If you are here because an FBI agent has contacted you or a loved one, we want to help provide some guidance about what you can do next. If your first instinct is to contact an attorney, follow that instinct. At Okabe & Haushalter, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience helping clients who have been contacted by federal agents, and we want to make sure you are protected. Here, we want to give you some quick tips about what to do if you have been contacted by the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has long defended the rights of those detained by law enforcement officials. The following is guidance about what to do if the FBI or police contact you for questioning, and we concur:
If you think you have done nothing wrong or that you have nothing to hide, it may be tempting to speak to an FBI agent without an attorney. In fact, that is a standard line that a federal agent may use to try to get you to talk. They may say something along the lines of, “If you have nothing to hide, then you shouldn’t have a problem talking to us.” However, please understand that FBI agents are trained investigators, and anything you say to them could be used against you later on.
If you or a loved one have been contacted by the FBI, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Okabe & Haushalter, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients deal with federal agencies concerning criminal investigations. We know that this can be a scary situation, but we are ready to stand by your side and advocate on your behalf. When you need a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to help you communicate with the FBI, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case today by clicking here or calling 310-430-7799.