Panic can ensue the moment people realize your business is under investigation for federal charges. It’s natural to want to take steps to protect yourself and the business, as the consequences of a conviction could be devastating.
Yet, you must remember that acting in ways the law considers inappropriate could make your situation even worse. While you might think they will find out, the fact that you are in this situation in the first place indicates that you cannot underestimate the federal authorities’ ability to discover things.
1. Do not destroy or doctor evidence
Maybe you are worried that certain files or paperwork could work against you in the investigation. Unfortunately, at this point, there is nothing you can do about that. You just need to keep them and hand them over if asked. Altering entries or deleting evidence could see you facing additional charges.
2. Do not try to evade arrest
If you reach a point where you expect to be arrested, then it’s best to prepare quietly. Make sure your family and business can continue without you if you end up spending a night or more in jail. Jumping on a plane and fleeing the country or trying to run or fight when they come to arrest you will only worsen your situation and could lead to additional charges which may still stand even if the initial charges amount to nothing.
3. Do not lie
You have the right to say nothing when questioned, so, if there are answers you’d rather not give, use that right. Whether to save yourself or someone else, do not be tempted to lie because lying to investigators is, in itself, a distinct crime.
Knowing that your business is under investigation for federal crimes will be stressful, and that can cause people to make poor decisions. Getting legal advice straight away can help you avoid doing anything that worsens your situation.