Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
What Do You Do if Contacted by the Federal Government?
Federal agents and investigators can sound forceful and intimidating in their visits, calls, or other means of communication. It is important that anyone contacted by the federal government exercise the right to remain silent until a federal defense attorney can represent you.
If the government has contacted you, call Whalen Law Office to speak with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. Whether through a grand jury subpoena, target letter, or other reason, the government has virtually limitless resources to trap an individual with his or her own words. Any contact is serious and a response without legal representation can be the difference between freedom and incarceration.
Mr. Whalen knows how to answer on his clients’ behalf and how to comb through federal documentation for any discrepancies. Call today at 469-208-5558 to discuss any of the following situations:
If You have Gotten a Grand Jury Subpoena:
The purpose of the grand jury is for trial preparation. An attorney is absolutely needed if you have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, no matter if you are there as an individual or as a custodian of business records for the company for which you work.
It is important that you report to the grand jury for the subpoena, but call your attorney as soon as you receive the subpoena so that he can be there. Mr. Whalen will examine the language of the subpoena and communicate with federal officials on your behalf to determine your role in the investigation.
Refer all questions before the actual grand jury to your attorney, and refuse any interviews with federal agents scheduled for days or even hours before your grand jury testimony.
It is important before you reach an attorney that you remain respectful to federal officials involved in the case, no matter how threatening or aggressive they may appear. Anything can literally be held against you, which is why you can execute your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent at all times – especially after you have politely informed the federal agents that you “have an attorney and will respectfully decline to comment.”
Mr. Whalen has often been present outside of the grand jury testimony area and is available to his clients before and after the process. He will advise you on specific answers for some obvious questions, as well as prepare you for even some of the unexpected nuances of government testimony.
If You Have Gotten a Target Letter:
A federal prosecutor at a United States Attorney’s office may send a letter informing someone that he or she is a “target” – or potential defendant – in a federal case. This could mean that the prosecutor or grand jury has substantial evidence against a person that can bring about a federal indictment.
A target letter is no guarantee that a person will be indicted. Call the Whalen Law Office right away if you have received a target letter and before responding to any federal correspondence. It may seem desirable to call the federal officials immediately to plead your case, but doing so may be extremely dangerous to any chances of relief. Contact a skilled white-collar defense team to protect your rights.
The years of experience Mr. Whalen has in federal courts prepares him to effectively represent you. He is aware of any loopholes that could potentially reduce his client’s status from a target to simply a witness, or to clear his client’s name altogether.
For Witness Representation:
Whalen Law Office is well-versed in witness representation before a grand jury. Our guidance at the onset of a subpoena or federal communication will help you determine what to take to the grand jury hearing, what not to respond to, and whether the subpoena is even justified. It is important that you not respond to anything that the government asks you without your attorney present or notified. There is no “off the record” with the federal government.
Why Hire a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney?
The government dedicates vast resources to prosecuting federal and white collar cases. Federal agents may try to convince you that they are on your side and have your best interests at hand. The prosecution’s only mission is to build a case against you. These cases often attract publicity and may be politically nuanced. For these reasons and more, you need a seasoned lawyer with the skills, professionalism and tenacity to guide you through these challenging times.
A federal defense attorney with years of experience, like Mr. Whalen, has a track record that reflects his capabilities. Our law firm will fight for your legal and constitutional rights, and inspect all proceedings for legality and to keep things fair. We win positive outcomes, including reduced sentences, and not-guilty verdicts for many clients.
Call Whalen Law Office today at 214-368-2560 to ensure that your rights are protected and that any possibility of total clearance in the case is preserved. We are here for you when you need it most.