An indictment is a charging document or written accusation that a prosecutor submits to a grand jury to aid the prosecutor in deciding whether or not to charge a person with a crime. If the grand jury finds that there is probable cause to believe that (i) a crime was committed and (ii) the Defendant …
What is a Charging Document
A charging document is the formal means of accusing someone of a crime, traffic offense, or violation of probation. Typically, a charging document can be a citation, a statement of charges and probable cause, a criminal information, or a criminal indictment. A charging document will inform the person of what crime or traffic offense they are accused of, the maximum penalty, and facts to support the accusation.