Lies at the grand jury
Avvo Question: I have been indicted. After reading police and witness reports, I find blatant inconsistencies. Is it possible for another grand jury, or do I have to live with the indictment? I feel that if the truth be told,meaning no lies, I wouldn’t have been indicted in the first place. My question, is there anything I can do, or can my lawyer do something about it?
Avvo Answer: Sorry about the indictment. It is never a good thing when an indictment is handed down, especially when a grand jury only hears a few selected facts from the prosecution. Unfortunately, inconsistencies in police reports and witness statements aren’t going to be enough to invalidate the indictment handed down by the grand jury. These inconsistencies become a bigger issue at trial when the differences in testimony and facts become an important factor as the jury uses these inconsistencies to judge the credibility of the witness.
The truth will set you free and hopefully allow you to be found not guilty at trial but I am afraid it isn’t going to reverse the indictment. I would recommend getting an attorney if you haven’t already. Your attorney may not get the indictment invalidated based on the facts you have stated but given the whole case to look at, your attorney may find a different angle to challenge your indictment.
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