When a government agency decides to launch an investigation into your company, it can cause everyone to feel overwhelmed, underprepared and anxious.
Now is not the time to panic, though. The way you react during an investigation could have a much bigger impact than you think. It is important to understand what you can do to help your case, and what you should avoid which might worsen it.
Do not withhold information
The first mistake? Keeping your lawyer out of the loop. As Cornell Law states, attorney-client privilege allows for ease of confidential communication. In order to provide you with the best possible representation, your attorney should know the circumstances and the facts that pertain to the case of the investigation at hand. This includes details that might incriminate you, or embarrass you in some way. The last thing you want is for your attorney to face surprises during the court hearing.
Avoid revealing too much
Next, do not say too much. It is good to have a cooperative mindset during an investigation. At the same time, though, you should understand how to word things in a way that avoids unnecessary legal hassle. When going up against government agents, you go up against someone skilled with interrogations and investigations. The last thing you want is to end up in an incriminating lie.
Do not wait to act
Finally, do not wait too long to act. By the time you get investigated, you can guarantee the agency investigating you has watched you for some time, effectively getting a “head start”. Once you know what you are up against, you should not waste a second more and immediately contact your defense attorney.