A criminal investigation targeting you can be frightening — but it also means there is time for you to act in your own defense. Do not — repeat, do not — just "wait and see what happens" if you have heard rumors or have received a letter notifying you of a criminal investigation into allegations that you may be charged with a crime such as:
- A drug crime or sex crime
- Arson or murder
- An internet crime, such as child pornography possession or distribution
- Solicitation of a minor or human trafficking
- A white collar crime, such as fraud, embezzlement or ID theft
- Any state or federal crime
- Any offense that you have been accused of as a college student or professional
If A Government Agency Is Investigating You Or A Family Member
Fear, shock and a desire to hide potential evidence are natural reactions to the news that you are under investigation. Beware: "Sweeping evidence under the rug" is rarely successful. Talk to a criminal defense lawyer before you unwittingly worsen prospects of a good outcome of the investigation against you.
Do not talk to the police! You have a constitutional right to remain silent! Use it! You may believe you can talk your way out of it by giving investigators an alibi or attempting to explain a misunderstanding. Talking to investigators on your own before consulting with legal counsel is actually one of the worst things you can do for your future.
Detectives and other investigators, whether they are local police, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) agents, FBI agents or private investigators, are highly skilled at uncovering incriminating evidence against people accused of criminal offenses. They may seem friendly when they ask you questions but you do not have to talk without consulting a lawyer. It is usually to your detriment to go this route.
A Critical And Valuable Piece Of Advice: Do Not Face The Feds Alone!
Coyle Law Firm is highly experienced in defending federal cases. If you come under federal investigation, you may be notified that you are under investigation through a target letter. Upon receipt of that target letter, you must act quickly to develop a defense strategy and ensure that your rights are defended.
At the conclusion of the investigation, an indictment is possible. Throughout the process, you must have an attorney. Don't face the feds alone!
Grand Jury Investigations
A grand jury investigation occurs when an individual or entity is presented in front of a grand jury for an indictment. Federal law requires grand juries to be comprised of 16 to 23 members with at least 12 members concurring for an indictment. A grand jury allows for a formal charge of the accused. Grand juries do not determine guilt or innocence — only the likelihood of the accused having committed the crime.
Grand juries in the state of Oklahoma must be comprised of 12 with at least nine members in agreement for an indictment.
For your future's sake, you should have a skilled advocate advising you throughout the grand jury investigation process. Coyle Law Firm in Oklahoma City can keep you informed and take steps to protect your rights every step of the way.
Let Us Defend You Through A Criminal Investigation
Coyle Law Firm has been defending Oklahomans since 1988. Schedule a consultation with an attorney at our law offices by calling 405-546-1268 or inquiring by email. We welcome communications from people throughout Oklahoma County and statewide.