The focus of our criminal practice concerns federal employees that are subjected to criminal investigative actions. Office of Inspector General (OIG), federal criminal investigative agencies, such as FBI, ATF, DEA, and other agencies that Target an employee criminal investigation.

There are two types of interviews that employees should be aware of. The first is a compelled interview, many times known as a Kalkines interview. Generally, government employees owe a duty to comply with internal investigations that are purely administrative. Refusing to participate in them can have negative consequences, including termination. The agency cannot use any statement against you in a criminal proceeding unless it is discovered that the employee intentionally falsified information. Many agencies allow legal counsel to participate and be present for these interviews. Some agencies do not.


The other type of interview is a voluntary interview. The employee is not required to participate in a voluntary interview. Many times, the employee will be read their Miranda rights prior to the beginning of the interview. This is not always the case as investigators will attempt to “encourage” employees to speak with them to “clear up” any issues. An employee is under no obligation to participate in a voluntary interview. The reason investigators choose to have a voluntary interview is the at the employee is under criminal suspicion. An employee should never speak to investigators during a voluntary interview without counsel present.

What our clients can expect: Highly prepared, highly competent representation at all stages of any criminal proceeding. Honest, aggressive and complete representation and the assurance that each client will be totally informed as to all important aspects of their case and will receive the benefit of their guaranteed constitutional rights. A lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping people obtain the best possible resolution of their criminal problem and who considers each case as serious and as important as our clients do. Fair fees.

White collar crime is typically a financial or corporate crime, often carried out by deceptive means. Although white collar criminal charges are usually brought against individuals, corporations may also be subject to criminal penalties. These penalties may include fines and costs, home electronic monitoring, community confinement, forfeitures, restitution, supervised release, and imprisonment. We represent clients in federal court in Michigan and Ohio. If you or someone you know has been arrested or is under investigation for any white-collar crime, including embezzlement, perjury, wire fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, credit card fraud, internet fraud/theft, money laundering, theft, forgery, counterfeiting, extortion or bribery, you should CONTACT US so we can protect your rights.

All cases are unique. The above is a summary of highlights from my practice. The result in your
case will be dependent on a number of factors and can not be predicted by the above results.


Firearms Law

Attorney Kirkpatrick takes on state or federal firearms cases and other related matters.

Gun laws: Attorney Kirkpatrick represents gun owners, gun dealers, Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL), firearms collectors, hunters, machine gun collectors, police departments and any one who has an interest in guns and firearms. Attorney Kirkpatrick has many years of experience in the courtroom and in negotiating with licensing authorities on issues of gun licenses, permit issuance and revocation, suspensions and judicial appeals.

The Firm handles gun, rifle, shotgun, and firearms appeals, judicial review, administrative law appeals and all types of trial work involving guns and firearms.

Attorney Kirkpatrick represents criminal defendants for gun and firearm violations, including gun dealers/FFLs charged criminally in Federal and State courts.

Although licensed to practice law in the States of Michigan and Ohio, Attorney Kirkpatrick will travel to any state to represent the interests of Gun dealers in the administrative process of revocation of FFL license and other firearms related matters.


Attorney Kirkpatrick and his associates can also assist you in legal matters the following areas:

  • Unlawful Sales of firearms, shotguns, explosives, ammunition, etc.
  • Unlawful Discharge of firearms
  • Machine Guns, Silencers and other National Firearms Act Violations
  • Assault Weapons’ & other Prohibited Items
  • Brandishing, Assault & Questionable Use of Firearms for Self-Defense

As a former Special Agent with the BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES (ATF), Attorney Kirkpatrick works with (ATF), the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI), the Untied States Attorney’s office, and other law enforcement agencies on behalf of dealers and individuals on matters of National Firearms Act transfers, licensing matters involving gun transfers, machine gun and silencer (suppressor) registration and all pistol, rifle and shotgun matters.

Please contact the Joel J. Kirkpatrick, P.C. if you have any questions or concerns about your legal matter pertaining to guns or firearms. Joel Kirkpatrick is a lawyer committed to zealously representing the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms.


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