Preparing Your Client to Testify Before a Grand Jury

Streams live on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 11:30am EST

Taught by
$ 89 Criminal and Litigation In Stock
Get started now

$299 / year - Access to this Course and 1,500+ Lawline courses


Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Advanced
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Litigation

Course Description

Depending on the jurisdiction, if your client has been arrested or is the subject of an ongoing government investigation, they may have a right or opportunity to testify before a grand jury on their own behalf. Making a sworn statement or testifying in any proceeding is a serious event that requires guidance from a skilled attorney. For a criminal defendant or a target of a government investigation, there may be no higher-stakes situation than testifying before a grand jury. A successful outcome may result in the dismissal or reduction of criminal charges or the conclusion of an investigation without criminal charges ever being filed. On the other hand, a negative result could not only lead to an indictment or other instrument being filed against your client but also possible perjury or obstruction of justice charges against them. 

This course, presented by Andrew M. J. Bernstein, Leader of Sichenzia Ross Ference LLP’s White-Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, will cover how to effectively prepare a client, who is either a defendant in a criminal case or a target of a government investigation, to testify before a grand jury.

This program will benefit criminal defense practitioners who represent clients facing pre-indictment felony charges or individuals or corporations who are the target of a grand jury investigation. Additionally, the skills taught in this course are valuable to any lawyer who may need to prepare a client to make a sworn statement or give sworn testimony in any type of proceeding.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the possible ramifications and consequences any time a client gives a sworn statement or testifies under oath, and the importance of honesty and good faith
  2. Gauge the honesty, accuracy, and “believability” of what your client has to say
  3. Discuss the importance of credibility, and your client’s appearance and presentation
  4. Effectively prepare your client to testify honestly while providing the grand jury with the facts that are consistent with their legal defense or their narrative of the events
  5. Employ useful techniques and methods while preparing your client testify without “over prepping”

Credit Information

After completing this course, Lawline will report your attendance information to {{ accredMasterState.state.name }}. Please ensure your license number is filled out in your profile to ensure timely reporting. For more information, see our {{ accredMasterState.state.name }} CLE Requirements page . After completing this course, {{ accredMasterState.state.name }} attorneys self-report their attendance and CLE compliance. For more information on how to report your CLE courses, see our {{ accredMasterState.state.name }} CLE Requirements FAQ .


Andrew Bernstein

Sichenzia Ross Ference LLP

Andrew M. J. Bernstein is a Partner and Chair of the White-Collar Defense and Investigations Practice at Sichenzia Ross Ference LLP, a full-service corporate, securities, and litigation law firm with offices in New York City and Israel.

Andrew is an experienced federal and state trial lawyer. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, representing licensed professionals in misconduct and disciplinary proceedings, and advising corporations on regulatory matters and in commercial transactions. He has tried over twenty-five criminal cases to verdict in federal and state courts, ranging from allegations of fraud, embezzlement, conspiracy, racketeering, and money laundering to murder and federal weapons possession. In addition to his trial and pre-trial litigation successes, Andrew has helped many clients under government investigation or subpoena avoid criminal charges and other sanctions altogether.

Andrew represents corporations across a broad spectrum of industries. His diverse individual clientele includes corporate officers, directors, members of the financial services industry as well as doctors, lawyers, artists and musicians. Andrew frequently represents individuals and corporations who are the target of a grand jury or regulatory investigation or have been served with a grand jury or trial subpoena. Additionally, Andrew is a member of the federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panels for both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Prior to joining Sichenzia Ross Ference LLP, Andrew was a founding Partner of a boutique criminal defense and civil rights litigation firm. Before entering private practice, Andrew began his legal career as a Trial Attorney at The Legal Aid Society’s Manhattan Criminal Defense Practice, where he represented over 1,500 criminal defendants.

Andrew frequently lectures on all matters of criminal defense with a particular focus on defending against white-collar investigations and representing corporations and individuals subpoenaed to appear before federal and state grand juries. In 2020, he has lectured extensively for the New York State Bar Association and Lawline on topics concerning grand juries and investigations. Andrew is a faculty member of the New York State Bar Association’s Trial Academy, held yearly at Cornell Law School. For the past few years, Andrew has hosted a series of criminal defense CLEs in New York City entitled “Being Heard at Hearings,” which featured some of the top criminal defense practitioners in the metro area. He has also guest lectured at Cardozo School of Law and Touro Law School and has previously served as a faculty member at The Legal Aid Society’s New Lawyer Training Program.

Andrew graduated with honors from Touro Law School in 2011, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Moot Court and recipient of multiple graduation awards for academic achievement and student leadership. While in law school, Andrew was a Research Assistant to noted criminal defense and human rights lawyer and Distinguished Professor of Law, Richard Daniel Klein. He earned his bachelors degree in Crime, Law & Justice from The Pennsylvania State University in 2006.