Harrisburg/York Criminal Defense Attorney Answers: “I’ve been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, what are my rights?”
You have the right to be represented by an attorney.
When you retain a PA Criminal Defense Lawyer to represent you in response to a subpoena to testify before a grand jury, your attorney will be able to be present during your testimony and advise you during questioning by the Attorney for the Commonwealth.
Although you may not be the target of the grand jury investigation, it is important to seek the counsel and advice of a competent criminal defense attorney. One of the purposes of the grand jury is to investigate. While you may be a witness, as opposed to the target, your testimony could potentially subject you to criminal prosecution. With the assistance of an attorney, you will be able to develop an understanding of the potential liabilities you face and your lawyer can develop a strategy to insulate you from and safeguard against a criminal prosecution.
At the conclusion of your testimony, unless otherwise directed by the judge, you may have the right to disclose your testimony before the grand jury. However, just because you have the right to disclose and discuss your testimony before an investigating grand jury with others, it may not be in your best interest to do so. Every step you take and decision you make carries with it potential pitfalls. With the appropriate representation, your attorney will be able to walk you through the process from beginning to end and beyond, as one misstep could result in possible criminal liability and exposure.
If you have been subpoenaed to testify as a witness before an investigating grand jury in Pennsylvania, contact us today for your free initial phone consultation.