Target letters from federal law enforcement officials are extremely serious and must be acted upon immediately. If you receive a target letter, you need an attorney immediately. It is important that you contact an experienced Federal Criminal Defense Attorney immediately who will be able to review the letter with you and set out a plan to protect your rights and your future.
What Is a Target Letter?
A target letter is a letter sent out by the U.S. Attorney’s Office telling the recipient that they are the subject or “target” of a federal criminal investigation and possible prosecution. For a person to be a target, either the prosecutor must believe they have substantial evidence to link that person to a federal criminal act or a grand jury must have concluded that such evidence exists.
What Should I Do?
If you have received a target letter from federal prosecutors, you need to speak with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense Attorney. Your lawyer will be able to make contact with the U. S. Attorney’s Office on your behalf and will be your mouthpiece. Under no circumstance should you ever speak with any federal law enforcement official without your lawyer being present. Anything and everything that you say to the agents will be used against you in court. The agents are not there to help you but rather to build a case against you. If you were to lie or inadvertently not tell the truth to the agents, you could be prosecuted for Obstruction of Justice. It is always best to exercise your 5th Amendment rights and remain silent.
For more information on Federal Target Letters or if you have received a target letter call Fort Lauderdale Federal Criminal Defense Attorney David J. Sobel directly at 954-383-3000.