White Collar Crime Investigations: What You Need to Know
While being investigated for any type of criminal activity is a serious matter, if you are suspected of committing a white collar crime, you could face federal charges. Many people under investigation for white collar crimes do not understand their rights and therefore make mistakes that jeopardize their case.
The moment you believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other law enforcement agency is considering you as a suspect in an ongoing investigation, follow the steps below:
- Seek professional legal help — The law is complex. If you do not have a legal background, you may have difficulty understanding the criminal justice system and your rights. Therefore, it is vital that you retain experienced criminal defense help as soon as possible.
- Do not consent to a search — If law enforcement officials wish to search your home, they need a warrant or your consent. Surprisingly, many individuals consent to a police search — a terrible mistake. If law enforcement agents are asking for your consent, it means they do not have a warrant and require your permission.
- Invoke your right to remain silent — In the event that police question you about your involvement in any type of criminal activity, politely request an attorney and state that you are invoking your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
Whether you are accused of embezzlement, fraud, identity theft or any other type of white-collar crime, your freedom and your future may be at stake. Yet with the assistance and guidance of a skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney, you may be able to have the charges against you reduced or even dismissed.