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Three Things NOT to Do if an FBI Agent Knocks on Your Door

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What would you do if a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent knocked at your door? You might think you could convince the agent that everything was just one big misunderstanding and he would go away.

But you would be wrong.

Instead, you may end up doing more harm than good by taking this approach.

Don’t Do These Three Things

When the FBI agent shows up at your home, you should not do any of the following:

  • Try to defend yourself. This is not the time to defend yourself. It is not up to the FBI agent to decide your guilt or innocence and it is extremely unlikely that anything you say in your own defense will change the course of the agent’s actions.
  • Threaten the agent or yell. This may only result in more trouble for you and possibly more charges against you. You may be understandably scared or angry about the visit, but it is important to keep your emotions in check and to be polite.
  • Allow the agent in without a warrant. You only have to let the FBI agent into your home if the agent has a properly-executed search warrant or arrest warrant. If the agent cannot produce such a warrant then you may refuse to let the agent enter—though you should expect that the agent will return with a proper warrant later.

Remember, what you say and what you do can be held against you later.

There Will Be a Time to Defend Yourself

The time to defend yourself is not when the FBI agent is at your door. Instead, that time is with an experienced attorney by your side who can help you defend yourself effectively. For more tips about what to do if the FBI or other law enforcement officials come to your home please read our related links. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook for more important tips.

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