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Standing Fearlessly Alongside You In Grand Jury Proceedings

Facing a South Carolina grand jury is intimidating. Your fate lies in the hands of strangers who do not know you or your story. As a dedicated criminal defense attorney with over 25 years of legal acumen, I, William Yarborough, am here to protect you through this complex process.

When you’re charged with serious crimes, including federal offenses, you need someone who understands the intricacies of criminal defense in our city and state. My background as a former assistant U.S. attorney, state prosecutor and public defender has equipped me with a unique perspective on both sides of the courtroom.

How Do Grand Jury Investigations Work?

When you’re subpoenaed by a grand jury, you’re thrust into a critical stage of the legal process. A grand jury has the job of deciding whether the state has sufficient evidence to charge you with a crime. This is not the same thing as a trial, in which a jury issues a guilty or not guilty verdict. Still, the stakes are high. The outcome profoundly impacts your life. It’s vital to have a criminal defense lawyer who can protect your rights and navigate the complexities of the legal system.

I Have Handled Many Grand Jury Cases

Grand juries delve into a wide range of criminal cases, from white collar crimes to major felonies and federal charges. As your criminal defense attorney, I’ll work tirelessly to ensure your voice is heard, whether you’re a defendant or a witness. I frequently help people collaborate with the district attorney’s office in exchange for their testimony as a witness. With my comprehensive understanding of the legal system and law enforcement investigations, I’ll strive to provide the most effective representation possible, tailored to the specifics of your case.

Frequently Asked Questions On State Grand Jury Defense

Facing a grand jury investigation can be an intimidating and confusing experience. Understanding the process and knowing what to expect can help ease some of the stress. Below, I’ve compiled answers to some frequently asked questions about state grand jury investigations.

What’s the difference between a state grand jury and a trial jury?

A state grand jury and a trial jury serve different purposes in the judicial system. A grand jury’s role is to determine whether there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime, while a trial jury decides the guilt or innocence of a defendant during a trial.

Grand jury proceedings are secret, and only the jurors, prosecutor and witnesses are present. In contrast, trial jury proceedings are public, and both the defense and prosecution present their cases before the jury reaches a verdict.

What kind of crimes does the South Carolina state grand jury investigate?

The South Carolina state grand jury primarily investigates serious and complex crimes, such as:

  • Drug trafficking: Involving the manufacturing, distribution and sale of illegal drugs, often on a large scale
  • Drug conspiracy cases: Two or more people who agree to partner in the commission of drug crimes.
  • Corruption: Including bribery, embezzlement and other forms of misconduct by public officials
  • Securities fraud: Such as insider trading, Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent activities related to financial markets
  • Large-scale theft: Encompassing significant theft operations, including identity theft, cybercrime and organized retail crime

They handle cases that often involve multiple jurisdictions or sophisticated criminal enterprises.

If I’ve been subpoenaed by the South Carolina state grand jury, does that mean they think I’m guilty of something?

Being subpoenaed by the state grand jury does not necessarily mean you are suspected of a crime. It means that the grand jury believes you may have information relevant to their investigation. You could be called as a witness, a person of interest or to provide documents. It’s important to consult with an experienced attorney if you receive a subpoena to understand your rights and obligations.

Protect Your Rights With A Grand Jury Attorney – Free Consultations

You don’t have to face grand jury investigations alone. With my extensive experience and commitment to justice, I’m prepared to stand by your side. Contact my Greenville office at 864-326-3026 or send me an email today for a free consultation.