If you are the subject of a criminal investigation, you may assume the local police are running the show. However, if you are suspected of committing a federal crime, you can be sure a federal law enforcement agency is taking a close look at you and your whereabouts. Depending on the exact charges against you, you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence and costly fines. By contacting an attorney as soon as possible, you can ensure your rights are fully protected.
Following are a few types of federal law enforcement agencies that may be investigating you:
Drug Enforcement Agency — Established in 1973, the Drug Enforcement Agency or DEA focuses on apprehending individuals who traffic in illegal drugs. For example, the DEA would be involved in your case if you are suspected of smuggling cocaine, methamphetamine or any other controlled substance.
Federal Bureau of Investigation — The Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI investigates many serious crimes including but not limited to organized crime, white collar crime, public corruption, terrorism, cyber-crimes and civil rights crimes.
Internal Revenue Service — If you are suspected of tax fraud or committing a criminal violation of the United States Internal Revenue Code, you will be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service or IRS. In the event that you are charged with intentional tax evasion, you could be sentenced to prison.
Conviction of a federal offense is as serious as it gets. Without professional and trusted defense counsel, your life as you know it could be over.