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Can Public Defenders refuse to do preliminary hearings?

Fountain Inn, SC |

My preliminary hearing is next week. I have contacted the public defenders office about it and they have told me that they do not do preliminary hearings. Everything I am researching is telling me that I have a right to counsel at my preliminary hearing. Can someone please clear this up?

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You do have a right to have a preliminary hearing. If they are not going to do it you can conduct it yourself to retain someone for the limited purpose of doing the hearing for you.

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You are entitled to a prelimary hearing, but you must be sure to follow the proper procedure for the county you are in.

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you have a right to a preliminary hearing and the right to have your counsel conduct it. Contact your PD and be certain he/she is there. If they are not ask the judge to require the PD to appear and conduct the hearing.

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