Pearl, MS asked in Criminal Law for Mississippi

Q: Does an indictment subpeona have to be hand delivered to the defendant?

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Albert Pettigrew, Jr.
Albert Pettigrew, Jr.
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Ocean Springs, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: An indictment is a writing that is the result of a grand jury's decision to charge somebody with a felony. A subpoena is a court order to appear in court as a witness. What you are probably talking about is an arrest warrant. It is a command to law enforcement to take somebody into custody and bring him to the judge. It does not need to be delivered to the person. If a person has information that an arrest warrant has been issued, he or she should immediately talk to an attorney and make arrangements to surrender to law enforcement. Surrendering increases the likelihood of being allowed to have affordable bail or bond, and the likelihood that you can assist your lawyer with your defense.

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