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A robbery victim had a conversation about acquiring drugs with

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A robbery victim had a conversation about acquiring drugs with the perpetrator prior to being robbed. police arrived on the scene nearly immediately while the robbery was in process. The victim has been informed that he will be subpoened to testify before a grand jury relating to this matter.   What steps should the victim take to protect themselves?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  socrateaser replied 8 years ago.

If the victim/witness believes that his/her grand jury testimony may incriminate him/herself, then the witness may decide to assert the right to remain silent to all of the questions asked, or to request and obtain immunity from prosecution as a prerequisite to giving any testimony.

 

Evidence elicited during the grand jury questioning could be used to develop a case against the victim, so testifying openly, if the victim believes he/she is at risk of prosecution, could be perilous.

 

Note, also, that there is no right to be represented by legal counsel at a grand jury hearing.

 

The victim is STRONGLY urged to consult with a criminal defense attorney prior to testifying before a grand jury.

 

 

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