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Clark County, Nevada Federal Target Letters

You Just Got a Federal Target Letter in Clark County – Here’s What to Do

What Exactly Is a Federal Target Letter?

A target letter comes from federal prosecutors . It means:

  • You are the “target” of a criminal investigation
  • Prosecutors believe they have substantial evidence linking you to a federal crime
  • They are considering criminal charges and want to provide you an opportunity to respond

The letter will outline the key details:

  • The federal statutes you allegedly violated
  • Your constitutional rights (e.g. right to an attorney, right to remain silent)
  • Often, an invitation to testify before a grand jury

The First Critical Step – Hire a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

This is not the time for a general practice attorney or public defender . You need a private lawyer who specializes in federal criminal defense. At the Spodek Law Group, federal cases are our entire focus.

We have over 50 years of combined experience, including:

  • Former federal prosecutors and law clerks on our team
  • Extensive grand jury and trial experience
  • Handling the full range of federal crimes

Our founder, Todd Spodek, is a second-generation attorney with a national reputation for success. He’s been featured in the NY Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 and more. When your freedom and future hang in the balance – you want the Spodek Law Group at your legal defense.

The Power of a Proactive Defense

Many lawyers will simply tell you to wait and see what happens after receiving a target letter. At Spodek Law Group, we believe this passive approach is a critical mistake .The federal government has thrown down the gauntlet. If you sit idle, you allow them to shape the narrative and build momentum toward an indictment. Instead, we move decisively to control the situation immediately. Our proactive defense strategy includes:

Making Immediate Contact with the Prosecutor

We reach out to the Assistant U.S. Attorney handling your case . Our goals:

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  • Understand the full scope of the government’s evidence against you
  • Identify potential misunderstandings or alternative explanations
  • Assess whether you qualify for immunity, pretrial diversion or other programs
  • Argue against charges being filed in the first place

Conducting a Parallel Investigation

Our team thoroughly investigates the allegations on our own. We:

  • Gather all evidence that could support your defense
  • Interview potential witnesses
  • Analyze documents, data, and any other relevant materials
  • Develop a comprehensive case strategy to dismantle the prosecution’s theory

Using Strategic Communications

We control all communications with the government from this point forward . This prevents you from accidentally making a statement that could incriminate you. It also allows us to strategically leverage communications for your benefit – for example, by making proffers or pitches for pre-indictment resolution .

Preparing You Fully

If you are called to testify before a grand jury, you’ll be thoroughly prepped. We’ll ensure you understand the boundaries of what you can and cannot say. Our goal is to protect your rights while advancing your interests through truthful testimony.

Exploring All Options

Charges aren’t inevitable. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to get the investigation closed via:

  • Negotiating a non-prosecution agreement
  • Arguing for selective/discretionary prosecution
  • Demonstrating your conduct was technically lawful
  • Raising issues with the government’s evidence or procedures

If charges are brought, we’ll fight to get them reduced or dismissed. And if the case proceeds to trial, you can be confident we’ll mount an aggressive defense. The bottom line? We leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the best possible outcome.

Common Federal Crimes in Target Letters

While any federal offense could potentially trigger a target letter, some crimes tend to come up more frequently:

Crime Category Examples
Fraud Mail/Wire Fraud, Tax Fraud, Securities Fraud, Healthcare Fraud
Drugs Drug Trafficking, Continuing Criminal Enterprise
White Collar Bribery, Embezzlement, Money Laundering, FCPA Violations
Cyber Crimes Hacking, Identity Theft, Internet Fraud
Organized Crime RICO, Racketeering, Criminal Enterprises

The allegations may seem complex . But we have extensive experience across all areas of federal criminal law .Our deep familiarity with DOJ charging policies and procedures is a key advantage. We know how federal prosecutors build cases – and where the vulnerabilities lie .

Anatomy of a Target Letter

While target letters vary, they typically contain certain core elements:

Introductory Statement: Clearly identifying you as the “target” of the investigation.

Details of the Investigation: Outlining the suspected criminal conduct and relevant federal statutes.

Constitutional Warnings: Notification of rights like the right to remain silent and obtain counsel.

Opportunity to Respond: Often an invitation to have your attorney contact the prosecutor, testify before the grand jury, or provide a statement/proffer.

Evidence Admonition: Warning against destroying potential evidence, which could lead to obstruction charges.Our attorneys will carefully analyze every word of the letter . The phrasing and language provide clues about:

  • The prosecution’s theory of the case
  • What evidence they believe they have
  • Their perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of their case

This informs our strategy for responding most effectively .

The Importance of Controlling the Narrative

In the court of public opinion, federal prosecutors want to paint you as a criminal from the start . Their target letter is Step 1 in this narrative. We counter this by seizing control of the narrative ourselves. Our aggressive defense posture demonstrates your innocence is being vigorously defended. This has a powerful impact – both legally and psychologically. It forces the government to wrestle with your constitutional rights. And it signals you will not go down without an all-out fight. Ultimately, controlling the narrative keeps all options on the table. It prevents the government from locking you into a predetermined storyline of guilt.

