How long does the grand jury have to indict a person on a felony charge in Alabama? 1 Answers as of September 28, 2012Probation was revoked because of failure to register charge (felony). He was arrested on 3/17/12 and still no grand jury indictment has been done. I have heard there is a time limit on how long it can take to be indicted before the charge has to be dropped. Just looking for some clarification on this please.
Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
The answer may depend on when the incident occurred and what part of the state you live in. In the smaller counties, grand juries only meet twice a year, and if he didn't get a preliminary hearing, his case may have fallen off the DA's radar. As a general rule, the State has until the statute of limitations runs to indict. If it's a felony with no statute of limitations, that may take a while. If he was arrested in March of this year, the State still has a while to indict.
Answer Applies to: Alabama