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Grand Jury Process in Memphis, TN

Criminal court cases that go through the grand jury in Memphis, TN follows a similar process as most major counties across Tennessee. As we previously wrote about here, the majority of criminal court cases in Memphis, TN start at the General Sessions court level. If your case cannot be resolved and disposed of in General Sessions court, then the matter will be bound over to the grand jury. While most misdemeanor cases are resolved at the General Sessions level, many felony charges will usually go to the grand jury for indictment and subsequent proceedings in Shelby County Criminal Court.

When Are Cases Presented To A Grand Jury?

Cases will usually proceed to the grand jury for presentment after a preliminary hearing at the General Sessions level or a signed waiver bind-over voluntarily submitting the case to the grand jury for indictment. The grand jury is comprised of a group of individuals who will listen to prosecutor and witness statements to determine if there is sufficient evidence to charge an individual with the crime presented. The accused and their legal representative do not appear at the hearings nor do they present any evidence on their behalf.

What To Expect At Grand Jury Proceedings

At the grand jury proceedings, they can choose to either issue an indictment for further proceedings or choose to issue a “no true bill,” which is basically a dismissal of the charges. In some instances, a prosecutor will submit a case directly to the grand jury for indictment without ever presenting the case at the General Sessions court level. This is called a “sealed indictment.”

What Happens If You’re Indicted

If you are indicted, you will receive notice in the mail of your assigned courtroom and the date on which to appear. Your case will then start over and you as the accused will have the right to discovery and a jury trial, should your attorney request such.

Making Sense Of A Criminal Indictment

Facing a criminal indictment in Memphis, TN can be confusing, nerve-racking, and scary. Having the right criminal defense attorney can make all the difference. Upon receiving a criminal indictment, the criminal defense attorneys at The Chiozza Law Firm will walk you through the court process during a free, confidential consultation.

Chiozza Law Can Help You Face A Grand Jury

The Chiozza Law Firm has many years of Memphis courtroom experience, handling cases from general Sessions court thru the grand jury presentment and criminal court level. We handle all types of criminal cases, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Theft of Property, Passing Bad Checks, Driving While License Suspended, drug-related offenses (including possession charges), Assault, and many other misdemeanor/felony charges.


If you are facing an indictment or criminal charge in Memphis, TN call 1(901)526-9494 for a free case evaluation or email criminal defense attorney Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com.

Posted by Brian Chiozza at 10:35 AM
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