Who Is Allowed to Present Evidence to a Texas Grand Jury?

September 26th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

A grand jury proceeding is often the first stage in prosecuting a defendant suspected of white collar crimes like securities fraud or money laundering. In Texas, 12-member grand juries review evidence presented by district attorneys before deciding whether to issue an indictment–a formal accusation against the defendant. Under state law, an indictment may be set […]

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What Are My Rights Before a Texas Grand Jury?

July 31st, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

You have probably heard of a “grand jury” without understanding its exact function. Unlike a trial (or “petit”) jury, a grand jury is not there to determine a person’s guilt or innocence. Rather, the grand jury interviews witnesses and reviews evidence to decide if there is “probable cause” to formally charge–indict–a defendant with a particular […]

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Grand Juries vs. Petit Juries: An Overview

November 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Every Houston resident has the right to a “trial by jury” when charged with a criminal offense. But there are two different kinds of juries. What we normally think of as a jury–12 people sitting at trial, hearing evidence, and reaching a verdict–is actually known as a “petit jury.” There is also a separate body […]

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