Grand Jury

A grand jury is a legal body that is empowered to conduct official proceedings to investigate potential criminal conduct and to determine whether criminal charges should be brought. A grand jury may compel the production of documents and may compel the sworn testimony of witnesses to appear before it. A grand jury is separate from the courts, which do not preside over its functioning.Currently, only the United States retains grand juries, although some other common law jurisdictions formerly employed them, and most other jurisdictions employ some other type of preliminary hearing. Grand juries perform both accusatory and investigatory functions.
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    … Probation is an alternative to going to jail or prison. Instead of being incarcerated, the person remains free for the amount of time they’re sentenced to probation. Typically, probation is ordered for one to three years, but sometimes longer. Texas two types of probation: straight probation and deferred adjudication. Have you violated…

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  • Explaining Grand Juries and How They Work

    … In the state of Texas, a grand jury is comprised of 12 people who must determine whether probable cause exists for a felony offense. The grand jury is assembled to inquire into a felony offense or a relatively small number of misdemeanor offenses. According to Title 1, Chapter 19, Article 19.40 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, a quorum…

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  • How Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

    … the person their rights, commonly called Miranda Rights, charges aren’t dropped. A defense attorney may use the fact that they weren’t read their rights at trial. The Initial Appearance Regardless of whether a person is read their rights or not, they will be transported to county jail. According to Texas law, requires anyone arrested for a crime…

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  • Texas Daycare Worker Charged with Child Sex Abuse

    …FREDERICKSBURG, TX — Parents urged to come forward after Texas daycare employee charged with 14 counts of sexual assault involving children. Fredericksburg United Methodist Church has shut their daycare center pending an investigation after one of their employees, Seth Batterton, was charged with 12 counts of sexual assault, one count of indecency…

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  • Medicare Fraud Scheme Relied on “Doctored” EMR Scheme

    … Medicare Fraud Scheme Relied on “Doctored” EMR Scheme October 27, 2015 by Brian Mahany A physician, his attorney wife and another individual have been indicted on felony Medicare fraud charges in Missouri. The case may be one of the first of its kind using an electronic medical records (EMR) system to create false patient progress…

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  • More New Orleans Medicare Fraud Indictments

    … that call New Orleans home. Unfortunately, the city is also home to a visible minority of fraudsters, corrupt politicians and apparently, Medicare thieves. The New Orleans charges stem from a federal grand jury that returned several indictments against 13 companies involved in a wide variety of healthcare businesses including home health care…

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  • Criminal Indictments: How Are Cases Started?

    …. Sometimes the prosecutor can request to seal the criminal indictment as well as the grand jury proceedings. This happens in a number of situations including when safety is at stake of the members of the grand jury, witnesses and others presenting evidence or of the community. This can also happen if there is a chance that the suspect being…

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