24/7 call for a free consultation 212-300-5196

AS SEEN ON

EXPERIENCEDTop Rated

YOU MAY HAVE SEEN TODD SPODEK ON THE NETFLIX SHOW
INVENTING ANNA

When you’re facing a federal issue, you need an attorney whose going to be available 24/7 to help you get the results and outcome you need. The value of working with the Spodek Law Group is that we treat each and every client like a member of our family.

Responding to Target Letters From the FBI Public Corruption Unit

Responding to Target Letters From the FBI Public Corruption Unit

Receiving a target letter from the FBI can be an intimidating and stressful experience. However, it’s important to remember that a target letter does not necessarily mean you will be criminally charged. The letter is simply informing you that you are a subject or target of an investigation. There are steps you can take to respond appropriately and protect your rights.

What Exactly is a Target Letter?

A target letter is a notification sent by the government during an investigation informing an individual or company that they are under investigation and could potentially face criminal charges. Target letters are most commonly sent by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, but other agencies like the SEC or IRS may also issue them.The letter normally informs the recipient they have been designated as a “target” or “subject” of an investigation. A target is someone who the government believes has committed a crime and has substantial evidence against. A subject is someone who may have information or evidence relevant to the investigation, but their role is not yet clear<a href=”https://www.burnhamgorokhov.com/criminal-defense-resources/federal-criminal-process/target-letters-from-federal-law-enforcement”>3</a>.The purpose of a target letter is to prompt the recipient to cooperate with the investigation, either by providing information or testifying. However, the letter does not obligate cooperation. You always have the right to assert your Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

Types of Investigations

Target letters can originate from many different agencies and relate to diverse types of investigations<a href=”https://www.fbi.gov/investigate”>4</a>, such as:

  • Healthcare fraud
  • Federal drug crimes
  • Bribery
  • Public corruption
  • Tax evasion
  • Money laundering
  • Securities fraud

Two of the most common sources of target letters relating to public corruption are the FBI and IRS. The FBI often investigates bribery, kickbacks, and other abuses of public office. The IRS frequently examines tax evasion and money laundering connected to corruption.

Try Not to Panic

It’s understandable to feel anxious, angry, or confused after getting a target letter. However, it’s important not to panic or overreact. A target letter does not mean you will definitely face criminal prosecution. Oftentimes, further investigation does not produce sufficient evidence for charges.The letter is simply alerting you that you are on the government’s radar. While this is serious, succumbing to emotions will not help your situation. Take a few days to process the letter and collect your thoughts before determining how to respond.

Do Not Destroy Evidence

You must avoid any attempt to destroy or conceal any information relevant to the investigation. This includes destroying or deleting emails, documents, texts, computer files, or any other evidence. Obstruction of justice charges can be brought even if you are never convicted of the underlying crime being investigated.Preserving documents does not necessarily mean the government will see them. But destroying evidence almost guarantees obstruction charges. Be sure to consult your attorney about properly preserving pertinent information.

Consult an Attorney

Upon receiving a target letter, your first call should be to an experienced white collar defense attorney, not to the agent listed on the letter. An skilled lawyer knows how to navigate these investigations and negotiate with the government on your behalf.Cooperation and settlements are often achieved through attorneys negotiating with prosecutors. An attorney can advise you on whether to cooperate, assert your rights, or pursue a defense strategy. They will also ensure your legal rights are protected throughout the investigative process.

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
2024-03-21
Just had my Divorce case settled 2 months ago after having a horrible experience with another firm. I couldn’t be happier with Claire Banks and Elizabeth Garvey with their outstanding professionalism in doing so with Spodek Law Group. Any time I needed questions answered they were always prompt in doing so with all my uncertainties after 30 yrs of marriage.I feel from the bottom of my heart you will NOT be disappointed with either one. Thanks a million.
Brendan huisman
Brendan huisman
2024-03-18
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
Guerline Menard
Guerline Menard
2024-03-18
Thanks again Spodek law firm, particularly Esq Claire Banks who stood right there with us up to the finish line. Attached photos taken right outside of the court building and the smile on our faces represented victory, a breath of fresh air and satisfaction. We are very happy that this is over and we can move on with our lives. Thanks Spodek law 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️
Keisha Parris
Keisha Parris
2024-03-15
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko Beauty
Taïko Beauty
2024-03-15
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence. Thank you team!
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
2024-03-12
Hey, how you guys doing? Good afternoon my name is Anthony Williams I just want to give a great shout out to the team of. Spodek law group. It is such a honor to use them and to use their assistance through this whole case from start to finish. They did everything that they said they was gonna do and if it ever comes down to it, if I ever have to use them again, hands-down they will be the first law office at the top of my list, thank you guys so much. It was a pleasure having you guys by my side so if you guys ever need them, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give them a call.
Loveth Okpedo
Loveth Okpedo
2024-03-12
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
2024-02-28
Amazing experience with Spodek! Very professional lawyers who take your case seriously. They treated me with respect, were always available, and answered any and all questions. They were able to help me very successfully and removed a huge stress. Highly recommend.
divesh patel
divesh patel
2024-02-24
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.

Do Not Speak to Investigators Without an Attorney

You have the constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment to remain silent when questioned by government investigators. Without an attorney present, you may inadvertently make statements that are damaging or falsely incriminating. Politely decline requests for interviews or information until you have legal counsel.In very limited circumstances, it may be in your best interest to cooperate with authorities. If so, your lawyer can arrange for you to do so. But you should never speak to investigators without your attorney present. Information given can only hurt you.

Potential Defenses to Consider

For any charges brought, your attorney will analyze the evidence and determine if you have viable defenses. Common defenses in public corruption cases include:

  • You lacked criminal intent – the prosecution cannot prove you knowingly and willfully violated the law.
  • Entrapment – the government induced you to commit a crime you otherwise would not have.
  • Duress – you were coerced into the crime by threats of harm.

Your lawyer may also challenge the admissibility of evidence, credibility of witnesses, or sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence. It’s critical to have an experienced attorney assessing possible defenses.

Responding to a Grand Jury Subpoena

If your case goes to a grand jury, you may receive a subpoena to testify or turn over documents. Your attorney can file a motion to quash or limit the subpoena if it is overly broad or seeks privileged information.There are several grounds on which your attorney may argue against complying with the subpoena:

  • The subpoena requests unreasonable items or imposes an undue burden.
  • The subpoena requires disclosing privileged or protected information.
  • The subpoena fails to allow enough time to gather the requested records.
  • You lack material information relevant to the investigation.

If the motion to quash is denied, you may have to appear before the grand jury. But you can still assert your Fifth Amendment right and refuse to answer any question that may incriminate you. Your attorney can assist you in navigating this process.

Potential Resolution of the Investigation

There are several ways the investigation may ultimately be resolved:

  • The prosecutor declines to pursue charges due to lack of evidence.
  • You enter into a plea agreement resolving potential charges.
  • You go to trial and are either convicted or acquitted.
Schedule Your Consultation Now