is an indictment? How is it different from an “information”?
Prosecutors in state court often have the option of filing felony charges through an indictment rather than a complaint, which requires a preliminary hearing in front of a judge before an “information” can issue. In federal court, felonies typically proceed through the grand jury process.
In both the state and federal
systems, if the grand jury finds sufficient evidence of criminal behavior, it
returns an indictment. Both an indictment and a typical information signify a neutral third party’s determination
that there is a factual basis for criminal charges. The next likely step, short of a
plea deal or dismissal, is trial.
by: Micah Schwartzbach
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