How Does a Drug Indictment Work?
An indictment is a formal document listing the felony charges that have been filed against you.
You can be indicted before or after you are arrested. If you have not yet been booked, the court can issue an arrest warrant, based on the indictment, which orders the police to arrest you and bring you to court. Alternatively, the court can issue a summons ordering you to appear in court. If you fail to appear at the appointed time as ordered, a warrant for your immediate arrest will be issued.
If you’re being charged with a felony, in some cases we may advise you to waive your Fifth Amendment right to indictment by a grand jury if a good agreement can be reached with the prosecutor. This is not often the case but sometimes a pre-indictment agreement might be the best option. We would discuss the pros and cons of this agreement with you.
When you are served your charges, you will also be told when you need to appear in court for your arraignment, which we will discuss in our next video.
Texas takes all these charges very seriously. So should you. Don’t take chances. Hire a legal advisor who knows the ins and outs of drug charges and convictions to ensure your rights are protected from minute one.