Preliminary Hearing

A preliminary hearing takes place during the criminal court process soon after the defendant has been criminally arraigned. During the preliminary hearing, a judge determines whether there is enough evidence to order the defendant to stand trial. The judge makes this decision based on a probable cause standard, meaning whether the prosecutor presents enough evidence to convince reasonable people on […]

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While most people associate the term warrant with a legal document that allows police to search a specified place, the term actually has a more general meaning. A warrant is a written authorization, issued by a judge or magistrate, that permits a specified act that would otherwise be illegal, as it would otherwise violate a citizen’s rights. The warrant, sometimes […]

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