Summoned as Witness or Receive a Subpoena Duces Tecum?
.....If you receive a summons, a subpoena, or a subpoena duces tecum, you should have the opportunity to consult with a lawyer for advice before you have to appear, testify, and produce evidence such as documents. Will testifying or producing documents result in you facing criminal charges or a lawsuit? Is there a privilege from testifying or producing evidence? You need the answers to your questions.
.....Beware that the opportunity to consult with a lawyer does not mean that you have unlimited time in which to do so. If you appear for a hearing without a lawyer, the court, grand jury, Congress, or the Maryland General Assembly may find that you have waived your right to counsel, if it finds that you have had sufficient time to get an attorney.
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Last revised: May 13, 2017