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Grand Jury Investigations in Tarrant County, TX
Call an attorney if you are the suspect in a crime and received a Grand Jury Invitation. If you received a grand jury invitation that invites you to testify before the Tarrant County Grand Jury then you should know that you are not required to testify and the invitation is not the same as a subpoena.
A person who is already aware that they are the target of a criminal investigation will rarely testify in front of a grand jury. But other witnesses to that crime do not often realize how their testimony can trigger a criminal investigation into their conduct.
Attorneys for Grand Jury Investigations in Fort Worth, TX
The attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy represent both defendants and other witnesses in a grand jury investigation. You are entitled to talk with an attorney about the invitation or a subpoena before you appear. The attorney can often accompany you to the hearing and wait outside the chambers to answer your questions if something unexpected arises during the questioning.
Call an experienced attorney at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy in Fort Worth to discuss any grand jury invitation or subpoena served on you. Call (817) 422-5350 today to schedule an appointment to meet with an attorney to discuss your testimony during a confidential consultation so that your rights are preserved and you know what to expect during the investigation.
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Warning to the Accused or Suspect in Grand Jury Proceedings
Attached to the invitation is a "Warning to Accused or Suspected Person." Under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 20.17(c), any accused or suspected person must be orally warned about their right to remain silent and have the assistance of counsel. If the person called to testify before the grand jury is a suspect in a crime, then the person will be warned of the following rights:
- if you are unable to obtain a criminal defense lawyer, you have the right to have a lawyer appointed to advise you before making an answer to a question if you feel that the answer might incriminate you;
- any testimony that you give may be used against you at any subsequent proceeding;
- you have the right to have a criminal defense attorney present outside this chamber to advise you before making answers to questions you feel might incriminate you;
- you have the right to refuse to make answers to any question if you believe the answer might incriminate you; and
- your testimony before the grand jury in Tarrant County, TX, will be taken under oath.
Questions Asked During a Grand Jury Investigation
If you choose to testify the prosecutor might do the following:
- show you a copy of any written statement given to the police and ask you to swear that each statement in that document is true;
- show you a copy of documents from your attorney and ask you to adopt the statement and explain the date, time, and details surrounding how that statement was taken;
- ask you to confirm or deny statements attributed to you by law enforcement officers, other witnesses, health-care professionals, or paramedics;
- ask you to explain what documents you reviews in preparation for your testimony;
- ask you to discuss what occurred when you made statements to the police to determine the voluntariness of those statements and undermine any claim of coercion;
- ask you about your education background and high school attendance so that those records can then be obtained by the prosecutor with a subpoena;
- ask you about your employer and immediate supervisor;
- ask you the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses you claim support your version of the events;
- ask whether you have a cell phone, the provider, and the phone number;
- ask whether you have any social media accounts;
- ask whether you have any arrests or convictions in any other states;
- ask whether you have been to any treatment center; or
- ask about any recreational or prescription medication that you take.
This article was last updated on Friday, April 28, 2017.