You’ve just received your first subpoena to appear before a grand jury and give testimony. You don’t think you have done anything wrong. Do you need a lawyer?

Absolutely. Here’s why:

1. Your attorney can be available during your testimony.

While your attorney can’t go into the grand jury room with you, your attorney can be close at hand in case you have a need. If you need to step out of the grand jury room and consult with your attorney before you answer the prosecutor’s questions, your attorney will be there to advise you.

2. Your attorney can help you understand your rights in the grand jury process.

Before you step into that grand jury room, it’s smart to have an idea of what you should and should not reveal to the prosecutor. Some of your conversations with others or documents you have in your possession may be privilieged information that you don’t have to disclose. Other information you may need to keep private by “taking the Fifth” and exerting your right against self-incrimination.

3. Your attorney can help determine your status in the investigation (and improve it).

It’s one thing if the prosecution just wants to know what you know. It’s entirely another if you’re actually the focus of the investigation.

Our office will actively work to remove you from the center of the investigation and mitigate your risks from the very start. If we’re unable to do so, we can use the knowledge gained through our early work to start preparing your eventual defense if you are charged. Contact our office to learn more.