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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 within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative or judicial branch of the United States’ government.

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 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 then send you to prison for telling a lie. If you find yourself in such a position with federal agents, politely ask them to wait and call the Shemaria Law Offices for immediate legal assistance for your case: (310) 953-4004.

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    Joseph Shemaria graduated from UCLA Law School in 1969, with the most prestigious academic honors. He was also a Senior Editor of UCLA Law Review and graduated "Order of the Coif," the highest academic award. Mr. Shemaria started specializing in criminal defense in June 1970 and has tried cases in both state and federal courts from coast to coast. He has also handled over 1,000 state and federal appeals and writs, 30 of which were published in the permanent, official law books. Mr. Shemaria has ...
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