How to Handle ‘Ambush Interviews’

September 19, 2011 – In The News
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William Maruca was quoted in an article that focused on how to deal with "ambush interviews" by government agencies.

Ambush interviews are being used more often by government agencies seeking information, documents and statements during an investigation. They are often intended to throw people off-guard, reducing the possibility that the person being interviewed will seek advice from counsel or supervisors before divulging information.

While participation in these interviews is not required, it also cannot be forbidden. Forbidding other employees from talking to investigators is obstruction of justice, said Maruca. He suggests asking about the subject matter of the questioning so you can prepare if you decide to move forward with the interview.

"People get scared and start to blab and end up saying things they regret," said Maruca.