What To Do When Being Interviewed
Have You Been Contacted By Federal Authorities? Call A Lawyer Immediately.
If you or a loved one is the target of a federal investigation, you will likely know about it. A federal agent or investigator will contact you or a family member. A search warrant may have been executed. A subpoena for important documents may be issued by a grand jury.
Your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent is a powerful tool. Use it. Then call the law firm of Mark C. Cogan, P.C. in Portland at (503) 549-1077.
Regardless of the type of contact, you need to speak with a highly experienced Portland criminal defense attorney immediately. At Mark C. Cogan, P.C., our initial consultations are free. Take advantage of this opportunity if you are unsure about your situation or your rights.
What You Say Can And Will Be Used Against You
Whether you are sitting in an interrogation room after an arrest or have simply been contacted by a federal agent over the phone, you are being interviewed. Your testimony is being documented and what you say can and will be used against you — even if you are not the subject of the investigation.
If you find yourself in this situation, there is only one thing you need to remember: Call a lawyer. Why?
- Investigative tactics: Federal authorities will use many tactics to get you talking. For example, they will make it seem like a routine call or act as if they are on your side. They do not make routine calls and they are never on your side.
- Investigators will lie: Investigators are allowed to make false claims about the evidence, about what they know or what another witness has said in order to get you to make voluntary admissions.
- Charges of obstruction of justice or lying to a federal agent: It is natural to want to attempt to spin the truth or minimize the reality of a situation to protect yourself or another person. However, any level of stretching the truth or omitting evidence can be considered a crime. You may be charged with a crime even if you are not the subject of the federal investigation.
The Prosecution Has Begun Its Work – We Should Begin Ours
If you have been contacted in any way, the prosecution has already begun building its case. The government is a powerful opponent, which is why you need to take advantage of early notification in any federal investigation. Contact Portland federal crimes attorney immediately so that we can begin working on your defense.