What Happens in a Federal Grand Jury?


If you’re under investigation for a federal criminal offense, you’re likely seeking more information about your situation. Learning about the process is a wise step to take, because it will help you make decisions that may have a life-long impact. When you partner with Grabel & Associates, you gain a great source of information. Our federal attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience working in Federal law, and are committed to explaining every step of your case to you. We believe in empowering you to make decisions, putting control of your future back in your hands. We’ll take the time to explain terms and processes to you, alleviating any confusion you may have. If you want to learn more about how Grabel & Associates can help you in your federal criminal case, call us toll-free. Members of our staff are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have and to provide you with a free initial case consultation to get you on track to receiving your desired outcome.

What Is a Grand Jury?

If you’re facing federal charges, you may appear before a grand jury. A grand jury consists of anywhere from 16-23 members called to serve, similar to a regular court trial jury. The grand jury works alongside the prosecutor, and is responsible for deciding whether to bring criminal charges against a potential defendant. If a grand jury is used in your case, it will be one of the first procedures in your criminal trial. If you’ve faced a grand jury and were charged with a crime, contact Grabel & Associates as soon as possible. The more time we have to develop your defense strategy, the better chance you have at achieving a favorable outcome.

Grand Jury Proceedings

Unlike a trial, grand jury proceedings often do not involve lawyers and are kept in strict confidence. This was designed to protect the potential defendant’s reputation, just in case the jury decided not to indict him or her. This secrecy also frees witnesses to speak openly, without any fear of potential repercussions. The grand jury will start with the prosecutor explaining the law to the jury members. Next, they will work together to gather evidence and hear testimony. While the process is rather casual, there are still strict guidelines that evidence submitted must conform to. Once the grand jury has examined the evidence, they must come to a decision about whether or not to indict the accused. The decision does not have to be unanimous, but a 2/3 or 3/4 majority is required. If the jury decides that there is not enough evidence to indict, the prosecutor may still choose to bring the potential defendant to trial. He or she will have to work to convince the judge that there is substantial evidence, and if he or she is successful, there will be a formal trial.

If your case is being heard by a grand jury, contact the team at Grabel & Associates. We can start working on ways to protect you from an unjust decision and will fight to keep you out of court. We have ample experience working in criminal defense, and are ready to put our knowledge to work in your case. Call us now at 1-800-342-7896 to get on track to being successful in your case.

If you’re involved in a federal criminal case, it’s never too early to contact an attorney. You’re facing serious repercussions, such as large fines and jail time, which could have a negative impact on your future. With so much on the line, you want the best defense possible. As soon as you reach out to the team at Grabel & Associates, you’ll have some of the brightest minds in Michigan criminal law working on a defense strategy for you. Our proven results showcase our skill and immense knowledge, making it easier for you to trust us with your future. We are dedicated to doing everything in our power to protect your legal rights and seek to earn you the best available results. We’ll explain every step of the process, making it easier for you to navigate the confusion that often surrounds federal criminal cases. Reach out to us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

Contact Grabel & Associates for 24/7 Federal Criminal Defense

If your case is being heard by a grand jury, it’s time to secure the services of a top-tier defense attorney. While attorneys are sometimes not involved in this process, it could be the difference between beating the accusations and heading to trial. Our talented team is available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us toll-free at 1-800-342-7896 or reach out via our online contact form.