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How to Find Out If You Are Under Federal Investigation

Posted by John Rogers | Mar 05, 2021

Having the feeling that you are under federal investigation is extremely unnerving. Unfortunately, you have no right to know the contents of an investigation nor review evidence unless you have been indicted or otherwise charged.

Federal investigators will never reveal whether a suspect or target is under investigation. Alerting someone could compromise their ability to collect evidence. In other words, if a suspect were to know they're under investigation, the suspect could obstruct justice by deleting, destroying, or tampering with pertinent evidence.

Investigative agencies like the FBI, ATF, SEC, or DEA will usually surprise a suspect. Namely, agents will unexpectedly appear in the early morning to execute a search warrant at your home. Not only is this embarrassing, but it could be a traumatic experience for your children and family members.

With this in mind, is there a way to find out if you are part of an ongoing federal investigation? Unfortunately, there is no way to find out, but there are situations that may hint that an investigation is currently ongoing. The following situations hint that you may be part of an ongoing criminal probe:

  • The sudden cancellation of bank accounts, credit cards, stock accounts, and your bank(s) or stockbrokers are unable to release the reason(s) why;
  • Federal agents unexpectedly appear at your home or work to question you;
  • You receive a letter from your bank informing you that it's opening an investigation after observing suspicious activity. Sometimes these notices are from Financial Crimes Network (FinCEN);
  • Receiving an e-mail from a social media company alerting you that your account information and activity was legally released to a third party;
  • You receive a grand jury subpoena to produce documents or testify.

If you believe you are under federal investigation, then it is imperative that you enlist the help of an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. Contact us today to schedule a free confidential consultation. Early intervention may help avoid a potential prison sentence and get the investigation rejected entirely from prosecution.

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