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Understanding the Grand Jury: Playing a Critical Role in the Legal System

By Spodek Law Group | June 3, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 27, 2023)

Last Updated on: 27th July 2023, 06:33 pm

Inside the Grand Jury: A Comprehensive Guide

Anyone accused of a crime must be well-acquainted with the grand jury process, an essential element of the entire legal system. This vital procedure influences the trajectory of any court case, ranging from potentially resulting in a plea agreement to instigating an all-out trial.

A grand jury consists of up to 23 individuals responsible for reviewing evidence in a case and deciding if an indictment is warranted. An indictment indicates a strong likelihood that the state could secure a conviction and validates the charges deemed against the defendant. However, the crucial distinction between a grand jury and a traditional trial is that a grand jury does not determine guilt or innocence. The verdict on a person’s guilt depends on either a plea arrangement or a decision from a conventional jury during a formal trial.

The Non-Involvement of a Defense Attorney

It’s crucial to comprehend that, throughout the grand jury process, there’s no involvement of a defense attorney in the courtroom. This situation favors the prosecutor, as they can present evidence and establish a narrative without restraint.

However, defense advocates like Todd Spodek and the Spodek Law Group still have the capacity to contest a prosecutor’s behavior and demand evidence suppression at subsequent pretrial hearings. In some scenarios, suppressing evidence during a hearing or trial might press a prosecutor to abandon the case altogether.

Grand Jury Authority: The Power to Subpoena

The grand jury wields the considerable authority to subpoena key materials, witness statements, and pertinent data relating to any case. This involves the supervising judge issuing an order requesting individuals to testify and provide crucial documents.

Ordinarily, the judge will approve any request to obtain information the grand jury needs to evaluate whether an indictment is justified. Non-compliance with a subpoena could result in sanctions for contempt of court, including penalties or imprisonment.

[h2>Determining Threshold: A Key Aspect

In contrast to a traditional trial, where the jury must come to a unanimous consensus on guilt, a grand jury merely needs a supermajority to advance to trial with a case.


Traditional Trial|Grand Jury
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Unanimous decision to find an individual guilty | Supermajority required to proceed to trial

[h2>When the Grand Jury Fails to Indict: The Potential Outcomes

The inability to secure an indictment tends to lead to some or all allegations against the defendant being dropped. In such cases, the prosecuting attorney might present new evidence to another grand jury depending on factors, such as the gravity of the offense and the extent of media attention.

Alternatively, the counsel might go ahead with the trial independent of how compelling the evidence, making it generally easier to negotiate a plea deal when there’s mutual agreement that the defense’s argument holds considerable merit.

Upon facing criminal charges, or anticipating being accused thereof, it is crucial to engage the services of a legal counsel. Although attorneys, like Todd Spodek and the Spodek Law Group, possess limited influence during the grand jury process, they can effectively prepare for the ensuing stages of the legal procedure. In doing so, they may gather witness testimonies, forensic evidence, and critical information that casts doubt on the prosecution’s argument.

A proficient attorney′s counsel can also cover the avoidance of discussing the lawsuit on social media platforms or in person, preventing any self-incriminating statements from being exploited against you during the trial. By practicing caution while communicating, coupled with engaging a highly skilled lawyer, you considerably enhance your chances of triumphantly navigating the legally tumultuous process.

About Todd Spodek and the Spodek Law Group
Todd Spodek, managing partner of the Spodek Law Group, is a seasoned attorney with experience representing clients in various legal matters. The Spodek Law Group is dedicated to providing competent and personalized legal assistance for its clients to navigate different stages of the court system. Todd’s practice focuses on various types of criminal defense, family law disputes, and personal injury claims. With a strong team of dedicated legal professionals, Todd Spodek and the Spodek Law Group are committed to tirelessly fighting for their clients’ rights and best interests to achieve favorable outcomes.

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