Your question is best answered by a qualified lawyer familiar with the court where this case is being prosecuted. If your friend knows s/he has been indicted and has not yet been arrested, it is important that your friend address the indictment. Scheduling of court depends on the specific court's scheduling practices.
All the best to you.
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The answer to this kind of question addressing a timeline depends on several factors which none of us can know.
It really depends on the prosecutor, the type of case, and many more factors. Grand juries are secret and if there is an ongoing investigation and others may be implicated...they may hold off prior to issuing a warrant for you. There is no statute of limitations on felonies in Virginia. If you are not served right away - do not think the case just went away. There is a lot of strategy going on with cases involving many people. If it is simple case and no other people involved in the alleged crime- you may be served quicker.
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