The Importance of Secret Proceedings
Grand jury proceedings are held in secrecy. The accused does not have a
right to attend these proceedings, nor can a witness have his or her lawyer
present during testimony. A judge and the media are banned as well. This
procedure is designed to protect the witness during testimony, but also
protects the accused if the case does not go to trial. This secrecy underscores
the importance of obtaining skilled representation from experienced grand
jury attorneys to help guide the accused or witness through the process
and protect his or her rights.
- Grand juries have full power to order records and call witnesses to testify
- The prosecutor is the only attorney entitled to submit a case to a grand jury
- The accused and his or her attorney may not be present at the proceeding
- Witnesses can be charged with a crime based on their testimony
- The accused may be indicted based on a majority vote of a grand jury
For Legal Representation, Turn to Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A.
If you or a loved one is called as a witness, we at Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre
& Walsh, P.A. have the knowledge to advise you about what happens
behind closed doors. A skilled grand jury lawyer will help you prepare
your testimony. We will also offer legal advice and help you avoid potentially
serious consequences that may arise because of your testimony.
Being the subject of a grand jury investigation or testifying as a witness
can have a serious impact on your future. If you are convicted of charges
as a result of a grand jury investigation, the resulting criminal record
can have devastating consequences. It may be more difficult to find a
job, obtain a loan or further one's education. We can help you through
the process of a grand jury investigation and ensure that your rights
Do not hesitate to contact us today
to allow us to begin working on your case.