Experience with Various Cases
When federal employees are charged with criminal activity, it can be for a variety of reasons. Many times, the criminal charges are related to such activities as money laundering, corruption and bribery, conspiracies, theft or embezzlement, misappropriation of government funds, drug trafficking, or computer offenses such as pornography. Whatever the circumstances may be, government prosecutors on the case will go hard for a conviction, attempting to send a message to others while strengthening their own reputations for toughness. However, no matter how intimidating the situation may be, never delay in seeking the legal help that can be given you through the Spodek Law Group.
Stages of a Case
When you have been contacted by criminal investigators, your case may already be at various stages. For example, you may be contacted and informed your case is about to be heard in front of a grand jury. In other situations, investigators may be wanting to execute search warrants or even bring formal indictments against you. Unfortunately, just because you may be a high-ranking federal employee will not mean authorities will take it easy on you. In fact, the opposite often happens. Therefore, rather than let your good judgement fall by the wayside and make critical mistakes in what you say or do when around investigators, contact us here at the Spodek Law Group for expert advice and guidance from day one.
Who Investigates Federal Employees?
When federal employees come under criminal investigation, that task falls to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) or the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Since both of these agencies are independent of the DOJ and have tremendous investigative authority, you should take a visit from their investigators very seriously. Whether you are alleged to have committed professional misconduct, embezzled funds, or other crimes, never forget that you do have legal rights that should always be protected. But to do so effectively, always make sure you have attorneys from the Spodek Law Group with you who have years of in-depth experience and knowledge handling these cases.
Never Volunteer for an Interview
When facing a situation such as this, never under any circumstances agree to let yourself be interviewed by federal investigators. Even though you may think they are friends and that the allegations against you will amount to nothing, don’t take anything for granted. In fact, these investigators will likely use every trick in the book to trip you up along the way and get the evidence they feel is needed to place you under arrest and get a conviction in court. Like any criminal defendant, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Therefore, use common sense, good judgement, and plenty of patience when getting a visit from OIG or OPR investigators, and say as little as possible to them until you have contacted us here at the Spodek Law Group.
Witness, Subject, or Target?
When federal investigators contact you, it may be because you are either a target, subject, or witness in a federal investigation. However, the investigators will probably not disclose your status to you, and may in fact lie to you if they believe this will help them with their case. Because of this, don’t assume what you are being told is the absolute truth of the matter. Instead, say little to them and hire the Spodek Law Group so that we can handle all communications with government investigators and prosecutors.
Since your freedom and reputation may be at stake, consult quickly with the Spodek Law Group to ensure your constitutional rights are always protected from start to finish.