When Federal Agents Want to Ask You Questions
White collar criminal defense attorneys Solomon L. Wisenberg and Adrienne Urrutia Wisenberg defend clients who have been charged with making false statements to the federal government under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001 and other provisions. They also take steps in order to protect clients from ever facing these charges.
Most people do not realize that intentionally making a false statement to a federal government official is a crime. This is true even when:
- You are not in a courtroom.
- You are not under oath.
- The conversation is not recorded or manually transcribed.
- The alleged false statement is not directly made to the government official.
- You are not trying to cheat the government out of money.
Don't Let it Happen in the First Place
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If you have already been charged with making a false written or oral statement, we will explore whether prosecutors can prove that you intended to deceive the government and that your statement was material to the matter at hand--both of which essential elements of a Section 1001 offense. We will also examine the seriousness of the allegedly false statement in order to help determine whether a misdemeanor charge would be more appropriate. In several situations we have been able to convince federal prosecutors that our clients who were first-time offenders, and whose false statements were not serious in nature, were deserving of misdemeanor charges.
- A California businessman was indicted on two federal felony counts charging Aggravated Identity Theft and False Statements to SEC Officials. Mr. and Mrs. Wisenberg were hired after the Indictment was returned. They negotiated a misdemeanor plea agreement and both felony counts were dismissed. The client was sentenced to three years probation.
- A senior bank official in Connecticut was named as a felony target in a federal bank fraud investigation. Mr. Wisenberg negotiated a misdemeanor plea and the client was sentenced to three years probation.
- The former employee of a federal contractor was named a felony target in a federal fraud investigation in Connecticut. Mr. Wisenberg negotiated a misdemeanor plea. The client was sentenced to three years probation.
To arrange a consultation about your legal matter, please contact white collar criminal defense attorneys Solomon L. Wisenberg and Adrienne Urrutia Wisenberg. From offices in Washington D.C. they represent clients throughout the U.S.
To learn more, please review Mr. Wisenberg's article: "How to Avoid Going to Jail under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 for Lying to Government Agents"