What Do I Do if a Special Agent Contacts Me?

IRS Tax Investigation Defense

If a Special Agent contacts you this is not a warning sign. It is a giant roadside billboard with flashing lights.

Contact Our Tax Fraud Defense Lawyer BEFORE you talk with a Special Agent

While the agent will tell you that you are not required to speak with the Agent, and that you may have a lawyer present, the Agent will then try to get you to talk — for hours.

Special Agents love these ambush interviews. They know only too well that once you hire an attorney they will probably not again have the chance to talk with you, so their best and perhaps only chance of getting statements useful to them in prosecuting you is to get you to talk before you are represented by counsel.


Do not talk to the Agent or give him any information or documents.

Instead, respectfully tell him that you would like to consult with counsel, and nothing more. If you are already under investigation by CID and you have been talking and “cooperating” with any Special Agent, STOP IMMEDIATELY and retain competent counsel. If you try to handle this on your own, you will have plenty of time in prison to contemplate the old adage “a man who represents himself has a fool for a client.”

If you are contacted by a federal agent, drop whatever you are doing and find competent representation immediately — you’re going to need it.

Finding an Experienced South Carolina Tax Attorney

There are relatively few criminal tax investigations each year, so not many attorneys are experienced in handling them.

In fact, it is almost impossible to handle these cases correctly unless you have been a U.S. Attorney, a Department of Justice trial attorney, or former prosecutor. You owe it to yourself to find someone with these qualifications.

Centrally located in Columbia, South Carolina, our firm has been serving clients for over 15 years.  Founded by former U.S. Attorney and assistant solicitor, Pete Strom, our experienced criminal  defense attorneys include a former public defender, and a former Assistant Attorney General and Richland County Assistant Solicitor, as well as a tax lawyer familiar with IRS investigations.  Our experience and familiarity with prosecutorial techniques provide the basis for experienced and effective legal representation. We understand what is at stake and will aggressively fight to protect your rights.  Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.  We offer flexible payment options and accept Visa and Mastercard.

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