case before pressing charges.

If facing a federal investigation, getting experienced legal counsel should be a top priority. An attorney can help protect rights, review evidence, negotiate with investigators, and challenge overreach. This can sometimes lead to dropped or reduced charges.

Don’t Talk Without an Attorney

Never speak to investigators without your attorney. Anything you say can be used against you. Only communicate through your lawyer to avoid self-incrimination.

Be Patient

There are usually no clear signals when an investigation might end. You may need to wait out the statute of limitations period to know you’re clear. This requires patience and discipline to avoid extending the investigation.

Understand Your Options

In some cases, cooperating with prosecutors or a plea deal may be beneficial. Your attorney can advise on the pros and cons. Every case is different.

Don’t Panic

Being investigated is scary and isolating. But panicking or overreacting could make things worse. Keep a level head and let your attorney handle investigator communications.

The bottom line – federal investigations can drag on for years before charges or dismissal. Immediately hiring experienced legal counsel is crucial to protect rights and interests. With a good lawyer’s advice, you can get through this difficult process one step at a time.

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