Is the Federal Government Tapping Your Phone?


When federal agents show up at your front door during an investigation, they often know quite a bit about you and your case. They may have gone through your bank statements, or even read some of your emails. This often comes as a shock to defendants, and may leave you wondering if the government has been tapping your phone or if they will start. Wiretaps are serious, and often feel like a complete invasion of privacy. If you’re under investigation and suspect the government is listening in on your phone calls, reach out to an experienced federal attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will help you determine the best course of action and will start building a strong defense to help you avoid a criminal conviction. The sooner you get connected with legal representation, the better your chances are of receiving the best available outcome. Call the Grabel & Associates team right now to get connected with a lawyer who will aggressively fight for you throughout every stage of your case. We can be reached by telephone or via our online contact form 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How Do Wiretaps Work in Federal Criminal Cases?

Federal agents cannot legally tap your phone whenever they want to. They have to follow strict guidelines and go through a specific process to obtain approval. The government can only use a wiretap in certain cases, some of which include those involving terrorism crimes, drug dealing, counterfeiting, misuse of passports, and aircraft parts fraud. The prosecutor with the Department of Justice has to file a request with a federal judge before they can tap your phones. The request will include a description of who is going to be wiretapped and other specific details about the tap. The wiretap can last no more than 30 days at a time, and requires the prosecutor to file a new request with a federal judge if they want to continue listening in on your phone calls. The judge may choose to order reports of the information being revealed from the wiretap and updates as the investigation progresses.

Since wiretaps are so complicated, they are not as common as defendants may think. A prosecutor has to devote many hours to following the steps that make a wiretap possible. He or she will also generally need approval from the Department of Justice to file a request. Drafting an order that explains why a wiretap is necessary also takes a lot of time. All of these deterrents make it unlikely that you will be wiretapped. To ensure your legal rights are upheld, however, it helps to hire a skilled defense attorney. He or she will aggressively fight for you, giving you a fair shot at justice.

Defense Representation Against Federal Criminal Charges

At Grabel & Associates, your freedom is our top priority. We have over 15 years of experience defending Michigan’s wrongfully accused and are ready to put our knowledge to work in your case. If you’re looking for an attorney that cares about your case and will devote ample time and attention to reviewing every detail, reach out to us. We treat every case that comes across our desk like it’s our own, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to put you on track to receiving the best available results. We believe in empowering our clients to make wise decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. We’ll explain every step to you as we go, putting the power back in your hands. Our proven results showcase the effectiveness of our approach, making it easier to trust us with your future. If you’re under investigation for a federal criminal offense, don’t waste another minute. Contact us right now!

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We know that your federal criminal case is time sensitive, which is why our team is available to help you 24/7. When you dial 1-800-342-7896, you’ll be connected with an experienced case analyst who will provide you with a free initial case consultation or contact us online. We’ll help you determine the next step in your federal criminal case, setting you up for success. When your future is on the line, you want Michigan’s brightest legal minds battling on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to contact Grabel & Associates for premier legal services. We can start building you solid defense today.