Grand Jury Indictments for Federal Contractors - Contract Criminal Defense LawyersGetting a Grand Jury Indictment in a Criminal Case Involving Federal Contracts Does not Automatically Mean that You Are Guilty. The Question Becomes What Are You Options After the Indictment But Before a Criminal Trial. Below are but a Few Potential Outcomes.

Government investigations of federal contractors include what many look at the two parts of the formal investigative stage. In the first pre-indictment stage, the government attorneys issue CIDs, request for interviews and what many call a “loose” attempt to try to reel in the final parts of the case. After the pre-indictment stage, the US attorneys bring formal charges in the critical stage. After the Grand Jury issues a positive bill of indictment, the prosecution then gears up to take the case to trial. Note that a federal indictment should not be an indicator of guilt of innocence at trial. In fact, the prosecution now has to build its case for trial. The burden of proof moving forward after indictment is a lot tougher when going to trial.

Government contractor defendants can still get a favorable resolution after the indictment stage. If your government contractor criminal defense attorney believes that the government has an extremely strong case against you, then there is a possibility that you can avoid a criminal trial altogether.
In fact, the closer you get to a criminal trial, the less interested the prosecution in interested in offer plea deals. You should seriously get a realistic idea of how strong or weak the government’s case is.

Although you believe that you are innocent of all criminal charges, the post-indictment stage is very important because the US or DOJ attorneys may now offer immunity deals to witnesses that may choose to falsely testify against you in exchange for their freedom. This can have a tricky twist to your case.

What Happens After Indictment?

Can Your Attorney Push to Have the Indictment Thrown Out? This can be a potential outcome. If successful, government contractors can avoid a criminal trial altogether and save on hundreds of thousands in litigation costs.

Post-indictment dismissal. This option is very rare but possible. Government fraud defense attorneys can develop legal reasons why the court should dismiss the case. Government contracting is a very unique area of law that requires certain steps under the agency administrative process. Getting a government contractor criminal case dismissed after indictment takes a very dedicated level of created thinking. This is another reason why having a contractor fraud defense attorney that also understand federal procurement laws is critical. With the right approach and persuasion, a federal judge could very well dismiss the indictment.See information about getting federal indictments dismissed.

Entering into a plea agreement. When federal contractors believe that there are great risk of pursuing the case to trial, then they should seriously consider whether entering into plea agreement can minimize the risk of jail time and harsher sentencing at trial. Defendants in a government contracting criminal case should now pay attention to what evidence the government intends to bring, despite whether the defendant still proffers his or her innocence. The choice to enter into a plea agreement, or not, is entirely the choice of the contractor defendant. See information about contractor target letters.

Verdict at Trial. This is the part of a criminal case that elicits a high level of stress. If the case goes to trial and the evidence convinces a jury, then the jury will either enter a guilty verdict or not guilty verdict.

Discovery After a Federal Contractors Are Indicted

After the indictment phase, each part starts the discovery process. Each side gets to make certain discovery request for documents. The government attorneys must equally comply post-indictment discovery. The government contractor defendant can play a crucial role because certain details know about the case can prompt a contractor fraud defense attorney to take certain angles in the discovery process.

Prosecution must provide defendant with evidence that helps the Defendant’s case. This is touch area. However, the rules a very clear that a federal must to provide the defense with exculpatory evidence. The evidence is not required to actually show innocence, it just could go towards being innocent of government contractor fraud and the counts within the federal indictment.

Can Government Contractors Challenging the Indictment Against Them?

Challenging a federal grand jury indictment for a government contract fraud case can be a high hurdle to climb. However, under the right set of facts and circumstances, it can be done. Government procurement fraud is governed by a unique set of rules when compared to the traditional non- white-collar crimes. Having a government contractor fraud defense lawyer that also understands the ins-and outs of the procurement regulations, SBA regulations and FAR rules could very well create an avenue to potentially dismiss the indictment.

Speak with a Senior Federal Defense Contractor Lawyer at Watson & Associates, LLC

The federal defense attorneys at Watson & Associates, LLC represent small businesses and large defense contractors charge with criminal fraud against the United States. When case involve federal government contracting, we develop a sound legal team that can aggressively fight back and defend your legal rights. For a free and confidential initial consultation, please call the law firm today – toll free at 1.866.601.5518 or contact our defense lawyers online.