Do I need a lawyer if I am under a subpoena to appear as a witness in a murder case?

I am being called to the stand to testify with information that can possibly lead to an answer in a murder case. I preferably do not want to be involved but its too late now.

Asked on July 9, 2012 under Criminal Law, California


Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You may want to confer with an attorney.  There are really two key things for you to understand:

1) lying is perjury and you can go to jail and be fined;

2) If an answer to any question might incriminate yourself, then you have a right under the 5th amendment not to answer.  You would state, "I have to invoke my 5th amendment with regard to that question."


Best of luck.

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