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What Does it Mean to be Indicted?
For stage of a criminal process – it has several stages. So you can be arrested, booked, then there can be a complaint, and then there’s an indictment. And an indictment only occurs after a grand jury has met. A grand jury is generally a group of people who have been summoned to appear to a grand juror, at grand juror’s for three days a week, for two to three times a month. They roughly hear thirty different stories or cases a day which are presented by a prosecutor, and then they get to decide whether to issue a true bill. So once a true bill has been signed, it determines that a probable cause exists, and an indictment will be issued. So the indictment can either be served in person or by certified mail. So if you’ve moved, the summons will be returned to the court and a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Eventually you’ll either be picked up by an officer who show up at your new address, or more likely you’d be stopped several years down the road for, say a minor traffic violation, and then be taken to jail.