Federal Subpoena: Los Angeles Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
What to do if you are asked to testify before a federal grand jury
If you receive a federal subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury in California, the first thing you should do is contact a Los Angeles federal criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich because the federal criminal justice system is an intimidating place to be, and you have know idea whether you are:
- the target of the investigation
- a subject of the investigation
- a witness
Importance of hiring a Los Angeles Federal Criminal Defense Attorney at Wallin & Klarich
There is no 6th Amendment right to counsel in a grand jury proceeding even for the target of a grand jury investigation. However, counsel may be retained by a grand jury witness and may serve important functions. For example, if you have received a federal subpoena, your Los Angeles federal criminal defense attorney can:
- learn about the intentions of the grand jury
- assist you in making an informed decision about how to respond to the grand jury’s subpoena
- inform the prosecution that you will not be bullied during the testimony
- counsel you about the risks of testifying or not
- obtain a continuance of the scheduled grand jury appearance if necessary
If a grand jury witness decides to testify, counsel will prepare the witness for the type of questioning likely to occur inside the grand jury room. A witness has no right to legal counsel inside the grand jury room. However, your Los Angeles federal criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich will wait outside the room to be available to consult during questioning and will explain which areas are suitable for questioning and which are not.
Contact a practiced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Los Angeles area today
An experienced Los Angeles federal criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich can help you if you are charged with a federal crime in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina or San Diego. With over 30 years of experience as Federal Criminal Lawyers, Wallin & Klarich will assist you in this difficult time.
We will get through this together. For a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles federal criminal defense attorneys, call us today at (877) 466-5245 or fill out our confidential case review form. We will be there when you call.