Columbia, South Carolina 18 USC 1001 Attorneys
False Statements, also known as a 1001 violation, are the most common crime that we handle in Federal Court. If you have been charged with making a false statement to a Federal agent, it is extremely important that you obtain an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows what the Government must establish in order to secure a conviction and who will fight to have your charges reduced or even dismissed.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer Before Agreeing to Speak with an Investigator
If you are contacted by a Federal Agent, a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer at the Strom Law Firm, LLC can help you determine when and whether it is appropriate to agree to speak with them. Even if there is not enough evidence to support your arrest, any misrepresentation to an agent, no matter now insignificant, can result in an arrest for a 1001 violation.
An arrest for making a false statement can arise from an informal conversation with a Federal agent or officer even if:
- you were not under oath,
- you were not advised that any statement made may result in criminal prosecution,
- you lied or misspoke about something inconsequential to the agent or government, or
- it was only a small white lie.
Even if you are not personally under investigation when you talk with the Feds, any false statement you make in the course of a discussion with a Federal agent can result in an arrest or indictment for making a false and material misrepresentation to a federal law enforcement officer.
How to Avoid a 1001 Violation
If you are contacted by a federal law enforcement officer, even if you do not have any reason to fear that you are personally under investigation, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to make sure that your rights are protected.
Don’t jeopardize your freedom by talking to a federal agent without first speaking with one of our criminal defense attorneys. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.
18 USC 1001:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully-
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for statements, representations, writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
(c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to-
(1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or
(2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.
Contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case as well as whether we may be able to help you avoid jail time. We offer flexible payment options and accept Visa and Mastercard.