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A grand jury proceeding is a type of jury gathered to determine if enough evidence is present to indict someone accused of a serious crime. Grand juries represent very serious legal matters and are usually conducted for federal crimes or felonies at the state and county level. If you or a loved one has been called to testify or has been charged with a crime determined to be serious enough for a grand jury proceeding, seek immediate legal assistance from Broward County grand jury attorneys to ensure your rights are protected.

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 Jury Facts (1, 2)
  • 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

Grand Jury Witnesses Need Legal Representation
If you or a loved one is called as a witness in Broward County, including the cities of Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano, grand jury attorneys have the knowledge to advise you about what happens behind closed doors. A skilled grand jury lawyer will help you prepare your testimony. They will also offer legal advice and help you avoid potentially serious consequences that may arise because of your testimony. Seek the experienced assistance of Broward County grand jury attorneys to help protect your rights during grand jury proceedings.

Protect Your Rights
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. Broward County grand jury lawyers can help you through the process of a grand jury investigation and ensure that your rights are protected.

The attorneys of Perlet & Shiner, P.A. represent clients involved in grand jury investigations in Broward County, including Pompano, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and other cities.

  1. American Bar Association Family Legal Guide (2004):
  2. The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions In Criminal Cases. (2005). The Florida Grand Jury Handbook:

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