Because businesses act through their employees, not just the owners, many businessmen and women are questioned and examined when a federal agency or prosecutor sets its sights on a company. Chris Fialko often represents individuals who are witnesses, targets or subjects of investigations by federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, IRS, Secret Service and Customs Enforcement.
In the past few years, Fialko Law has counseled individuals in a wide variety of business investigations, including the following:
Whether the individual being questioned is a big fish or a little minnow, he must understand that investigations are serious. When a person is approached by a federal agent of any type, he or she should consult with an experienced lawyer before talking.
During federal investigations, FBI agents and prosecutors place every person in one of three categories: target, subject or witness. A target is someone who the feds are pretty sure committed a crime. A witness is someone who the feds think did not commit a crime but has information or saw what happened. A subject is anyone in between.
My job is to help a witness stay a witness, a subject become only a witness, and a target migrate down to subject or witness.