Posted on Jan 18, 2021
Sharifov & Associates, PLLC
Felony is a serious criminal charge in NY. It is when an accused faces over 1-year in jail. It also carries potential collateral consequences in employment, immigration, professional licensing, housing, voting rights, etc. A person who is charged with a felony has an absolute right to have his case presented to a grand jury by the prosecutor. If grand jury issues a true bill, the defendant is indicted, and the prosecution is continuing. If grand jury issues no true bill, the case is over. The great dilemma for many defendants is whether to testify before the grand jury. If we think the client's testimony may be beneficial, we then gather several criminal defense attorneys from our firm and sit for a mock grand jury presentation with attorneys playing roles of prosecutor and grand jurors. This way we try to evaluate whether the client's story is credible and whether he/she is a good witness to testify in a grand jury. It takes a team of experienced criminal defense attorneys to evaluate the case with felony charges to properly advise the client whether he should give testimony to the grand jury or waive his right & let the prosecution present only their case. The decision to testify before a grand jury is a very important one. If the grand jury believes the accused, it may dismiss the case completely. If you need assistance with a criminal defense or a second opinion about your current matter, please contact our firm.