How Immunity Works In A Federal Criminal Case

You hear it on crime shows all the time. A defendant stares meaningfully at a law enforcement officer who is trying to get information from him. The defendant says: “I want immunity.”

In TVland, the defendant almost always gets immunity, and the law enforcement officers charge off after the big fish bad guy. On television shows, immunity always means the character won’t be prosecuted. They’ll probably enter the witness protection program.

Television is not real life. Some forms of immunity don’t protect you from prosecution at all.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Jeffery Greco

Jeffery Greco is an attorney providing legal services covering Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense: White Collar and Criminal Defense: DUI / DWI. Jeffery Greco, who practices law in New York, New York, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2020 - 2023. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors. Prior to becoming an attorney, he studied at South Texas College of Law Houston. He graduated in 2004. After passing the bar exam, he was admitted to legal practice in 2005.

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