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Can I file a motion to dismiss for lack of probable cause for a CDV 1st awaiting jury trial in SC?

Columbia, SC |

I was issued and served via warrant and not a uniform traffic ticket.

I'm confused to this as State v. Ramsey : February, 2009

states a magistrate does not have to power for a prelimenary hearings,
"we hold that the magistrate judge should have declined Respondent’s request for a probable cause hearing and instead brought the charge to trial for summary disposition."

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State v, Remsey states taht you cannot file a motion to dismiss for lack of probable cause for CDV 1st offense. the case must be determined in a trial. In higher court (general Sessions) cases, you do have a right to a pre-liminary hearing to determine probable cause. In those casea, a Magiatrate does have authority to conduct a preliminary hearinga nd dismiss for lack of probble cause. However, even if the Magistrate dismisses the charge, the State can still seek an indictment and take the case to trial.Only the prosecutor has authority to dismiss your cae. Thus, to have it dismissed before trial, you must convince the prosecutor.

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This is what I thought to be true too. Later Ramsey does appeal this though and successfully wins due to the courts ruling a traffic ticket alone does not begin court proceedings in a case. This has nothing to do with the case I was speaking of in my original question but I thought was worth noting.


Get an attorney or you're going to get yourself in lots of trouble.

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