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Grand Jury Representation in Miami

Understanding Federal Grand Juries

The use of grand juries extends back to the beginning of the history of the United States. In the early years of this country, grand juries were used to investigate into a wide variety of legal matters, including criminal accusations. Today, they are most commonly used by federal law enforcement as a preliminary step to the prosecution of federal crimes.

Before you can be charged, arrested and prosecuted for a federal felony offense, you must first have been indicted by a grand jury. This provision is enshrined in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In this capacity, grand juries serve the role of ensuring that no person in the country will be targeted with prosecution without merit.

A grand jury in the United States consists of a group of between 16 and 23 citizens who convene in order to review the evidence supporting criminal allegations. The United States Attorney, the lawyer who represents the government as the federal prosecutor, presents this evidence to the grand jury.

The members of the jury then determine, based on what they have seen and heard, whether or not there is probable cause to believe that the individual who is the target of the investigation did in fact commit the offense. In the event that they do determine that probable cause exists, they will issue an indictment against the defendant.

Miami Federal Crime Attorney for Grand Jury Representation

If you have been served with a subpoena to appear before a grand jury in order to provide testimony or documents, contact us now at Joel DeFabio, PA. By hiring a Miami federal crime attorney at this stage in the case, you can greatly improve your chances of a favorable outcome to the situation.

For example, your lawyer can contact the federal prosecutor in order to get information about the allegations and find out what the government knows - and doesn't know. Your attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor in hopes of having the investigation dropped, or may be able to secure immunity against prosecution in exchange for your testimony.

The attorney may not be present with you during the grand jury hearing, since the Sixth Amendment right to council does not apply to grand juries. Your attorney may, however, wait outside the room, and you can even step out to confer and to discuss your response to questions before you answer the jury. The actions you take from the moment that you learn that you are the target of a grand jury investigation can have an enormous influence on the outcome of your case, so it is vital that you retain experienced legal representation to help you navigate the situation.

Contact us now for a free case evaluation and to learn more.

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