6 Points Everyone Needs To Know About Criminal Grand Jury Proceedings

November 30, 2016

We had a nice result rendered in a Grand Jury proceeding a while back. The charge was Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Family Violence. The client’s charge was No-Billed … and in thinking about this work, I thought it might be helpful to draft out the following:

Six Points Everyone Needs to Know About Criminal Grand Jury Proceedings:

1. All adult felony charges must first be reviewed by a grand jury before further prosecution takes place, and some juvenile felony charges will be reviewed by a grand jury;
2. In most jurisdictions around the country, grand jury procedure allows the person charged to present a written case to the grand jury for its consideration before the vote to indict or no-bill. And in many jurisdictions, the grand jury wants to hear from the accused;
3. The single most important thing you can do to help a grand jury make the right decision is to retain experienced legal counsel immediately.
4. Presenting your case, with the help and guidance of an attorney experienced in Grand Jury practice and procedure, can pay huge dividends.
5. Grand Jurors, almost universally, want to do the “right thing” in any given case. By having your attorney properly present your side of the case, you help the Grand Jury reach the right decision….which ultimately helps you immeasurably.
6. A Grand Jury No-Bill (a vote not to indict) often leads to a successful expunction of all records of the arrest and charge.

I’m a former Dallas County Grand Jury prosecutor, and so learned how to do this work from the inside years ago. Given some great mentors, and the perspective afforded there — and now, with the added perspective of more than twenty-four years in private practice — I don’t think there’s a better way to win a client’s freedom — or save and protect a future and clear (expunge) his or her record, than to present the matter properly to a Grand Jury.

Please call, and we can discuss your case in greater detail.

Very respectfully,

Bill Meili, Attorney and Counselor at Law – Criminal Defense and Military Law. 214 363-1828 or info@MeiliLaw.com

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The below list gives a broad idea of the kinds of cases and issues handled successfully in the past month.    If you’re facing a problem which affects your professional license, career or future, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’d be happy to visit with you about all aspects of the case to see how I might help.   Here’s the list. 
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4.    Army Guard Officer (Consultant):          IRR Transfer Request endorsed by local command.  
 
5.    Criminal Defense Client:                             Aggravated Sexual Assault case dismissed.
 
6.    Criminal Defense Client:                            Favorable Grand Jury result on an Aggravated  
                                                                                      Assault with a Deadly Weapon.     
 
 Very Respectfully, 
 
William C. Meili
COL (R), JA, USAR
Attorney and Counselor at Law

SMU Tower
6116 North Central Expressway, Suite 1090
Dallas, TX 75206
214 363-1828 office
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Website:  www.meililaw.com

Six Things You Need To Know About Criminal Grand Jury Proceedings

We had a nice result come down in a Grand Jury proceeding last week.  The charge was  Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Family Violence.   I started thinking about the process my investigator and I took with this case generally, and distilled those thoughts below.

Six Things You Need to Know About Criminal Grand Jury Proceedings:

1.         All adult felony charges must first be reviewed by a grand jury before further prosecution takes place — and some juvenile felony charges will be reviewed by a grand jury;

2.         In most jurisdictions around the country, grand jury procedure allows the person charged to present a written case to the grand jury for its consideration before the vote to indict or no-bill.  And in many jurisdictions, the grand jury wants to hear from the accused;

3.         The single most important thing you can do to help a grand jury make the right decision is to retain experienced legal counsel immediately.

4.         Presenting your case, with the help and guidance of an attorney experienced in Grand Jury practice and procedure, can pay huge dividends.

5.         Grand Jurors, almost universally, want to do the “right thing” with any given case they review.   By having your attorney properly present your case, you help the Grand Jury reach the right decision….which ultimately helps you immeasurably.

6.         A Grand Jury No-Bill  (vote not to indict) often leads to a successful expunction.

I’m a former Grand Jury prosecutor, and learned how to do this work from the inside years ago under the mentorship of one of the best prosecutors Dallas County ever turned out.  Now, given the perspective afforded me by more than twenty years in private practice, I don’t think there’s a better way to win a client’s freedom and clear (expunge) his or her name and record, than through a proper presentation to a Grand Jury.

Please call me, and we can discuss your individual situation in detail.

Thank you.

Respectfully,

William C. Meili

Attorney and Counselor at Law 6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1090 Dallas, TX 75206

214 363-1828 0830 to 1730 Monday thru Friday.

214 536-3888 For emergencies, after-hours and weekends, or email at info@meililaw.com