Grand Jury Investigations

Many people enter the criminal justice arena without being charged with any crime.  One way this can happen is the result of Grand Jury investigations.  Assistant United States Attorneys investigate potential federal crimes and often attempt to have an Indictment returned against various individuals by presenting evidence to the Grand Jury.  During this investigation, the Assistants will frequently reach out to individuals by way of letters, advising them that they are the subjects of the investigation.  We refer to these letters as “Target Letters,” and the individuals who receive these letters are referred to as “Grand Jury Targets.”  The Grand Jury Target might receive the Target Letter by mail or in the hands of a federal agent who personally delivers the letter to Target. Many of our clients are initially brought into the federal criminal arena by way of Target Letters.  Sometimes, federal agents will approach individuals to speak to them without a Target letter.  Many federal agents, including the FBI, IRS, AFT, and DEA, may do this.   No matter the circumstances, when a federal agent approaches you, or you receive a Target Letter (or any letter from law enforcement or a prosecutor),  you should immediately contact a federal criminal defense attorney and not make any statements to the agent.  Anything you state to a federal agent or the Assistant United States Attorney can be used against you; once a statement is uttered, it cannot be taken back.  Even if you are sure you did nothing wrong, it is best not to make statements without appropriate representation.  If you or a loved one are approached by a federal agent or receive a target letter, call the attorneys at LGR Law LLC, who will fight for your rights and protect your freedom.

Our firm is always ready and willing to defend our clients in any case and jurisdiction. Many of our clients contact an attorney because they are advised (or find out) that there is an ongoing investigation into potential federal criminal law violations revolving around them or their companies. While most criminal charges begin with an arrest, many people are brought into the criminal process when they are approached by federal law enforcement officers or threatened with criminal charges by a letter sent to them from the United States Attorney’s Office. These individuals are considered federal grand jury targets – they are the “target” or “subject” of a federal criminal investigation.   Some people are also advised to be considered a “witness” of an investigation rather than the subject or target.  In either situation, it is essential to have a federal criminal defense attorney who can lead you through the frightening and complex area of grand jury investigations.

Experience shows that having an attorney get involved in the process as early as possible can frequently be beneficial. The attorney should be licensed to practice in the federal jurisdiction where the charges are being investigated and be familiar with the court system and the Assistant United States Attorneys and federal agents in that location.  Suffice it to say, this cannot be overstated; no one should speak to the Government or any federal agent without an attorney.  Many people believe that since they have nothing to hide, they should be able to speak freely to the Government.  However, that action has frequently turned out to have a detrimental effect.

We will do anything to guide you through the legal process and win your case. LGR Law has over twenty years of experience in defense laws. Let an experienced criminal defense attorney defend your rights in federal court. Ms. Gauli-Rufo provides quality representation based on each of her client’s individual needs and circumstances.  No two cases are the same, and the representation of each client should be tailored to the facts and circumstances of their particular case. Lorraine Gauli-Rufo has invaluable experience not only with white-collar crimes but as a gun and drug crime lawyer in New Jersey and NYC, as well as other surrounding cities.  She has vast experience, having successfully tried cases involving money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, firearms, immigration, child pornography, computer, internet, environmental matters, and many other federal offenses. LGR Law, LLC is the person you should seek to defend you in any federal criminal matter.

 

To discuss the federal criminal defense update or criminal law more generally, reach out to New Jersey and New York criminal defense lawyer Lorraine Gauli-Rufo at 973-239-4300 or LGR LAW for a consultation today. For more information about the firm, please visit LGR LAW’s website.

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