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Preliminary Hearing Lawyers in Delaware

Defending Clients Across Sussex County & Kent County

A preliminary hearing occurs quickly after an arrest for a felony case.

They typically occur within 10 days after an arrest and have two major functions:

  • They are to determine whether or not there is probable cause for the charges that were presented; and
  • If the person is incarcerated, to have their bond reviewed and possibly lowered

The standard of probable cause is a low standard and more complex legal arguments relating to the arrest, search and seizure are not addressed in this hearing.

If you are facing a preliminary hearing, contact our criminal defense attorney in Delaware at the Law Offices of Michael R. Abram. We focus our entire practice on criminal defense and are able to represent clients with a wide range of charges, from traffic offenses to first degree murder.

Importance of a Preliminary Hearing

What is perhaps the most beneficial aspect of a preliminary hearing is the potential of a plea bargain to resolve a case at preliminary hearing. Often, if a case is weak or the charges are low level felonies then a plea can be worked out resulting in quick closure of a case.

This is beneficial for two reasons:

  • The stress will be relieved quickly if you have a felony case and the client will not have to wait for the process to resolve, which is often 4-6 months.
  • The cost to the client will be substantially lower.

The only pleas that the Court of Common Pleas may accept are misdemeanors so any resolution at the preliminary hearing will result in no felony conviction. To learn more about the process or to consult an attorney about your charges, contact a member of our team. We are available 24/7. We can defend out-of-state clients who have been arrested.

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