First, it is important to know how a grand jury proceeding works. A grand jury is made up of a group of people from the community that are called to hear evidence on whether a crime should be charged. This proceeding is not to decide whether you are guilty or not guilty. This is an important step in the criminal process and you will benefit greatly from speaking with an attorney before deciding to attend the grand jury proceeding.
One of the most important rights that you have at all stages, including at grand jury, is the right to not make statements that can be used against you. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution gives you the right to avoid answering any questions that would incriminate you. A criminal defendant does not ever have to take the stand and testify on his or her own behalf in most cases.
You will not receive a warrant for not attending a grand jury proceeding and it will continue without your participation. Call us today so we can discuss your options and we can assist you in making an informed decision on whether to attend.