What is a Federal Grand Jury?
A Federal Grand Jury is comprised of up to 23 members. Grand juries meet in private and federal prosecutors can subpoena witnesses and documents to in order to try and obtain an indictment or a formal charging document. Federal grand juries wield tremendous power in our federal criminal justice system. Entering a federal grand jury unprepared or responding incorrectly can have serious ramifications. You should never enter into a grand jury without the help of an experienced and established federal criminal defense lawyer.
Can I take my lawyer to the Grand Jury with me?
Procedurally, your attorney cannot enter the actual grand jury room but they are allowed outside. You have an absolute right to consulate with your attorney after each question for as long as needed to protect your 5th Amendment right.
The federal grand jury defense lawyers at the Noll Law Office in Springfield, Illinois have represented clients before both federal and state grand juries. Federal prosecutors use grand juries to conduct investigations into all types of federal crimes including white collar crimes and drug crimes. It is important to remember that you are not being subpoenaed to a federal grand jury because they want to meet with you. It is the spider inviting the fly for dinner. You need aggressive and experienced defense lawyers who will protect your rights throughout grand jury proceedings.
The Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Noll Law Office offer free and confidential initial consultations at (217) 414-8889 so we can explain to your rights and determine how we can best handle your grand jury subpoena.