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What rights do I have if I receive an FBI target letter?

By Spodek Law Group | July 25, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 15, 2023)

Last Updated on: 15th October 2023, 01:54 pm

What Rights Do I Have If I Receive An FBI Target Letter?

Receiving a target letter from the FBI can be an intimidating and stressful experience. This letter informs you that you are under investigation for a potential federal crime. It often invites you to cooperate with the investigation or provide information. However, you have important constitutional and legal rights that you should understand before responding.

 

Should I Respond to a Target Letter?

The decision of how to respond requires careful consideration of your legal options and the risks involved. Here are some key factors to weigh:

  • You have the absolute right not to respond. The 5th Amendment protects against self-incrimination.
  • Anything you say, even denying guilt, can potentially be used against you.
  • Cooperating early sometimes leads to a better outcome, but the benefits are uncertain.
  • Speaking without an attorney present is very risky and not recommended.
  • Lying or obstructing federal agents is a felony – be truthful or remain silent.
  • The target letter itself does not mean you will be charged with a crime.

Because of the complexities involved, you should almost always consult an experienced federal criminal defense attorney before responding. They can interact with investigators on your behalf or let them know communications should go through counsel.

What Are My Rights During an Investigation?

Some key rights to remember if you engage with federal agents either voluntarily or due to a subpoena:

  • You have the right to remain silent – you never have to answer questions, even if you initially waive this right.
  • You have the right to an attorney during any questioning.
  • You have the right to leave or stop cooperating at any time.
  • You have the right to request a subpoena for documents instead of providing them voluntarily.
  • Your attorney can negotiate for immunity or create an informal immunity agreement.
  • Your attorney may be able to get access to evidence through discovery.

In addition to sticking to the truth, relying on these rights is essential to avoid self-incrimination or obstruction charges.

What Should I Do If Charged With a Crime?

If you ultimately do get charged with a federal offense, an experienced federal criminal defense attorney can advise you on the best defense strategy. Here are some potential options to discuss:

  • Negotiating a plea deal and cooperation agreement
  • Seeking to suppress illegally obtained evidence
  • Raising technical deficiencies or issues with the indictment
  • Disputing evidentiary arguments at a pretrial motions hearing
  • Mounting an affirmative defense at trial such as entrapment
  • Attacking credibility of witnesses or informants
  • Presenting mitigating circumstances at sentencing

The circumstances of your specific case will determine which strategies are best to pursue. But an accomplished federal defense lawyer knows how to analyze the case and identify the most advantageous defenses.

Take a Target Letter Seriously But Know Your Rights

Receiving a target letter is always concerning news, but it does not have to be the end of the road. Understanding your legal protections is critical. You should consult with a seasoned federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after receiving a target letter. They can objectively assess your case, guide interactions with investigators, and mount an aggressive defense if charges are filed.

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