Orlando Federal Criminal Investigation Lawyer
When most people think about hiring a criminal defense attorney, they only consider doing so after there has been an arrest. However, hiring a defense attorney during the investigation process, especially during a federal criminal investigation, can protect your interests while the investigation is ongoing. The Orlando federal criminal investigations lawyers at the O’Mara Law Group have over three decades of combined experience protecting their clients during federal criminal investigations and utilize a team approach to ensure that the federal authorities do not overstep their bounds throughout the process.
What is a Federal Investigation?
A federal investigation is the first step in the federal criminal justice process. At this point, authorities are only looking into potential violations of federal law to determine whether a crime has been committed, the parties responsible, and any evidence of the potential federal crimes. Law enforcement agents like the FBI and federal prosecutors are the main agents in a federal investigation who collect evidence and take witness statements as well as drafting subpoenas and submitting evidence for search warrants. The prosecutor is who will eventually determine whether or not to bring federal criminal charges once the investigation is complete.
What Happens During a Federal Criminal Investigation?
A federal criminal investigation can take years, and authorities have a wide variety of tools to use during an investigation. These include wiretaps, physical surveillance, monitoring online activity, reviewing financial documents, executing search warrants, and conducting witness interviews. You, your family, friends, and colleagues may all be contacted or investigated as part of the overall operation. Federal investigators will use every tactic they have to gain the advantage and obtain evidence, including showing up early in the morning or late at night, lying about the true purpose of their visit, or use other methods of deception to get the information they need. Because of the advantages of resources, time, and training, it is important that the subject of a federal criminal investigation seek legal advice from an attorney with experience handling the federal investigation process.
How Can an Attorney Help?
If you even suspect that you might be the target of a federal criminal investigation, it is critical that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. An attorney can help answer important questions about the federal investigation and protect your best interests throughout the process. Your lawyer can be present during all interviews and can prevent you from making any statements against your interests. A lawyer can also ensure that all search warrants are proper and that materials are not illegally obtained. Your lawyer can also speak with the federal prosecutor and can expedite the process so that your life can get back to normal. An attorney will be able to walk you through every step of the process and let you know what to expect at every point of a federal investigation.
Our Office Can Help
The O’Mara Law Group prides itself on its zealous advocacy and representation of our clients throughout the federal criminal investigation process. If you know or suspect that you are the target of a federal investigation, call or contact our office today.