What is a Grand Jury? What does it mean if my case went to the Grand Jury?

by Aaron Black • March 25, 2012
The Grand Jury is a secret proceeding that consists of 16 grand jurors, a prosecutor, and the government's witness (typically a cop). 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.

A Grand Jury's role is to determine if probable cause exists to formally charge a defendant with a crime. If the Grand Jury finds probable cause they "hand up" an Indictment. An indictment is the formal charging document which lists the charge(s) against a defendant.

If you have been indicted by the Grand Jury you are most likely facing serious felony charges. A felony conviction can ruin your life. If your case was dismissed to the Grand Jury in Phoenix, you more than likely declined to accept your plea offer resulting in your case being dismissed to the Grand Jury. Please understand that by no means was your case dismissed.

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.

When choosing a criminal Defense Lawyer do your homework by checking on their qualifications. For example, are they listed in the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, are the rated by Martindale-Hubbell and of course are they listed on AVVO? I also encourage you to ask for recommendations from people that you trust, search online and interview several attorneys before making a decision.

If you have been indicted in Arizona contact Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Aaron Black. Aaron is recognized as a 2012 Super Lawyer Rising Star in Criminal Defense (Top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 in Arizona and New Mexico). He is rated 10/10 on AVVO.com, and is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Lawyer (the highest level of professional excellence).