Investigations and Grand Jury Cases

State and Federal Grand Juries and Investigations

Most experienced criminal defense lawyers agree that the best time to go to work for a client is as early in the case as possible--ideally, even before the charges have been formally filed. If you have reason to believe that you are under state or federal investigation for any serious crime, contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at the Jardine Law Offices in Salt Lake City. The sooner we can go to work protecting your interests, the more effectively we can represent you.

The decision whether to charge a person with a crime related to a particularly complex state or federal investigation is usually left to a grand jury. The grand jury hears evidence from the prosecution without the suspect's participation, and decides whether to issue an indictment, or formal criminal charges. In cases involving a complicated drug conspiracy, pattern of fraud, or public corruption, the grand jury proceedings can go on for weeks or months. If you are approached by law enforcement agents or if you receive a subpoena to testify before the grand jury, you have probably already been implicated in the crimes under investigation, and it would be a good idea to seek legal advice immediately.

While some complex state offenses are charged by grand jury indictment after a lengthy investigation, the opportunity to obtain legal advice prior to formal charges is more common in serious federal cases involving fraud or other white collar crimes, drug conspiracies, and certain sex offenses involving minors or the Internet.

Utah criminal defense lawyer Joseph Jardine can represent your interests with the prosecution as soon as you become aware of your own involvement in a criminal investigation. He can clarify your status as a target, subject, witness, or other person of interest in the investigation. He can also advise you about the best way to cooperate with the investigation without jeopardizing your own interests. In some cases, he can also begin an independent investigation designed to deflect unfavorable attention away from you and put the government on notice that you will not be easy to convict.

Early intervention on your behalf in a criminal investigation can mean that you will never have to fact the most serious charges that could be brought against you. If you need advice about responding to a subpoena, cooperating with an investigation, providing grand jury testimony, or negotiating immunity in exchange for evidence in a state or federal court proceeding, contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney at the Jardine Law Offices for a free consultation.