Counsel to a Witness
.....As your attorney when you receive a summons, a subpoena, or a subpoena duces tecum, I meet with you, examine what you received, confirm the law, and develop a strategy for your goals. After I gather as much information as I can about your case, I advise you about how the evidence and the law affect you, and I help you identify risks and evaluate your options. I provide you with my professional opinion about whether the order is valid, whether you have a privilege to assert, and your chances of success. Even if you do not agree with my recommendation, I respect your decision. Only you can decide what risks and consequences you can tolerate.
.....If you assert a privilege, I litigate the issue for you. When you have to decide whether to testify and produce evidence, I advise you. In fact, I go with you when you testify, in case you need to consult with me about answering specific questions. Although I cannot answer the questions on your behalf, and I cannot go into a grand jury room with you, I can be in a courtroom, Congressional hearing room, or General Assembly hearing room with you. You may ask to consult with me at any time during questioning about answering specific questions.
.....While no lawyer can guarantee the result in a case, I do my best to protect you, your relationships, and your career. I am careful and thougtful for you, because these may be your most difficult challenges when you are a witness, and other people may use what you say or your personal information to hurt you. I understand how courts and lawyers work.
.....Keep in mind that I will need time to prepare your case, which involves meeting with you, reading the summons, subpoena, or subpoena duces tecum, investigating the facts, researching the law, and developing a strategy for you. Remember that the opportunity to consult with a lawyer does not mean that you have unlimited time. If I have to ask for additional time to prepare your case, the court, grand jury, Congress, or the Maryland General Assembly may deny the request, if it finds that you have had sufficient time already. Sometimes postponements are denied, even though you have just retained counsel, who has had no opportunity to prepare. In addition, over time witnesses, who are necessary for you, can become unavailable, or their memories can fade. Records, that are essential for you, can be lost or destroyed. If you wait to seek counsel, you will prevent me from doing all that I can do for you.
.....The pages and links on this web site are provided as a public service and on an informational basis only. They do not provide a comprehensive statement of the law, and no one should rely on these materials as legal advice. If you have a legal problem or question, you should consult with an attorney, who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation. Although I answer all e-mail and telephone calls, this does not constitute legal representation. I am not your lawyer, until we make an agreement and I receive my fee. In order to protect your confidentiality, please call to discuss your concerns. E-mail is not a confidential means of communication, because it can be intercepted by anyone. The initial consultation is free.
Last revised: May 13, 2017