If you (and/or your company) are being investigated by any state or federal civil regulatory agency or law enforcement agency, it is important that you hire a criminal defense attorney immediately. Whenever possible, an attorney should begin advising you and advocating for you before any charges are filed.
Even civil investigations can potentially expose a person or a company to criminal liability. The Government often engages in what are known as “parallel investigations.” This means that while a governmental agency such as the IRS, the SEC, or the FDA may be investigating you or your company for potential civil penalties, the investigation may already be, or may develop into, a criminal investigation.
We have the experience to ask the right questions and evaluate the case in order to make certain that your cooperation with the civil investigation does not expose you to criminal charges. By becoming involved early on, we have been able to help numerous clients avoid prosecution altogether. Even where it was not possible to avoid charges, we have been successful in reaching out to the investigator or the prosecutor in order to negotiate a bond and the client’s surrender to authorities. Early involvement in a case has often allowed us to negotiate plea deals that avoid a lengthy sentence or jail time altogether.
Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience representing clients who are under investigation by a wide array of federal and state agencies, including:
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Ohio EPA
- Ohio Department of Taxation
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Ohio Department of Commerce
- Department of Labor (DOL)
- Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)