Making False Statements Often More Serious Than The Underlying Charge
Talking to a federal law enforcement officer can be hazardous to your freedom. Many people go to prison not for the offense they were initially accused of, but for making false statements to investigators.
Take the case of Martha Stewart. Ms. Stewart went to prison not for insider trading but for lying to a federal law enforcement officer. Had she asserted her right to remain silent, the federal government may not have enough evidence to convict her of anything.
You have the right to remain silent and seek legal counsel if you are an accused of a crime. Your best chance of protecting your freedom and your reputation is to say nothing until you speak to a lawyer.
With more than 40 years of criminal defense experience, Minneapolis defense attorney Joe Friedberg can help you navigate the criminal justice system while protecting your right against self-incrimination. He defends people accused of white collar and federal crimes throughout Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota or South Dakota
Say Nothing — And Contact A Lawyer
Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code makes it illegal to:
- Make false statements to federal law enforcement officers
- To conceal an illegal activity when questioned by law enforcement
- To present documents containing falsehoods to federal officers
For federal prosecutors, charging you with a crime for making false statements is often the easiest way to obtain a conviction. It’s far more difficult to prove you knowingly committed a crime.