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What Is a Notice of Investigation (and What Should I Do After I Get One)?

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You were flipping through yesterday’s mail when your mood quickly turned to panic. You got a letter from a federal agency requesting copies of your personal and professional documents and telling you that you might receive a visit from several agents. Should you just give the agency what they want and hope for the best?

Your Target Letter Should Contain More Than Just a Notice of Investigation

There are many different factors that can lead to your receiving a target letter in the mail. Federal regulations send notices of investigation to those accused of negligence, gross misconduct, insider trading, fraud, and other serious criminal allegations.

Target letters are used to notify a person that he or she is under investigation, but will likely also contain other requests and information, such as:

  • The incident under investigation. The notice should state specifically which actions are under investigation, including names, dates, and the charge for the alleged crime.
  • Information requests. The letter will likely outline which information it wishes you to include in your response, as well as a date by which you must respond.
  • Future actions. The letter should advise you of future deadlines (such as where and when you may be asked to appear in court) and what is expected of you throughout the process, as well as contact information for the agent or office.
  • Notice of rights. A target letter should advise anyone under investigation of his or her rights, including the right to legal counsel and the right not to testify.

No matter how cordial an agent or investigator may seem, he or she is only interested in gathering incriminating evidence that can be used against you. If any federal or state investigators have contacted you, it is important that you do not release any statements or documents until you have spoken with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call Mordock Law Group today at (888) 254-0064 for confidential legal advice on your case.

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