False Statement to a Federal Agent
Making a false statement to a federal agent is a crime punishable by law, according to Title 18, Section 1001 of the United States Code. Based on the law, it is a crime to knowingly and willfully make any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or representations in any matter in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative or judicial branch of the United States.
Falsifying statements to the federal government is a felony even if it is just an oral lie that is not under oath. This is because your statement is false at the time that you make it, even if you were not aware of it being a crime against the government. If convicted, a person may face up to 8 years in federal prison. Usually in such cases, it is best for an individual to consult with a federal criminal defense lawyer before speaking with a federal agent. If an individual is approached and questioned, the best action to take is to politely decline to speak about anything substantive without the presence of a legal counsel.
To avoid being charged with making false statements to government agents, you should consult an attorney with expert experience in federal criminal cases. Since in this case, government enforcement officers can position you to make a statement, they can send you to prison for telling a lie that you had no knowledge of committing. If you find yourself in a position with federal agents, politely ask them to wait and call the Joe Shemaria Law Firm for immediate legal assistance for your case.