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In Maryland is the defendant required to appear at a preliminary hearing on felony (drug) charges?

Baltimore, MD |

Person was granted bail but remains incarcerated pending result of hearing.

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If summoned, you must appear. Bail is another issue. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to go to trial. Consider seeking a confidential consultation.

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A defendant needs to appear at a Prelimonary Hearing. This is a constitutionally protected procedure at which a Defendant should appear and be represented by cousel. I assume that the person you are writing about was given a bail, but he/she is not able to post the bail bond. Depending on the results of the Preliminary Hearing the bond could change.

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