If you have been accused of a federal crime in North Carolina, you may have a lot of questions about the legal process you are about to experience. Prosecution for federal crimes generally gains momentum when a defendant is officially charged. However, this process is somewhat different from that used to address lower-level crimes. Today, we walk you through the process of being formally charged with a federal offense.
Potential felony charges require prosecutors to submit evidence to an impartial group of citizens who are known as a grand jury. The grand jury may call witnesses to testify, and evidence will be presented to support the prosecutor's case. An outline of the case is also provided. The grand jury will vote to determine whether enough evidence exists to charge the individual with the crime. Grand juries can either recommend the case for prosecution or decide not to charge the defendant based on the evidence.