Receiving a federal grand jury subpoena or a state grand jury subpoena is one of the more unsettling events that can hit your professional career.
And given the increasing number of federal and state laws and regulations with which you must comply, it is becoming more common for you, your business, or your employees to become involved in a grand jury investigation. This is especially true if you work for a publicly traded company or in highly regulated fields such as nuclear, defense, government contracting, or for non-profit or fundraising organizations, taxpayer-funded entities, healthcare providers, banking, mining or regulated substance industries, or federal and state government, including legislative bodies.
When you’ve been subpoenaed, you may have to testify under oath before a federal or state grand jury. You may also have to produce documents subpoenaed by the grand jury or requested by a government agent or prosecutor.
In most situations, you recall doing what you thought was best under the circumstances and when your judgment is suddenly called into question with a subpoena, you may initially be upset or confused about what to do next. A defense attorney can help you steer through the perils associated with an investigation, and prepare a strategy that protects you from being accused of interfering with an investigation or obstructing justice.
When you receive a federal grand jury subpoena or a state grand jury subpoena (or if you think you are likely to receive one in the near future) you should immediately speak to an attorney with experience in grand jury investigations.
I have over 35 years of experience helping white collar professionals who are going through grand jury investigations.
Together, you and I will review whether you are being subpoenaed as a records custodian, a fact witness or potential subject or target of the grand jury. We can then develop a strategy to give you the best shot at supplying the evidence sought or avoiding future charges. On your behalf, I can contact the prosecutor to discuss the information the government wants from you. If called for (or possible under the circumstances), I can negotiate the terms for your appearance.
Depending on the type of grand jury investigation, I can also organize your files, manage your correspondence, prepare responses to document subpoenas and, in certain cases, conduct a thorough internal investigation to determine whether your business or your employees violated the law. Further, depending on the circumstances, I can prepare you for the questions you may be asked during a grand jury investigation. Throughout, I will work as closely as possible with your in-house or corporate counsel so that I fully understand the environment in which your business operates. While this process can be stressful to you and your employees, it is something I have successfully accomplished for many clients over the years. Helping you put a grand jury investigation behind you as quickly as possible, while safeguarding your reputation, is of paramount importance to me.
In the end, the overall goal of all of this work is to either persuade a prosecutor that you have not committed any wrongdoing warranting criminal charges, or make certain that you have provided sufficient information that you will be regarded as cooperative.