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What does it mean when the U.S. attorney wants to handle a

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What does it mean when the U.S. attorney wants to handle a case and make plea offers pre indcitment and should i accept the 1st offer when there are no indcitments as of yet? they are trying to charge me with conspiracy and tax fraud because my spouse filed taxes on decieased people and had the money put into my bank account,and i handed the card over to her cause i wanted no part of it.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Joseph replied 6 years ago.

This is simply a way for the Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) to make his job a little easier. If you refuse, then the AUSA will need to take the matter to a grand jury and formally obtain an indictment. If you accept this offer, it saves him the trouble of doing so.


As to the offer, you should absolutely speak to an attorney about this matter. It certainly could be in your best interests to accept the pre-indictment offer. If you refuse, it is possible that the AUSA would seek an indictment on more serious charges and then extend a more harsh offer.


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Expert:  Joseph replied 6 years ago.

I am going off-line for the evening. Please feel free to respond, if necessary, and know that I will be back on-line tomorrow.


Thank you for your patience.