FOLLOW US :
212-300-5196

White Glove Service. Excellent Results. Strong Reputation.

Read Our Reviews

Nationwide Legal Representation

We are an elite criminal defense law firm, that emphasizes providing the best service and professionalism to all clients. We service a curated clientele nationwide – that expect the best from their lawyer. We handle tough criminal defense and legal situations that require deep knowledge, experience, dedication, and excellence in order to win. We have over 50 years of combined experience, handling national and international cases.

Service Matters

Excellent results begins with top notch service. We treat you like family, and you always know what's going on with your criminal defense case.

Work Directly

When you hire our law firm, you work directly with a senior criminal defense attorney only. This ensures the best results possible.

Who We Are

We 100's of 5 star reviews, and have been featured in the media. We are a premier law firm who understands how to win cases.

Schedule Consultation

Top Rated Attorneys

The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.

 



How to Respond when an OIG Agent Wants to Talk

How to Best Respond When an OIG Agent Wants to Talk

If an agent from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) wants to meet with you, don’t panic, even though you want to. Instead, agree to meet with the officer at a later date. In the meantime, consult at once with an experienced OIG investigation attorney for guidance going forward.

Many federal lawyers offer no-cost consultations. Try to get an in-person consult if possible. It will help you assess whether the lawyer is someone you can work with should your situation escalate. That being said, here’s what the OIG does and what that means for you.

What Is the OIG?

The Office of the Inspector General was established by the Inspector General Act of 1978. This federal agency reports to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is tasked with the following actions:

  • Perform independent investigations of DHS programs and operations
  • Promote the efficiency, economy and effectiveness of DHS programs
  • Identify and counteract departmental fraud, abuse and waste
  • Provide ongoing counsel to Congress and the DHS Secretary about DHS program deficiencies that require corrective measures.

Who Are OIG Investigators?

As an independent oversight entity, OIG investigations are conducted by federal criminal investigators who are otherwise known as special agents. Their law enforcement powers are granted by the U.S. Attorney General (AG).

Agents can carry firearms and obtain and execute search and arrest warrants. Under certain conditions, they can make an arrest without a warrant.

The OIG is an independent entity distinct from other law enforcement agencies. It is situated in Washington, DC, and has field locations in Miami, New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.

What Happens If I Am Contacted by a Special Agent?

The OIG investigates criminal, civil and administrative matters. If you are contacted, the agent will tell you what they want to talk to you about and why. Based on what you are told, you can better decide what to do.

If you believe yourself to be in the clear with nothing to share that could incriminate you, you might be tempted to just jump in and have a go. After all, declining the invitation might make you appear suspect to the investigators.

Your lawyer might see it differently. The first step in any kind of official investigation should always be to discuss the matter with an attorney before sitting down with an OIG special agent.

You don’t have to answer every question. However, OIG agents have extensive training and considerable experience extracting information from reluctant witnesses. If you try to match wits with the agent, the odds are that you will lose.

The best way to survive an OIG investigation is to have your lawyer present whenever you are questioned. Additionally, do not discuss the investigation with anyone else, especially fellow employees.

OIG agents are not always out to get you. Sometimes they are seeking information about crimes you’re not involved in but may have important information about. After all, without witness testimony, prosecutors can be greatly hindered in their efforts to get a criminal conviction.

Nevertheless, it’s always safer to have your lawyer present. You might be thoroughly innocent of any wrongdoing, but you can still unintentionally incriminate yourself. It’s easy to do when you’re anxious and stressed out.

Whatever you do, don’t lie to an OIG special agent. It’s not in your best interest, it can easily incriminate you and you might land in jail. Declining to answer a question is not a crime, but lying to an agent is.

Under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001, the penalty for making false statements to a law enforcement officer is a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.

How Does an OIG Investigation Work?

The OIG investigates allegations, complaints and information related to the violation of laws, regulations and policies.

Investigations are conducted by special agents who are highly trained and credentialed criminal investigators as well as federal law enforcement officers.

The findings of these investigations can be used for administrative action by the department and its bureaus. The information can also be used in criminal and civil actions conduced by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

How long it takes the OIG to conclude an investigation depends on the particulars of each case. Generally speaking, the OIG will issue a final report within one year following the initiation date.

Must Employees Cooperate With Special Agents?

Employees must fully cooperate with all OIG investigations. That includes responding in a forthright and candid manner during interviews. You must submit any relevant material in your possession, and you must deliver that material in a timely manner.

The Inspector General Act granted the OIG access to all information and evidence related to an inquiry. Employees must truthfully respond to all questions and should not appear to be withholding information that’s potentially relevant to the investigation.

What Are My Rights?

Under the Fifth Amendment, you have the right to refuse to provide any information or evidence that could be used against you in a court of law.

References:

https://www.oig.doc.gov/Pages/FAQs-About-OIG-Investigations.aspx
https://www.oig.dhs.gov/about/faqs
https://oig.federalreserve.gov/investigations-what-we-do.htm
https://ig.ny.gov/offices/inspectorgeneral
https://www.oig.doc.gov/Pages/FAQs-About-OIG-Investigations.aspx


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

FREE CONSULTATION

Testimonials

Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We provide superior service, excellent results, at a level superior to other criminal defense law firms. Regardless of where your case is, nationwide, we can help you.



Hear From Our Clients

"Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them..."

David Bruce

"Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet."

Rowlin Garcia

"Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind."

Francis Anim
Read Our Reviews
Get In Touch

Schedule Your Consultation

Los Angeles

555 W 5th St 35th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

212-300-5196



get directions

Queens

35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106

212-300-5196



get directions

NYC

85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004

212-300-5196



get directions

Brooklyn

195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

212-300-5196



get directions

Call Us