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  • Based on sufficient evidence and prosecutorial discretion, this is the legal process of obtaining an indictment to formally charge someone with a crime. Conducted after arrest but prior to arraignment, it is a vital step in proceeding with a criminal case. States may bring charges through two processes: a grand jury, which issues a true bill or an indictment, or a preliminary hearing, which results in an information.

    10.4135/9781412972024.n343

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