A federal criminal indictment is a formal accusation that a person committed a crime. An indictment is a charging document that is used to put the accused on notice that they are being accused of violating federal law. The indictment is not substantive evidence of any wrong doing and is merely an accusation.
An indictment is obtained when the Assistant U.S. Attorney (prosecutor), presents evidence to a federal grand jury showing that, according to the government, the accused committed a specific crime or crimes. At the conclusion of the grand jury hearing, if the grand jury agrees that the accused probably committed a crime, then they issue an indictment (charging document). After the indictment is issued, the accused is either summoned to court or arrested (if not already under arrest), depending on the severity of the crime.
For more information on Federal Indictments please call Fort Lauderdale Federal Criminal Defense Attorney David J. Sobel at 954-383-3000.