RESPONSES TO SUBPOENAS
Subpoenas are often issued amid a grand jury investigation. A federal subpoena can seek records or force witnesses to appear before a grand jury, where deliberations are conducted in secret.
No surer sign of a federal investigation exists than when a client or business receives a subpoena ordering them to appear before a federal grand jury or to produce business or personal records.
Anyone facing a federal subpoena should contact a Miami federal criminal defense lawyer immediately. Unfortunately, targets of a federal investigation sometimes appear before a grand jury or produce records without seeking the advice of an experienced attorney– hoping their cooperation will make the problem go away.
Worse yet, the testimony they provide or the records they produce can have serious consequences when it comes to building a defense against either state or federal criminal charges.
A grand jury is comprised of citizens selected through voter and driver registration lists. Unlike courtroom proceedings, no judge is present and no attorneys are permitted in grand jury proceedings except prosecutors, who present evidence pursuant to seeking a criminal indictment.
That evidence, and any testimony, will also be used in the courtroom against a defendant.
The veteran federal criminal defense attorneys at Barzee Flores offer confidential appointments to anyone facing a subpoena. Rarely do prosecutors fail to get an indictment from a grand jury – the process is stacked in the favor of the prosecution, permits no defense testimony, and uses standards of proof that are much lower than in a courtroom.
Yet ignoring a subpoena is likewise a very bad idea and can have immediate legal consequences, including jail time.
At Barzee Flores, we are dedicated to representing clients facing federal charges. Our attorneys can help you or your business formulate a response to a subpoena that will comply with the law, meet the needs of your comprehensive defense strategy, and even prevent criminal indictment.
Subpoenas are a very serious legal matter. Don’t make the mistake of hiring an inexperienced defense firm. At Barzee Flores, we’ve built a reputation as one of the nation’s top federal criminal defense firms.