I was told that my case was dismissed to the Grand Jury
A Grand Jury is a secret hearing where a group of people decide if there is probable cause to hold your case over for trial. Consisting of 16 grand jurors, a prosecutor, and the government's witness. The governments witness is typically the Police.
The Grand Jury's role is to determine if probable cause exists to formally charge a defendant with a crime. Generally the defendant and his/her attorney are not allowed to attend unless the defendant specifically requests to testify at the Grand Jury and the grand jurors wish to hear from the defendant.
If the Grand Jury finds probable cause they "hand up" an indictment. An Indictment will be filed against you in Maricopa County if you have been criminally charged with a felony and it will list the formal criminal felony charges against you.
If you have been indicted by the Grand Jury you are most likely facing serious felony charges and I strongly encourage you to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you.
Finding the best possible Criminal Defense Lawyer in Maricopa CountyI suggest the following when researching a criminal defense attorney to represent you.
- Research Criminal Defense Lawyers Online. Excellent places to check are AVVO.com, NOLO.com and SuperLawyers.com
- If you are curious about a Criminal Defense Lawyer, or want to learn more about their qualifications simply give them a call
- Have a consultation with the Lawyer
- Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer who is extremely experienced in Criminal law
- Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer who belongs to Criminal Defense Organizations and is an active member. Check out sites such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ)
- Hire a DUI Lawyer who has handled numerous cases and has Criminal Defense Jury Trial experience.