The investigation stage of criminal proceedings is critical and is one in which effective representation can be especially helpful. Whether the investigation is state or federal, on a police level or by a prosecutor’s office, the opportunity to address issues early on can often be invaluable in regard to the future course of proceedings. We routinely work with state and federal authorities—whether they be prosecutors or law enforcement personnel—in dealing with investigative matters involving our clients in a timely and effective manner.
Grand Jury Investigations
There are a host of agencies, both state and federal, which are charged with the investigation of alleged violations of the law. Federally, some of these agencies include the following:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Department of Veterans Affairs (Criminal Investigations Division, Office of the Inspector General)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Inspector General)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Fish and Wildlife Service (Office of Law Enforcement)
Food and Drug Administration (Office of Criminal Investigations)
Health and Human Services (Office of Inspector General) (HHS)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Internal Revenue Service (Criminal Investigation Division) (IRS)
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
U.S. Secret Service
In Arizona, investigations may begin on a civil level by agencies such as the Department of Real Estate, the Corporation Commission or the Registrar of Contractors and thereafter be handed off to another agency for criminal investigation. Arizona criminal investigative agencies include the Attorney General, County Attorneys, the Department of Public Safety, County Sheriffs, city and town police departments and others. Often, state investigators team up with federal investigators to form task forces to investigate various alleged offenses.