Columbia, SC 1001 Violations- False Statement Criminal Defense Attorneys
18 u.s.c. § 1001 false statements
False Statements, also known as a 1001 violation, are the most common crime that we handle in the SC 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 SC Criminal Defense Lawyer Before Agreeing to Speak with an FBI Agent
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, could result in an arrest for a 1001 violation.
Is 18 USC 1001 felony or misdemeanor?
False Statements in Violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 is a felony
Is making false statements a crime?
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 you thought was inconsequential to the agent or government, or
- you only consider the statement a small white lie.
Even if you are not personally under investigation when you talk with a Federal agent, any false statement you make in the course of the discussion can result in an arrest or indictment for making a false and material misrepresentation to a federal law enforcement officer. If you are under oath, you could be charged with perjury.
What is the penalty for making a false statement?
Can you go to jail for false allegations?
Anyone convicted of making false statements in violation of federal statute faces a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000. If the offense involves terrorism, anyone convicted of making false statements faces up to eight years in prison.
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.
Contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at 803-252-4800 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.