False statement charges under 18 USC Section 1001 may be brought when someone makes a “false statement” to an agent or agency of the federal government in connection with a federal matter. False statements can be spoken or written and do not have to be made under oath to violate the law, applying equally to misrepresenting income to the IRS or lying to the FBI during an interview. The government can’t convict a person simply for telling a lie. In addition to proving that the defendant made the statement in question to a federal agent or officer, the government must also prove three things:
Under 18 U.S.C. Section1001, the penalty for making false statements is a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison. However, if the false statement is related to an act of terror, human trafficking, or certain sex offenses, the maximum sentence increases to eight years.
There are three common defenses to a false statement charge under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001:
Of course, the best thing you can do to avoid being charged for making false statements is to not make any statements. If you are approached by federal officers who request an interview, you can always invoke your right to counsel, and the fact that you requested a lawyer cannot be used against you in court.
Whether you have been charged with a federal crime under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001, or have been approached by a federal agent, it is important to hire an experienced federal defense attorney to help you. Our firm has over twenty years of experience counseling individuals targeted or interviewed by federal agents and defending those charged with making false statements.
If you believe you are the target of a federal investigation, if you have been asked to speak to federal agents, or if you are being charged with violating 18 U.S.C. Section 1001, call our firm to speak to one of our experienced federal defense attorneys. We have successfully represented clients in federal criminal cases across the United States.
We have successfully represented clients in federal criminal cases across the United States. Our firm has offices in Atlanta GA, Alexandria VA, and Washington DC, and we frequently travel to other federal courts to represent people in serious federal criminal cases.
To learn more about what happens in a federal criminal case, watch our federal crimes video.
If you want to know how to get the lowest possible sentence in federal court, watch our video on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Subscribe to The Federal Docket to keep on top of recent cases and important developments in federal criminal law.
I hired Mr Pate to handle my federal 2255 appeal which was for ineffective council of a former attorney. He spent countless hours with my case load filing paperwork, meeting with me, more than one hearing in front of multiple judges etc. my 2255 was won and I had a sentence reduction fo all his hard work. 2255 are very hard to win and the odds are slim so if you need a great lawyer that will work hard for you and argue for you even harder in Court, you need to call Page! He and Mr Church both had my back all the way thru. Thanks to them both but especially Page Pate!