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I am sorry to hear about the difficult situation you are in.
Let me start by telling you that the situation appears to be very, very serious,
for me or my friend?
First of all, a person should never make any statements to any law enforcement agents, especially to FBI, without an advice and presence of the local criminal defense attorney.
For both of you, but at this point lets concentrate on you.
The fact that you were questioned by the FBI indicates that you are a person of interest in a federal criminal investigation and unfortunately, anything that you told FBI will only be used against you or potentially also against your friend.
before I went for the interview I was told that I was not in trouble, they just need some information from me,
That is what law enforcement always tell every suspect and they are legally allowed to make such assurances.
The reason the FBI or police will tell you anything to extract incriminating statements from you and would make all kind of promises, is to get incriminating information.
You can never rely on anything law enforcement agents tell you.
Does this make sense?
should I let hem?my employer know I talk to t
what should be my next move now?
At this point, the only thing that you can do to protect yourself is to consult and retain an experienced local criminal defense attorney, who specializes in federal criminal defense and not to say anything else about the matter to anyone without your local attorneys permission and presence.
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yes, what about my employer should I let them know that I was interviewed by fbi
You do not want to discuss this case any further with ANYONE!, except with your local attorney.
Please understand, that you do have constitutional right not to incriminate yourself and to remain silent when it related to any potentially incriminating / criminal matters.
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to be very honest, I did not do anything wrong, and all the questions they asked me were rumors about other the friend that the other friend that is already found quilty is tying to safe himself, so he put me in the middle.
I understand. Unfortunately, there are many completely innocent people who end up in jails and prisons every year. I don't mean to scare you, but to stress out that it is very important to know your legal rights and never make any statements to law enforcement when it comes to criminal investigations, without legal counsel.
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okay thank you, XXXXX XXXXX end of the interview, the agent told if there is anything I want to change on the statement, i can called in a week time before he type it, he want taking notes then he said to if I see any wrong doing for me to call and tell him.
ten he asked me for my address and ssn
Please do not do anything else, until you have consulted with the local criminal defense attorney.
okay Thank you.
The FBI is using a very common tactic to obtain information from you, but as I said, anything that you tell them can be used against you as well.
why would they ask for my address and ssn when they can get?
To make sure that they have correct information for you and also to check if you would provide correct information .
Under the federal law, any lie to a federal agent is a federal felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000
I do not think I lied to them, when they aske all I told them I do not recall my friend asking me to do some thing for him/ or I said i do not know. is that lying?
stating that you don't know something, would only be a lie if you did in fact knew the answer and if they can prove that you intentionally stated that you did not know.
what about saying I did not recall
but it would be harder to prove that you actually could remember something and lied about it...
however, the FBI are master manipulators when it comes to this type of criminal investigations and are specifically trained to extract incriminating information from any person of interest and also are very good at twisting any statements to mean things that the person who gave statement never intended to mean...
okay I thank you very much, I will try to consult with a local criminal defense attorney. what should I tell him/her
This way this local attorney will have a full scope of your situation and will be able to help you as effectively as possible.