My case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing. What does that mean?
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for class 1 misdemeanors and all felony charges. The purpose of a preliminary is to ensure that the State has at least enough evidence, whether that evidence is tangible, circumstantial or testimonial, to take your case to trial. If your case is bound over at a preliminary hearing it does not mean that you are guilty, it simply means that the judge has determined that the State has presented at least enough evidence to support their theory of the case against you. At this point in the proceedings you are still presumed to be innocent.
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