Being suspected of any crime is serious, but especially so if it is the federal government investigating you. Our team at Levine & Levine Attorneys at Law has put together this list of three indications that you may be a suspect or person of interest in a federal criminal case.
1. You Were Contacted by a Federal Law Enforcement Officer
This is one of the most clear signs. A federal law enforcement officer may come to your home at any time and ask you to answer questions. They may also ask if they can search your property. You do not have to answer any questions, nor do you have to consent to a warrantless search.
It’s important to note that federal agents will never contact you via phone, e-mail, or text message. If you receive an electronic message from someone claiming to be with the FBI, it is almost certainly not and could be a scam.
2. Your Home is Searched
If the federal agents have built a strong enough initial case, a judge may grant a search warrant. This gives them the ability to search your property without your consent. This can be a scary time, even for individuals who are innocent. However, you should not try to prevent the search or destroy evidence. You could face additional charges for doing so.
3. You Receive a Target Letter
While federal agents may come to your door, they may also contact you by mail. A target letter informs the recipient that a federal organization or employee believes they have committed a crime. The letter will inform the recipient what crime they are suspected of committing, as well as dates for upcoming hearings. Technically, you are not charged with a crime at the time you receive a target letter. However, it is a good indication that you will soon be charged with a federal crime.
If you experience any of these three events, it is crucial that you contact a defense attorney as soon as possible. They will be able to best protect and guide you through this complicated time.
Kalamazoo Federal Defense Attorneys
Were you or a loved one recently charged with a federal crime? Levine & Levine Attorneys at Law can help. We have handled numerous types of federal cases, both violent and nonviolent in nature. We understand the ins and outs of the federal justice system, as well as what it takes to build the strongest possible defense. Discuss your situation with our team today, click here to request a consultation or call (269) 218-8880.