Indictment

What Does It Mean To Be Indicted?

An indictment is a formal criminal charge by a grand jury. It means that the grand jury (a group of citizens called by the federal prosecutor) believes that there is enough evidence to prove that a crime has been committed and that it is likely you were the one who committed it.

In the federal system, a grand jury indictment is the formal start of a case. By this time, it is very important to get an opportunity to consult a lawyer. Read more about federal defense attorney Patrick Roberts here, or call 800-760-9071 to request a consultation with the North Carolina law firm of Roberts Law Group, PLLC.

If you have not already been arrested on the federal charges, you will either be summoned to appear or an arrest warrant will be issued to bring you in.

Does An Indictment Mean That You Are Guilty?

A grand jury does not determine guilt. Being indicted for a crime is not the same as a conviction. However, an indictment does indicate that the federal prosecutor has strong evidence against you. The grand jury process can be avoided if you decide to waive the indictment process, but that choice should be weighed only with the help of an experienced defense lawyer.

If You've Been Indicted, Seek Legal Help

If you face a federal grand jury, talk to an attorney before waiving indictment. An indictment may lead to plea offers from the prosecutor. Determining the best course of action should involve a serious discussion with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney, who may be able to negotiate a favorable plea bargain, argue for the exclusion of key evidence, or advance a valid defense and fight for your at trial.

North Carolina vs. M.W.
Charge: Charge: Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon (4 Counts), First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon
Facing: 12 - 17 years in prison
Result: Dismissed

An incarcerated defendant accused our client of participating in the robbery of a group of youth at a party. We were able to raise doubt as to the credibility of this individual. In the end, the prosecutor dismissed these charges, citing a lack of evidence.