A criminal investigation before charges are filed may take many forms, but two of the most common methods of investigation are law enforcement interviews and use of the grand jury. You may be contacted by law enforcement agents for the purpose of an interview about alleged criminal activity or you may be subpoenaed before the South Carolina State Grand Jury or the Federal Grand Jury to give testimony about alleged criminal activity.
If you are contacted by law enforcement agents, it is essential that you contact an attorney to guide you through this potential minefield. Depending on the nature of the allegations, it may be in your interest to cooperate with the authorities, but on the other hand, it may not be in your interest to cooperate. An experienced lawyer can assist you with these important decisions.
A grand jury may subpoena witnesses to appear before it to give testimony or produce documents needed in the investigation. The state grand jury and the federal grand jury are often used as investigative bodies in this manner. As a witness before a grand jury, it is essential that you consult with an attorney, particularly if you are the subject of the investigation, or if you may potentially incriminate yourself by voluntarily giving testimony. One of the most important decisions you will have to make is whether to invoke your rights under the Fifth Amendment not to incriminate yourself. This is a critical stage of an investigation. While your lawyer cannot enter or participate in the grand jury proceedings if you decide to testify, the lawyer will remain available in close proximity to answer questions that you may have and you have the right to consult with your lawyer by asking for a brief recess of the proceeding . A lawyer can assist you in preparing for the hearing and also in an independent investigation of the allegations.
Jack Swerling has extensive experience representing clients who are under investigation or called to testify before a grand jury. He will explain the grand jury proceedings, make sure you are informed about what is going to happen and help you make sure your rights are protected.
South Carolina criminal law attorney Jack Swerling has provided advice and counsel to hundreds of clients who have been called to testify before grand juries or were under investigation by other law enforcement agencies in virtually every criminal matter, including but not limited to the following:
If you are facing a law enforcement investigation or a grand jury subpoena or learn you are the subject of a criminal investigation, you may call our law firm 24 hours a day at 800-701-0599. Our answering service will direct you to Jack Swerling. You may also e-mail Jack Swerling at [email protected].E-mails are checked regularly.