I was recently charged with a grand larceny felony charge ( First time offense). I have already been to arraingment and now waiting for preliminary hearing. I am told by my lawyer that just 1 hour before preliminary hearing, the prosecutor will give my lawyer a deal. If we accept the plea (even no contest, that logically means I am guilty), we will go to judge and he may/may not accept the plea. However if we say Not guilty and do not accept the plea the case will go for judy trail for circuit court. But I read in one of the forum where after pleading not guilty judge ordered deffer disposition at preliminary hearing. Will the case not go for trial if pleading not guilty at preliminary hearing? Can judge order sentence at preliminary hearing itself even if not accepted any plea in Fairfax
Criminal Defense Attorney
A General District Court judge does not have the authority to grant Deferred findings on Felony charges. If the charge is amended to a misdemeanor, and the prosecutor agrees to it, then it is possible to have a deferred finding charge in General District Court.
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