Investigative Interviews Wyoming

Posted by Clyde Hutchins | Oct 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

What happens during investigative interviews in Wyoming?

The State of Wyoming Attorney General's Office often uses investigative interviews in its investigations under the Consumer Protection Act. What happens during these interviews?

The interviews are usually held in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This happens to be the local address for many of the Wyoming companies under investigation, and the Attorney General's Office is located there, so it makes sense to have the interviews there. There are several locations in Cheyenne that can serve as interview rooms. The Office usually chooses a quite location, with a waiting area. The Wyoming State Library at 2800 Central Avenue is a popular choice.

For efficiency reasons, the Office tries to set several interviews the same day. Some interviews may even be "stacked," meaning that there are multiple interviews set during the same time, with those that show up advancing to be interviewed over no-shows.

A court reporter is present and records every interview. Also present is one or two attorneys from the Office and a staff person. The company representative and the company attorney are also present. Under Wyoming's rules governing the unauthorized practice of law, the company attorney must either be a Wyoming attorney or in-house counsel for the company's whose employee or officer is being interviewed. Local counsel is allowed.

The Office will proceed formally with the interview, very similar to a deposition in a civil action. The company representative does not have much of an opportunity to make a record during the interview, but some clarification of the record is usually allowed. The Office may review some documents with the company representative during the interview. These will often become exhibits for the record that the court reporter makes for the interview.

At the end of the interview (usually 30 minutes to an hour or two), the company representative and company attorney leave and the Office begins another interview with the next company representative. This cycle continues until all company representatives are interviewed. A record is also made for no-shows.

The interview may resolve the investigation in some instances. In other cases, it turns out to only be the beginning of the investigation. It all depends upon how the interview goes and what the Office is actually investigating.

About the Author

Clyde Hutchins

Clyde Hutchins is the founder of Harmony Law. Prior to opening Harmony Law, Mr. Hutchins worked in the Wyoming Attorney General's Office for several years where he developed a strong consumer protection enforcement unit. In that position he led over 120 investigations and enforcement actions under the Consumer Protection Act. He worked on numerous joint cases with the Federal Trade Commission and other states, including Colorado, on consumer protection matters. Mr. Hutchins is also a contributing author to Consumer Protection Law Developments, Second Edition. Previous to his work in the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Hutchins was in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska where he was the chief litigator for a firm. Mr. Hutchins represented municipalities on various matters. Mr. Hutchins provided counsel to businesses and investment advisors regarding compliance with securities laws. He was also a bond lawyer and worked on municipal financing matters. Prior to that, Mr. Hutchins practiced civil litigation with a law firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Mr. Hutchins devotes his spare time to his family, traveling and enjoying the great outdoors.


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