The South Carolina State Grand Jury is an investigative body with state-wide jurisdiction that allows it to investigate cases that cross county lines. Cases that fall into the State Grand Jury's jurisdiction typically include computer crimes, money laundering, human trafficking, election fraud, multi-county drug investigations, gang activity, public corruption, and other crimes that tend to have a wide-ranging effect or an element of conspiracy.
The State Grand Jury is made up of jurors from across the state of South Carolina who are selected to serve a term of one to two years. The State Grand Jury has the power to compel document production and testimony as well as the power to ensure that witnesses testify under oath in a way that can be used if the case proceeds to trial. The State Grand Jury is advised by the Attorney General's office and works with federal, state, and local authorities to pool resources and investigate potential crimes across jurisdictions.
In South Carolina, the State Grand Jury's primary goal is to identify all potential players in criminal enterprise and hold them accountable. If you are required to appear before a State Grand Jury, it is important to contact an experienced attorney immediately to navigate the process.