Do I need a lawyer if I’m subpoenaed to testify?

I’ve been subpoenaed to testify against
my neighbor in a criminal case where
he unknowingly to my knowledge used
my vehicle to commit a crime

Asked on July 8, 2017 under Criminal Law, South Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You really only need an attorney to advise you and if necessary object to your testimony (either in whole or in part) if there is some reason to think that in answering questions about the neighbor and his unauthorized use of your vehicle, you may reveal information that could implicate you in this or another crime (or reveal something that might give someone grounds to sue you). If that is not a concern, you do not need an attorney.

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