Daily Archives February 22, 2017

Preliminary Hearing

A preliminary hearing is a bench trial to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to grant the case to trial. The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to establish whether probable cause exists to believe that the defendant has committed the crime. At the preliminary hearing, the court must be convinced only of such a state of facts as would lead a reasonable person to believe and conscientiously entertain a strong suspicion of the defendant’s guilt. If, after presentation of evidence, the magistrate determines that no public offense has been committed or that there is insufficient cause to believe the
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