Colorado False Statements Attorney
Did you know that giving false information or a false statement to a federal law enforcement agent is a felony? Most people may realize that you cannot lie in court, but are unaware that providing false information to a federal agent, even though they are not being arrested, could potentially land them in prison. According to 18 U.S.C. § 1001, it is a felony to knowingly and wilfully give the following types of false information to any person or party within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States:
- False, concealed, or covered up material fact;
- Material false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations; and
- To knowingly and willfully use any false information, writing, or documentation.
The penalties for providing false information to a federal law enforcement agent includes a period of incarceration of up to five years in prison. If the offense involves any type of international or domestic terrorism, the term of imprisonment can reach up to eight years. We strongly suggest that you provide truthful information to any federal law enforcement agency, or that you remain silent. You have the right to remain silent even if you have not been read the Miranda Warning. Contact our experienced Colorado false statement attorney today.
What is the Miranda Warning?
If you have been arrested, in order for any law enforcement agent to begin questioning you in regard to a particular crime, you must have been read your Miranda Rights or the Miranda Warning. Your Miranda Rights provide you with the option of remaining silent. You do not have to answer or respond to any line of questioning, which is always the best option even if you had nothing to do with the offense. Any information that you provide after being arrested, and before your Miranda Rights have been read, cannot be legally used in court against you.
I am Afraid of Incriminating Myself. What do I Say?
According to the Office of the United States Attorneys, “It is the Department’s policy not to charge a § 1001 violation in situations in which a suspect, during an investigation, merely denies guilt in response to questioning by the government.” What this means is that you will not likely be charged with providing false information for denying your guilt in the offense in question. If you are being investigated, however, it is in your best interest to call an attorney at once. You may be in jeopardy even if you had nothing to do with any crime and have only provided truthful information.
Contact a Colorado False Statements Attorney at Once
If you are under federal investigation, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Colorado federal crimes attorney. Few law offices are prepared to represent clients in federal court, which is why we encourage you to contact an attorney with extensive experience in federal crimes at once. Reach out to the Colorado law offices of federal crimes defense attorney Jeffrey S. Weiner immediately.