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What Happens in a Federal Grand Jury?

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are federal agencies that investigate crimes and gather evidence for U.S. Attorneys. After the investigators provide government attorneys with evidence that a crime has been committed, the government attorney decides whether or not there is sufficient evidence to charge a perpetrator with a crime. If so, the government attorney will present the case to the federal grand jury.

The Grand Jury

Some crimes require that a grand jury be present in the courtroom. The purpose of the grand jury is for a group of citizens to make an unbiased decision about whether or not the evidence points toward a perpetrator’s guilt. In order to do this, 16 to 23 people must be chosen for the grand jury. For there to be an indictment in a case, at least 12 of the jurors must agree that there is sufficient evidence to support it. According to the Supreme Court, the U.S. Constitution requires that the federal government employ a grand jury if the case in question is a felony case.

The Process

The court selects a number of impartial citizens to sit on a grand jury. The potential jurors are chosen in the grand jury’s district or division. They are chosen in a way that gives everyone an equal opportunity to be chosen for the grand jury. Names of potential jurors come from registered voters or from other sources. The potential jurors receive a summons to appear, and the judge will select 23 eligible people to serve on the grand jury. Each member of the grand jury will be sworn to secrecy, and this obligation is enshrined in the oath that each member of the grand jury must take. The oath ensures that grand jurors cannot be pressured by associates of those accused of crimes.

In a potential felony case, the government attorney will present the evidence that the federal agencies listed above gathered. The government attorney will also call witnesses and draw an outline of the felony that the perpetrator is believed to have committed. It is the grand jury’s job to listen to the testimony and consider all of the evidence so that it can determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to charge the accused with a crime.

The Evidence

Along with hearing witness testimony, the grand jury also examines the documentary evidence. The government attorney will be the one to present this evidence to the grand jury. The grand jury can also ask for additional witness testimony. The government attorney may prepare the formal written indictment, but the attorney will not be allowed to remain in the room while the grand jury is deliberating or voting on the indictment.

The grand jury’s foreperson must swear the witnesses in before they may testify. First, the government attorney questions the witness and then the grand jury’s foreperson questions the witness. The grand jury’s members may question the witness after the foreperson. The witness has permission to leave the room to consult with his or her attorney, and the grand jury must not hold this conduct against the witness.

In some cases, witnesses decline to answer a question by invoking the Fifth Amendment. If the grand jury believes that it needs to force the witness to answer the question, it can ask the court to offer a ruling on the matter.

The accused individual will not be asked to testify in most cases. This will also not be the time for witnesses to testify on behalf of the accused individual.

Deliberations

After all of the evidence has been presented, the grand jury will retire to a private area where jurors can discuss whether or not a crime has occurred. The grand jury decides whether or not a crime has been committed and whether or not the person accused of committing the crime should be indicted. Every grand juror has the opportunity to express his or her views on the matter at hand, and everyone is required to listen to each member. The grand jury will only take a vote after every juror has the chance to be heard.

After deliberations are over and the grand jury decides to indict the accused, the jury or its foreperson will inform the judge of its decision. The jury may also decide not to indict. In this instance, the foreperson will send a written note to the judge so that the accused may be released from prison.

The Aftermath

Everything that the witnesses say about a crime or a suspect and all of the proceedings would be sealed. Then, the only people with knowledge about what was said in court would be members of the grand jury.

After the defendant has been charged, he or she is entitled to hire a federal criminal defense attorney. If the defendant cannot afford to pay for a private lawyer, the government will appoint a public defender to the case. The public defender will be known as the “defense attorney,” and he or she will represent the defendant’s interests during the trial.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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