Many people have had the experience of receiving a subpoena, which is basically a court order to appear and provide testimony or documents at a deposition, for a grand jury, or at a trial. Quite often, the person who receives the subpoena needs legal advice on how to handle the situation. The person receiving a subpoena might wish to assert his or her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. Sometimes, the person who has been subpoenaed might have received privileged information from another person that he or she does not want to divulge. If the subpoena asks for documents, the person who got the subpoena might need to decide whether they can or should produce those items.
Representing a witness can be a very complicated matter for an attorney. On the one hand, the lawyer needs to aggressively protect his or her client's rights and privileged information. On the other hand, if the subpoena is issued by a prosecutor, investigator or grand jury, the lawyer needs to weigh whether fighting against the subpoena might do more harm than good. Helping the client make this decision requires a criminal defense attorney who knows the law, understands how prosecutions are handled, and who is able to come up to speed in a relatively short time.
At Kish & Lietz, we gladly take on witness representation. We enjoy helping our clients get through these stressful situations with the minimum hassle and the maximum protection. If you need help in such a situation, please feel free to call us at (404) 588-3991, or contact us online.