What is a federal target letter? A target letter is a letter one would receive from a federal prosecutor (or assistant us attorney).
The target letter notifies the recipient about a number of things, including:
The Department of Justice customarily sends target letters to individuals who are the target of a grand jury investigation and to those who are the subject of a grand jury investigation. One who is considered a target of the investigation is a person whom the U.S. attorney believes has "substantial evidence linking him or her to the commission of a crime" and has information that would be helpful to an investigation and whose "conduct falls within the scope of the grand jury investigation."
If you receive a target letter, it's likely the government intends to charge you with a criminal offense. You can read a sample target letter on the U.S. Department of Justice website.
The first step you should take if you have received a target letter from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) or a U.S. Attorney's Office is to immediately contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. The investigation against you may have just begun, or it may have been going on for months or years before you receive a letter alerting you that the government has pin-pointed you as a target or subject of a grand jury investigation.
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