What is a preliminary hearing?

In felony cases, the purpose of a preliminary hearing is for a district magistrate judge to determine if there is sufficient evidence to believe that probable cause exists that the defendant committed a felony offense. Subpoenas will be issued for the victim/witnesses involved in the incident. The court will determine if a defendant will be bound over on the felony charges alleged by the state.

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1. How does the Geary County Attorney’s Office receive cases for prosecution?
2. What happens when a suspect is arrested?
3. What is a first appearance?
4. What is a preliminary hearing?
5. What happens if a defendant is bound over on felony charges?
6. What happens at an arraignment on misdemeanor cases?
7. What happens at a jury trial?
8. What is a subpoena?
9. How do I get my property back?