What is a Preliminary Hearing?
A preliminary hearing is typically your second court appearance after your arrest. At this hearing, the state prosecutors will present evidence and witnesses before the Court to try to prove that there is probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the crime he/she is accused of. It is important to note that there is no finding of guilt or innocence at the preliminary hearing. Guilt or innocence is determined after a trial.
Why Hire An Experienced Lawyer?
Effective representation at a preliminary hearing is imperative to a good defense. Some cases are dismissed at the preliminary hearing because of a lack of finding of probable cause. If not, the defense lawyer has an opportunity to cross examine police officers and/or other witnesses which can be incredibly beneficial. If you or a loved one have a preliminary hearing scheduled, call an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you have the best advocate possible on your side at your hearing..