Preliminary Hearings in Oklahoma
If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony offense in Oklahoma, it is important to understand how the legal process works. One of the most important parts before the trial process begins is the preliminary hearing. Your attorney will guide you through and make sure to answer any questions you may have along the way.
What is a preliminary hearing?
A preliminary hearing is especially important in a criminal case. At the hearing the judge will decide whether there is enough evidence against the accused to order a trial.
What happens during a preliminary hearing?
During the preliminary hearing, the prosecutor must provide sufficient evidence to suggest (1) that a felony offense was committed and (2) that you or a loved one committed the crime in question. However, the prosecutor only needs to provide enough evidence to meet the legal standard of probable cause. Prosecution does not have to submit its full case against you, just enough to fulfill this standard.
You also have choices before the preliminary hearing even begins, such as waiving your right to the hearing completely. Your attorney will help you make the best decision depending on the specifics of your case.
How We Can Help
Edge Law Firm has some of the best attorneys in the nation. Whether or not you have been charged with a crime, the defense team at Edge Law Firm can help. We know how to guide our clients through the preliminary hearing. Learn more about what we can do for you and schedule a free review of your case today.