Does the Grand Jury have a certain amount of time to indict you following your first appearance in court?

Yes. The Maine Constitution requires all felonies to be presented to the Grand Jury. If you make an initial appearance in court on a complaint charging you with a felony the prosecution will have six months or three meetings of the Grand Jury, whichever occurs first, to indict you. If the the Grand Jury does not indict during this time you can move for dismissal and to be released from any bail restrictions. If the case is dismissed it will be dismissed without prejudice. “Without prejudice” means the dismissal is not final and the prosecution can still move forward with the charges within the statute of limitations.

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