In felony cases brought in federal criminal court, there will be a grand jury proceeding before formal charges are filed and a person is arrested. The purpose of the grand jury proceeding is to determine if there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime and what charges should be brought. The grand jury does not decide if a person, or a company, is actually guilty of a crime.
If you are facing a proceeding, contact the federal criminal defense lawyers in Orlando at The Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, P.A.
Because no one is actually on trial, the subjects of a federal grand jury investigation have no right to make a presentation to the grand jury. If you've been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, you cannot bring a lawyer with you into the grand jury room but you have the right to consult with an Orlando criminal defense attorney even if you have to step out of the grand jury room to do so.
You do, however, have the right to seek legal advice before you appear before a grand jury. And it is extremely important that you do so. Any grand jury appearance can result in perjury charges or in statements being made that can later be used against you.
The State of Florida also utilizes grand juries for capital offenses and at times for high profile investigations and political investigations. A witness in a Florida state grand jury has the right to have an attorney present in the grand jury room for advice.
If you have been called to appear before a federal or state grand jury, you should know what you are facing and have an attorney to protect your rights. Call us today at (407) 901-5852.
We will review your situation and advise you on what you can do to minimize any risk to yourself. In some situations, your lawyer may be able to negotiate immunity in exchange for your testimony.
Even if you are not the target of the investigation, it is still possible that you could unintentionally incriminate yourself by your testimony. You do not know whether the prosecutor has been advised of facts that are not true so you may face a perjury charge even though you testify truthfully. Get legal advice before you give any statements or make any appearances in court.
Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, ensuring a defense attorney responds quickly. Contact our Orlando federal criminal defense lawyers or call (407) 901-5852 for experienced representation.
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