Is a Preliminary Hearing just for felony charges?

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  • 2 years ago
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    Check your state's rules of criminal procedure. General answer: at a preliminary (probable cause) hearing the judge will decide if the prosecutor has put on sufficient evidence to establish probable cause that the felonies occurred. If so, the preliminary hearing judge certifies the felonies to a Grand Jury. But a felony can be reduced to a misdemeanor and a plea entered pursuant to a plea agreement with an agreed disposition at the preliminary hearing. Misdemeanors can be "direct indicted" to the Grand Jury, even if they were nolle prossed or not brought at the preliminary hearing.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Not in my State.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    From what I understand, no. That hearing is to establish a few things related to the case. Such as cause, motivation, precedence, evidence that must be gathered, so on. Even civil courts would have such a thing.

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