Learning that you’ve been charged with a federal crime can be a confusing and troubling time. You need to know exactly what to do next in order to protect yourself.
Obviously, hiring a criminal defense lawyer is a great option. You need someone skilled in this area of law who has your best interest in mind and can help to walk you through this difficult process.
But there are some definite moves you should not make after learning you’re being charged with a federal crime. You need to be careful about the steps that you take so that you do not cause yourself more harm.
You may be tempted to go speak to someone representing whatever agency is trying to charge you with a crime. Whether it’s the DEA, the FBI, or any other agency, you never want to meet with someone without talking to and being represented by a lawyer. Yes, these agencies are tasked with seeking out the truth in a case, but sometimes in the effort to close a case quickly, people are wrongly accused and even charged with crimes. We don’t want to let their rushing to a decision affect the rest of your life.
Even giving these agencies your documents, showing them evidence, or inviting them into your home or office without a proper subpoena can cause you more harm than good. These are your personal and professional files, and they should remain your property until the federal agency has a legal reason to view them. You need to know and understand your rights. We’re here to help you and protect you.
Meeting with a skilled, experienced attorney is your best course of action in this scenario. We understand the law and how to protect you from the severe ramifications this can have on not only your personal life, but on your professional life as well. Being accused of a crime – even if you’re not convicted of it – can turn your whole life upside down and mar you professionally. You don’t want this issue affecting your entire life and that of your family. Speak to us today in order to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the charges against you.