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Chris Joseph and his colleagues on the defense bar noticed a dramatic uptick in grand jury indictments in Shawnee County—often on the eve of a preliminary hearing where a probable cause determination would have been made in open court, rather than in a closed grand jury proceeding. The practice of securing indictments using a grand…

“I Just Want to Get This Over With”: The Importance of Attorney Consultation, Even When You Would Rather Just Move On Way too often we’ve heard people come into our office and say, “I just wanted to get it over with, so I pled guilty.” These people did not hire a lawyer. They did not…