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What does it mean to be federally indicted?

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2022 | Criminal Defense, Federal Offenses |

Facing an indictment of any kind in South Carolina is cause for serious concern. This is the kind of position that no one wants to find themselves in. The fact that you are under an indictment from the federal government just adds to the nightmare. However, there are ways to defend yourself from this type of charge.

What does a federal indictment entail?

The first thing you need to know is what it means to be indicted on federal charges. As you can expect, this type of charge is handed down by the federal government. The indictment is prepared by a prosecutor and given validation by a grand jury.

A grand jury proceeding is a sealed affair. You may be called on to give testimony. If you do not volunteer info, you may be forced to do so via a subpoena. Documents related to the case may also be subpoenaed from you or other witnesses. This and other evidence will be shown to the grand jury.

What charges can you be federally indicted on?

The list of crimes that you can be indicted for include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Making false statements to the government
  • Bank fraud
  • Cyber crimes
  • Counterfeiting
  • Tax evasion
  • Violations of the RICO Act
  • Espionage
  • Child pornography
  • Attempting to defraud the US Government
  • Wire and mail fraud

If you find yourself being indicted for any kind of indictable actions, you need to prepare your federal criminal defense.

These are the kinds of actions for which, if you are convicted, you will pay severe penalties. The time for you to assemble the documents which can count as evidence in your defense is now.