By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
What is a Grand Jury:
A Grand Jury is a panel that decides whether a felony should be indicted or not. The DA’s office can file misdemeanors on their own, however, to file felony charges a grand jury must agree there is probable cause.
Grand jury meetings are secretive and confidential. The public has no access to their deliberations. Typically they deliberate matters brought before them by the District Attorneys office. Here is a link to some technical and historical information about Texas grand juries.
Grand Jury Findings
Grand juries can do several things with cases they hear. They can issue a true bill which equals a felony indictment or they can issue a no-bill turning the case down. Occasionally they will charge a person with a misdemeanor instead of a felony through indictment. After a true bill…
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