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Have You Received A Target Letter From A Federal Agency? Get Answers Now.

At Brunvand Wise, P.A., our lawyers offer answers to critical questions about target letters and your defense at the investigation stage of a federal criminal case. See the questions and answers below and then contact us for representation in federal court.

What does it mean if I get a letter saying I’m the target of an investigation?

If the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or another federal agency has sent you a target letter, it likely means that a federal prosecutor allegedly has evidence linking you to one or more crimes, such as fraud, embezzlement or money laundering.

What should I do after receiving a target letter?

This is not the time to try to be your own lawyer. Seek legal advice. A knowledgeable defense attorney can help you plan a timely, effective defense strategy.

How long do I have to respond to a target letter?

To protect your freedom, we urge you to take this question to an attorney who can act on your behalf right away. Your lawyer can gather the information you need to know before your case goes before a grand jury or to trial.

What can my lawyer do now?

Your defense attorney can contact the assistant U.S. attorney general who is overseeing the investigation by the FBI, the SEC or any involved agency to learn about alleged evidence against you. Then, your lawyer can explain your options, such as proposing a proffer meeting with the prosecutor to:

  • Present additional evidence
  • Explain motives
  • Highlight mitigating factors

Your attorney can make sure that you understand the risks and potential benefits of such a meeting.

What will happen if I do not respond to the target letter?

This is probably the worst choice to make. If you do nothing, the prosecutor is likely to seek indictments against you by a grand jury on all possible federal charges.

Does a target letter mean I’m going to jail?

No, but your freedom is at risk if the investigation leads to an indictment and an indictment leads to a conviction. With strong defense strategies on your side early in the process, the prosecutor may decide to:

  • Stop the investigation
  • Target someone else
  • Refrain from seeking an indictment against you
  • Offer you a plea bargain instead of sending your case before a grand jury

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Our decades of experience and strong track record are reasons to consult with Brunvand Wise, P.A., as soon as possible. Schedule an initial consultation by calling 813-521-8069 or complete our online inquiry form.