What happens at a preliminary hearing?

Preliminary hearings occur for persons accused of committing a felony through a direct complain, instead of an indictment. We have a helpful document that gives a full overview of preliminary hearings.

Preliminary Hearing Overview.

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1. What do I need to remember about court hearings?
2. What is an initial appearance?
3. What happens at a preliminary hearing?
4. Does a preliminary hearing still occur if I received an indictment?
5. What occurs at an arraignment?
6. What do I need to know about plea agreements?
7. How many different kinds of pretrial hearings are there?
8. I'm not sure I understand the purpose of the trial after all these hearings. What happens at a trial?
9. How does sentencing occur, and when?
10. Can I appeal a decision on my case?