What are the Signs of Being Under Investigation for a White-Collar Crime?
The advantage of knowing whether you are under investigation for white-collar crime is the ability to seek legal advice and representation as quickly as possible. Preventing a grand jury indictment is your best defense against white-collar crime charges in Arizona — and an experienced attorney can determine the most effective measures for prevention.
Various federal agencies investigate white-collar crime, including the following:
- FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
- IRS (Internal Revenue Service)
- SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)
- Secret Service
- U.S. Customs
- EPA (Environment Protection Agency)
When an agency representative contacts you, you might suspect you are under investigation — if an agent appears at your door with a search warrant and seizes your computer, business records and tax information, you know you are under investigation. You may receive a grand jury subpoena that requires you to produce documentation.
In most cases, indictment is imminent when people receive a target letter from the U.S. Attorney's office that formally states they are under investigation for a specific white-collar crime, such as Medicare fraud or insider trading. The letter informs a person that they are called to testify before the Grand Jury regarding a certain matter, that they are the target of an investigation and warns about the right to counsel and the right against self-incrimination by taking the Fifth Amendment.
By consulting with an experienced white-collar crime attorney in Tucson, you limit the likelihood of making self-incriminating statements, and you can begin putting effective defense strategies into action.
Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC has more than 40 years of combined criminal law experience and the skills necessary to deal with sophisticated white-collar crime allegations.