The way the criminal justice process plays out often depends on the classification of the crime you are being charged with. For example, an indictment or information is required in Illinois to prosecute felony offenses. By information does require a preliminary hearing. Misdemeanors crimes, however, may be filed through alternative means, such as a criminal complaint filed by a prosecuting attorney or law enforcement officer, without requiring a grand jury indictment. If you are being accused of a crime, make sure you have an Illinois defense lawyer advocating for you.
What Is an Indictment?
An indictment is a formal written accusation issued by a grand jury alleging that a specific individual has committed a crime. It is the initial step in the legal process for prosecuting severe criminal offenses, specifically felonies. An indictment outlines the charges against the defendant, detailing the nature of the alleged criminal acts and providing the basis for the prosecution’s case.