NJ ISSUANCE OF INDICTMENT OR NO BILL
Understanding Grand Jury Decisions: Indictments and No Bills Explained
When facing criminal charges, the fate of an accused rests on the decision that the Grand Jury will make after the presentation of the prosecutor’s case. The panel’s decision can lead to either an indictment or a “No Bill,” which can have severe consequences. As such, it is crucial to retain an experienced defense attorney who can gather and present exculpatory evidence before grand jury presentation.
At Todd Spodek Law Group, we specialize in developing and presenting defenses that may lead to a No Bill. Our attorneys are available at 212-300-5196 for a consultation without obligation.
What happens when the Grand Jury returns an indictment?
An indictment is issued when members of the Grand Jury find enough evidence to establish probable cause indicating that an indictable offense has occurred. Following this decision by the New Jersey grand jury, prosecutors prepare a formal charging document known as the indictment. This document outlines essential material facts about the alleged offense, recites violated laws, and indicates its degree.
Consequences of a No Bill from the Grand Jury
If there is insufficient evidence for an indictment, then a No Bill is returned by the Grand Jury. In this case, the felony charges filed against defendant in criminal complaints are immediately dismissed. It is essential to note that if the defendant was in custody before such proceedings occur, continued detention is only possible if there are other valid reasons besides allegations.
If you require representation or have any further questions regarding these matters, feel free to contact our attorneys at Todd Spodek Law Group at 212-300-5196 for a consultation without obligation.
Understanding Indictments vs. No Bills
The following table provides clarity on how indictments differ from no bills when it comes to grand jury decisions:
Possible Outcome if: The Grand Jury Concludes There’s Probable CauseA formal charging document (indictment) is produced and outlines: The facts of the offense against the defendant,The laws violatedThe degree of punishment for the offense
Possible Outcome if: The Grand Jury finds Insufficient Evidence
The Grand Jury gives a bill of indictment provided there’s enough evidence to prove probable cause that an intermittent crime occurred
The Grand Jury gives a No Bill if they determine that there is no cause to indict.
Evidence offered during grand jury hearing including evidence supporting defendant’s innocence are presented during trial before a judge and jury
The criminal charges filed against the defendant are dismissed
Indictable criminal cases in New Jersey require an indictment following grand jury hearings
No Bills result in immediate dismissal of charges
Contact Todd Spodek Law Group for Legal Representation
At Todd Spodek Law Group, we understand the importance of ensuring that prosecutors have enough evidence before grand jury presentation to avoid accused individuals’ indictment. Our attorneys can help you build your defense by collecting relevant evidence and presenting it to prosecutors effectively.
With our expertise, you can increase your chances of obtaining a No Bill or avoiding possible convictions through vigorous representation. Contact us today at 212-300-5196 without obligation.
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