When to Testify Before the Grand Jury (and When to Decline)

Target letters often “invite” you to testify before the grand jury investigating your case . This raises a complex strategic decision: On one hand, grand jury testimony is a chance to publicly proclaim your innocence and sway grand jurors toward a “no bill” (no indictment). On the other hand, the rules heavily favor the prosecution. You could be forced to make statements that end up incriminating you at trial. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. We analyze factors like:

  • The strength of the government’s case against you
  • Whether your testimony could allow you to disqualify evidence
  • The likelihood of being charged regardless of your testimony
  • Your ability to effectively testify without risking self-incrimination

If testifying is the right move, we’ll thoroughly prepare you . If not, we’ll reject the invitation and continue pursuing other defensive avenues.

When Parallel Proceedings Occur

Federal investigations frequently overlap with:

  • State criminal investigations
  • Civil/regulatory proceedings
  • Lawsuits from private parties

These parallel proceedings exponentially increase the complexity. Statements made in one case can impact your liability in others .Our attorneys are skilled at navigating this minefield. We’ll craft a cohesive legal strategy that protects your rights and interests across all forums .We’re also adept at leveraging proceedings against each other. For example, we may be able to get certain evidence or testimony excluded from your criminal case based on rulings in a civil proceeding .

How Long Does This Process Take?

From the moment that target letter arrives, the clock is ticking. But there’s no one-size-fits-all timeline for federal investigations .Some cases move rapidly – charges could come in weeks. Others unfold gradually over many months or years. We know how to exert tactical pressure to keep that clock from running out prematurely. And we’ll provide constant updates, so you’re never left wondering about the status .

What If I’m Ultimately Indicted?

Even after investing maximum effort, indictments can’t always be avoided . If charges are filed, we’ll immediately launch our trial preparation:

  • Reviewing discovery materials
  • Researching precedents and case law
  • Deposing witnesses
  • Identifying and preparing experts
  • Crafting a comprehensive defense strategy
  • Attacking every aspect of the government’s case

Why Clients Trust the Spodek Law Group

When it comes to federal charges, there’s no room for second-bests. You need attorneys with the experience, resources and drive to take on the federal government itself .At the Spodek Law Group, that’s exactly what you’ll get:

  • Over 50 years of combined federal criminal defense experience
  • Attorneys who previously worked as federal prosecutors
  • A track record of hard-won dismissals, acquittals and reduced sentences
  • A passion for defending clients’ rights and reputations at all costs
  • Availability 24/7 to rapidly respond to any developments in your case
  • Selective caseloads to provide truly personalized attention
  • Flexible fees to ensure money isn’t a barrier to elite representation

When the federal government comes calling, you need to be prepared to fight back with overwhelming firepower . That’s what we provide .

Take the First Step – A Free, Confidential Consultation

If you received a federal target letter in Clark County, time is of the essence. Every day that passes could weaken your defense posture .Take the first step to protect yourself – schedule a free, fully confidential consultation with the Spodek Law Group. We’ll review your situation and lay out a comprehensive strategy for responding. This isn’t a theoretical exercise. This is about safeguarding your life, liberty and future .When so much is at stake, it’s crucial to make the right moves from Day 1. With our proven federal defense team on your side, you can feel confident you’re doing exactly that .The federal government has put you in their crosshairs. Now it’s time to fight back with the elite legal representation you deserve .

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a federal target letter?

A federal target letter is an official notification from federal prosecutors that you are the target of a criminal investigation. It means the government believes it has substantial evidence linking you to the commission of a federal crime .

Does getting a target letter mean I’ll be indicted?

No, receiving a target letter does not guarantee you will be indicted. It simply means charges are being seriously considered . With an aggressive and proactive defense, it may be possible to avoid indictment entirely .

Should I testify before the grand jury if asked?

Whether to testify before the grand jury is a complex strategic decision that depends on factors like the strength of the government’s case and the likelihood of being charged regardless. An experienced federal defense lawyer can advise you on the best approach .

How long does a federal investigation take after a target letter?

There is no set timeline. Some investigations move rapidly toward indictment in weeks, while others may drag on for months or years. We’ll work to carefully manage the timeline and apply strategic pressure when needed .

What if I’m ultimately indicted despite my lawyer’s efforts?

If charges cannot be avoided, we’ll immediately initiate an aggressive trial preparation plan. We have extensive experience winning federal acquittals at trial for charges like fraud, racketeering, and more. The fight is never over until you’re exonerated .

Why should I hire the Spodek Law Group?

We are a premier federal criminal defense firm with over 50 years of combined experience. Our attorneys include former federal prosecutors and we have an outstanding track record of dismissals, acquittals and favorable resolutions for clients nationwide . When your liberty is at stake, you need to bring the biggest ammunition.

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