If you have been charged with a felony in North Dakota, one of the early hearings that will be held in your case is known as a preliminary hearing. While the name of this hearing may make the hearing itself sound unimportant, your preliminary hearing can play a significant role in the future direction of your criminal case. Read on to learn what makes this hearing so important.
What is the Purpose of a Preliminary Hearing?
The purpose of a preliminary hearing in North Dakota is to present sufficient evidence to a judge so that the judge is confident there exists probable cause to believe you committed a felony crime. Probable cause is the same level of evidence that a law enforcement officer needs before he or she can arrest an individual. If the prosecution is successful in establishing probable cause, then you will proceed to the arraignment hearing, at which you will enter a plea to the charges. If the prosecution fails to establish probable cause, then the felony charges against you will be dismissed, although they could be refiled by the prosecution, if desired.
Misconceptions About the Preliminary Hearing
Some common misconceptions about the preliminary hearing include:
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