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If you have a case that is going to a grand jury where the

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If you have a case that is going to a grand jury where the person accused is on trial for sexual assult but the case was originally rejected by the district attorney frnot enough evidence should a lawyer be hired at this point to possibly stop the case from being sent to trial or would it be better to wait for the grand jury decision?
During the grand jury process, only the prosecutor/district attorney is allowed to put on the state's side of the case. The defendant is not allowed to put on any evidence or testify. The grand jury then decides if there is enough evidence based only on the state's evidence to issue an indictment, which will eventually result in going to trial.

Thus, having an attorney prior to the grand jury is not nearly as important as having an attorney if the case results in an indictment. However, if you can afford it, having an attorney at all stages is best.
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