Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ithaca DWI Lawyer What's the Big Difference Between Being Indicted and a Superior Court Information?

Felony Indictment = Your case (situation) is placed in front of a grand jury. All it requires for the grand jury to decide to bring the felony charge is PC (probable cause) to move forward and charge YOU. Probable cause means reasonable and trustworthy information that a particular person committed a particular offense. In NYS, with felony DWI cases this can be testimony from law enforcement, and a blood and/or breath test result.

Felony by SCI (superior court information) = Your case (situation) is discussed between the DA, the Judge, and your lawyer. A deal (plea bargain) is struck based upon your history, your current situation, and the evidence. Proceeding by SCI means an agreement is in place, much like a contract with assurances and some guarantees.

Always consult with an attorney about any criminal or non-criminal charges you have pending to discuss your options and/or defenses.

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