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Posted on Nov 1, 2020

Sharifov & Associates, PLLC

What to do when contacted by law enforcement or served with subpoena? Clients often ask what to do if they are contacted law enforcement. Unfortunately, most of them ask this important question after they already spoke with police/FBI, possibly made some damaging admission. The best is not to answer questions but rather get a contact info. It is essential to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney before answering any questions. If you have absolutely nothing to hide & may have been a witness to a crime, & there is not a shred of doubt that you were not involved in the commission of a crime, that is a different story. However, if there are reasons to believe that you were involved in some illegal activity, don’t make any admissions, don’t try to explain anything but consult a lawyer. You have a constitutional right (5th amendment US Const) not to incriminate yourself. Nobody can force you to testify against yourself. If you are served with a subpoena to testify before the Grand Jury, you can’t ignore it because you may be found in contempt. Nevertheless, you should contact a criminal lawyer who may get in touch with prosecutor to find out if you are a target/subject of an investigation or just a witness, not suspected of any wrongdoing. Upon thorough analysis of your case with an attorney, decision will be made whether you will testify in GJ or invoke your 5th amendment right. Cooperation, if any, should also be discussed with an attorney to protect you
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