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False Statements In Federal Investigations

The law against making false statements applies to anyone speaking to federal agents, to investigations by members of Congress, or other internal investigators in federal matters. A false statement is any materially fraudulent or willfully misleading statement or representation of fact. It can even involve the omission of a material fact to an investigator.

What Constitutes A False Statement?

The law is broad: any intentionally false representation of a material fact regarding an investigation can be prosecuted as a false statement. You do not have to be under oath for your statement to be held against you. It can be made verbally or in writing. You do not have to make the statement in a court of law. The statement does not have to be transcribed or recorded.

Prosecutors often file false statement charges in order to address crimes such as perjury, false declarations, and obstruction of justice, as well as government fraud. False statement charges frequently arise in IRS and SEC investigations, as well as other white collar crime inquiries, but you are often vulnerable whenever investigators in any federal matter are unhappy with statements that were not helpful to them.

There Is No Substitute For Experience

Murphy & Price, LLP, will require that prosecutors prove that the statement was intended to deceive. Other defenses involve showing that the statement was not what the law defines as material to the investigation at hand, or was not significant. When appropriate, we may seek to have charges reduced.

When you are accused of a federal crime is not the time to work with an inexperienced lawyer with federal crimes. You will want attorneys who have helped clients in this exact situation hundreds of times, who know the federal court system and are respected there.

The Federal Criminal Practice at Murphy & Price, LLP, is nationwide in scope, with particular focus on federal criminal cases in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, California and Florida.

If you stand accused of false statements with relation to a federal investigation, the law firm of Murphy & Price has the experience and the knowledge to get you through this problem intact and at liberty. For more information, or to discuss your case at length, call us at 410-280-2500 or write to us using this online form.