I Received a Grand Jury Subpoena. What Do I Do?

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When you receive a subpoena, you may be intimidated and stressed. However, when it is a grand jury subpoena, this is much more severe. Unfortunately, many are unaware of what this document is or how to respond. If you’ve received a grand jury subpoena, the following blog explores what you must do to protect yourself. You’ll also discover how Houston criminal attorneys can represent you if you’re experiencing legal issues.

What Is a Grand Jury Subpoena?

A grand jury is used to determine whether or not someone should be indicted or charged with crimes. This does not mean a person is convicted of a crime, simply that the jury believes there is enough evidence to charge them with a criminal offense.

When you are subpoenaed, it generally means the prosecution believes you have information pertaining to the investigation. In some instances, they may believe you have committed criminal activity, making you the target of a crime. However, they may not know whether or not you have criminal involvement, thus subpoena you as a subject. You may be a witness in relation to the crime, so your testimony will be used as evidence. Unfortunately, when you receive a subpoena there is no way to know if you’re a subject, witness, or target.

While some subpoenas are used to get the testimony of an individual, others are used for tangible evidence, like records, photos, bank records, and documents.

If I Receive One, How Do I Proceed?

If you receive a grand jury subpoena, it’s essential to understand that you must proceed carefully. You should not ignore this, as you will likely face criminal charges as a result. Similarly, if you need to produce documents, destroying them can land you with an obstruction of justice charge.

Instead, it’s essential to understand that you must contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the complexities of grand jury subpoenas. As such, they may not understand the gravity of the situation. However, enlisting the help of a lawyer can help guide you through this process to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

For example, your attorney may be able to communicate with the prosecution to get information about your involvement in the case. Similarly, they can help you prepare to give your testimony or advise you whether or not pleading the Fifth, or invoking your Fifth Amendment right to silence, is the best option for you.

When you’re facing legal trouble, the Gonzalez Law Group is ready to help. We understand how complex these issues can be. As such, our dedicated and experienced firm is ready to help you navigate these intense situations. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you.