The first step after you are charged with a crime involving theft or fraud is that you will have a Preliminary Hearing. That involves the prosecution giving a bare-bones sketch of what your case is about in terms of witnesses, etc. at a hearing before a District Justice. You should be given plenty of notice about when the hearing date is. A lot of times if there is a conflict with your schedule Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully can accommodate you by getting the case continued to a more convenient time (although it is not guaranteed).
At the Preliminary Hearing I will represent you as your attorney. The advantage of having the Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully represent you at the Preliminary Hearing is that you basically just have to show up and check in. It becomes my responsibility to talk to the prosecutor and/or the police and victim about the best way to get the matter resolved or to present your side of the events in a cohesive manner.
The other advantage of having us represent you is that Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully keeps you informed all throughout the Preliminary Hearing. There will be various times that I will go over and talk with you and tell you what the status is of your case. There is a lot of sitting around at the Preliminary Hearing just waiting for your case to be called and we do our very best to try to make sure you are as comfortable as possible given the circumstances that we are in. If we can get a matter resolved at the Preliminary Hearing, with the payment of restitution, this is a great way to resolve your case (although this is not a guarantee – sorry). If nothing else, before we have the Preliminary Hearing, I will talk to the police and/or the prosecutor regarding why you would be an appropriate candidate for a fair resolution of the case.
If for some reason there is a need for a Preliminary Hearing, we would aggressively represent you at that hearing. It is common not to testify at the Preliminary Hearing. The reason for that is that we do not want to subject you to cross-examination by the prosecutor, where you might make incriminating statements. The job of Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Criminal Defense Attorney Bernard Tully at that point is to cross-examine any witnesses against you to test their knowledge and/or accuracy of what they recall. It is also to narrow what the charges are against you to the bare minimum that is possible under the circumstances.
As you are probably aware of, a lot of times the prosecution over-charges a Defendant at the Preliminary Hearing. You might get six different counts that basically cover the same situation. Part of my job is to try to get some or all the charges dropped at the Preliminary Hearing. If that does not work, we try to narrow down significantly the charges against you so that if it has to be sent into Criminal Court, we have a smaller number of charges to deal with.
The value of having Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully represent you at your Preliminary Hearing is that I will keep you fully informed during the hearing as to what is going on.
JUDGE’S RULING AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Following the presentation of evidence at the Preliminary Hearing, the Judge will make a decision as to whether there is enough evidence to bind you over for Court on any or all of the charges. You will then be given a notice of your next Court appearance, which is your Formal Arraignment.
If the matter can be resolved at the Preliminary Hearing, that is what Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully will try to do. If the matter can’t be resolved there, we go to the next level which is the Formal Arraignment. A Formal Arraignment allows us to get all the records and police reports that have been accumulated against you in the case. We would be in consultation together about strategies and the best way to mitigate your charges. If necessary, I often will talk to the District Attorney’s office about ways to resolve the matter prior to a trial (although again no guarantee – sorry).
The main advantage to having Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully represent you is that we have done many of these types of cases before. As you are aware, each case is different but we have probably handled cases similar to yours before. Lastly, we try to do our best to keep you at ease throughout the whole proceeding. Call Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully at 412-281-8700 now.
PITTSBURGH PRELIMINARY HEARING DEFENSE ATTORNEY BERNARD TULLY
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, the first substantial step is your Preliminary Hearing. Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully, will go out of his way to aggressively represent you at the Preliminary Hearing. This is done by meeting with you initially, going over the charges against you and reviewing your paperwork.
It is important to keep in mind that Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully will be with you throughout the hearing. We will be there before the hearing starts to talk to the police and the Assistant District Attorney, and then to aggressively represent you at your Preliminary Hearing. A lot of times matters can be resolved at the first level and then you don’t have to face the prospect of a jury trial or any other substantial penalty. Of course each case is different, but Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully will do everything he can to get the matter resolved at that first level.
The initial call to Pittsburgh Preliminary Hearing Defense Attorney Bernard Tully, is free. Why not call us now. We are available to talk to you regarding your Preliminary Hearing matter. Call us now at 412-281-8700.