Criminal Overview:

IRS' Criminal Investigation Divison (CID) is comprised of approximately 4,100 employees worldwide, approximately 2,700 of whom are special agents whose investigative jurisdiction includes tax, money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act laws. While other federal agencies also have investigative jurisdiction for money laundering and some bank secrecy act violations, IRS is the only federal agency that can investigate potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code.  These employees work closely with other govermental enforce divisions to provide a streamless cover to enforce our laws.  Most States have smaller but parallel agencies.    

Compliance with the tax laws in the United States relies heavily on self-assessments of what tax is owed. This is called voluntary compliance. The underpinning of our tax system relies on such.  When individuals and corporations make deliberate decisions to not comply with the law, they face the possibility of a civil audit or criminal investigation which could result in prosecution and possible jail time. Publicity of these convictions provides a deterrent effect that enhances voluntary compliance.

As financial investigators, CI special agents and state agents fill a unique niche in the federal and state law enforcement community. Today's sophisticated schemes to defraud the government demand the analytical ability of financial investigators to wade through complex paper and computerized financial records. Due to the increased use of automation for financial records, special agents are trained to recover computer evidence. Along with their financial investigative skills, special agents use specialized forensic technology to recover financial data that may have been encrypted, password protected, or hidden by other electronic means.

Criminal Investigation's conviction rate is one of the highest in federal law enforcement.  The courts hand down substantial prison sentences,especially given the mandatory federal sentencing guidlines, fines, civil taxes, and penalties.  

Based on the latest data from the CID, you have about 50/50 odds of being indicted when you face a CID investigation.  However, if indicted then your odds jump to a 90% chance of a conviction. 

This is a very serious issue and the government has a mountain of resources available to pursue convictions.  It is extremely important that you contact us very early on to protect your rights in this area and provide you solid criminal representation. 

If you have concerns in this area you should contact us immediately.  If an investigation has begun then our goal is to have the investigation closed without a referral for prosecution.  If the matter has been referred for prosecution or an indictment is close at hand then we will mount the best possible defense available for you under the law.    

Click here to view just a sample of the federal tax laws that you are likely subject to.


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