Q. “What if I feel like cooperating with the Feds, even if I’m the target of the Grand Jury, and I get a grand jury subpoena?” A. “Read this first,” warns federal criminal defense lawyer John M. Castellano

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Call me directly a the office and I’ll tell you the real deal on what to expect in virtually any and every scenario or situation, but until then, here is just a little heads up:

Example excerpts of a FEDERAL confirming representation letter, *IF the accused client decides to enter into a “substantial assistance” agreement and cooperate with the prosecution:

Potential cooperation; “ substantial assistance”

“To be sure, the agents and the federal prosecutor are typically quite interested in receiving a proffer from defendants (or people like each of you, i.e., “targets” of a Grand Jury/U.S. Attorney’s investigation), and they may soon appear to be anxious to get busy ‘working’ with us. Notwithstanding this fact and the apparent eagerness of the involved law enforcement officials, they are NOT going to help us with a manageable or low bond — or later at sentencing, until such time as we meet with them in the courthouse or at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, to allow for your thorough debriefing (i.e. thorough their questioning of you) in the presence of the agents and the prosecutor.” — Federal criminal defense attorney John Castellano

“In short, they will not allow themselves to be “hoodwinked” and fooled by a defendant (or his lawyer) who may be pretending to have a willingness to cooperate, only then to have a change of heart and a change of mind after being released from jail on a low bond, after receiving law enforcement’s help, etc.”

“That scenario has happened more than once to these law enforcement officials over the years; and, therefore, the federal prosecutor and assigned agents are going to ensure that we are not jerking them around or giving them only half information. They already have much of the information you possess and the initial debriefing will essentially be a test of your veracity (truthfulness), so obviously you need to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

“If you decide to cooperate with the federal prosecutor and the involved Special Agents, you need to know up front that you cannot attempt to minimize your role in the involved activities or businesses. If you do any of that “minimizing” or lying during your debriefing with prosecutors and agents, then they will essentially say “all bets are off,” and they will refuse to work with you; and, should that happen, you will remain at the highest sentencing guideline range. If you want the assistance of the federal prosecutor and these agents at the time of your sentencing (i.e., many months or even a year from now) to bring that number of months down quite dramatically to a sentence you can live with, then you cannot lie or be perceived to be lying.” — Florida federal criminal defense lawyer John Castellano

Looking forward to a successful result for you and your family, I remain,

Privileged to help you,

John Castellano



About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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