What Is Indictment


What is an indictment? An indictment is simply a formal legal accusation by the prosecutor that a defendant has committed a crime against another person. In most jurisdictions that use the word felony, the most severe criminal offense is a felony; other jurisdictions which do not use this felony term may instead use an impeachable offense, an act which requires an impeachment resolution. An impeachable offense is one that is punishable by not more than two years in jail. In both felony and impeachable offenses, there are elements required for proof of the crime. These elements are admissible hearsay, which is statements by witnesses who are willing to testify to the elements of the crime.

What is an indictment, then, if a crime has been committed? The grand jury, which is generally a group of citizens that meet to hear the case, meets with the prosecutor to discuss the evidence and to determine what is best for the public and what will be sufficient to accuse the defendant. In many instances, after the grand jury presents its findings to the district attorney, the prosecutor presents his findings to the judge who decides what will be done about the charges.

What is an indictment, then, if the charges are merely suspicion? This means that there may be insufficient evidence to support a case, but there is still an element of suspicion which must be proven. In many jurisdictions, this element is considered “prima facie,” which means that it is present only after the crime has been completed or there is reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed. In this instance, there is not yet an accusation, but there is an investigation.

What is an indictment, then, if the case has not been brought before a grand jury? If there is no probable cause to prove the crime, there is no need to present it to a grand jury. Indictment in this instance does not mean that there is necessarily a finding of guilt. Indictment can be related to other elements of a case, such as proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the most significant standard in criminal cases. Once the prosecution presents its evidence to the judge, it is up to the judge to determine whether or not the evidence warrants a complaint against the defendant.

What is an indictment, then, if a defendant has been charged with a crime but does not actually have committed? If a defendant is not on trial for a criminal offense, he is not under arrest and has not been indicted. Indictment in this instance refers to the power given prosecutors to bring a criminal into court and accuse him of the crime. Indictment occurs in federal cases, when the government uses methods or tactics to bring a defendant into federal court, rather than state court.

What is an indictment, then, if a person is charged with a crime in one state but not in another? States differ on the laws regarding what is an indictment, as do the federal laws concerning indictment. Federal laws provide for automatic indictment whenever crimes are committed within the United States, regardless of where the crimes are committed. This is referred to as “unlawful procurement.”

What is an indictment, then, in the case of a state prosecution? In a state such as California, a grand jury must issue an indictment before a defendant can be tried. An indictment is issued only after a grand jury has “omitted” a witness or evidence during the grand jury proceedings. The grand jury is then directed to start an investigation of the charged crime. If the grand jury does not find sufficient evidence to support an indictment, then it is discharged and the case is dismissed. However, if the grand jury does issue an indictment and there is sufficient evidence to support a charge, then the accused is immediately brought to trial.

Indictment is the formal charge against a person for a criminal offense. The phrase “the person accused of a crime” typically refers to the person accused of a specific crime. Indictments are used in civil and criminal courtrooms as well as in the military and other types of federal and state courts. In a criminal case, an indictment is often accompanied by a complaint. A complaint is the statement that follows the findings of the grand jury in the case. There are differences between what is indictment and what is complaint, though both words mean the same thing.