Chicago, IL federal criminal defense attorneyIf you have been charged with a federal crime, you may be facing prison time and steep fines. Although you may not be formally notified, federal agencies routinely investigate suspects of federal crimes.

If you have reason to believe that you are under investigation, do not wait to reach out to Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro. In this article, our Chicago federal crimes attorney discusses the telltale signs that you are under federal criminal investigation.

Receiving a Target Letter

Receiving a target letter from the U.S. Department of Justice or U.S. Attorney’s Office is a sure sign that you are under federal investigation. The letter informs criminal defendants that they are the focus of a Grand Jury’s investigation and of the charges against them.

Being Presented with a Search Warrant

A police officer must obtain a search warrant to search your property. Signed by a judge or magistrate, a search warrant authorizes a police officer to search the location and property specified in the document. If a federal agent shows up at your home or workplace with a warrant, that is another sign that you are being investigated for a crime.