indictable offense

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An indictable offense is a crime that a prosecutor can charge by bringing evidence of the alleged crime to a grand jury. It is a crime for which a grand jury determines that there is enough evidence to charge a defendant with a felony. These are serious crimes that include murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnapping, grand theft, robbery, burglary, arson, conspiracy, and fraud, as well as attempts to commit them. 

[Last updated in April of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]