What happens at a criminal pretrial in California?
You can find more information about the Criminal Court process on my website at the following link: http://murillolawfirm.com/dui-your-court-appearance/
That is written as DUI court, but the process is still the same in all Criminal Court cases. That article will offer you a good overview of the stages of a Criminal case and what happens at each stage. Feel free to call me with any questions.
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The answer to your question depends on what the charge is, whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor and the practices of the specific court. If you are talking about a pre-trial confrence or a readiness conference, this is an opportunity for your lawyer to negotiate with the prosecutor and also get an indication from the Judge as to what to expect if you plead guilty. Sometimes, there are also discovery issues. Has the prosecution provided all the documents and other material they are required to to your laywer. Criminal cases often have more than one pre=trial hearing, sometimes many.
You should check with your specific criminal lawyer to find out the details of any upcoming appearance. Also, keep in mind, for most cases, if you hire a private attorney, you do not have to go to court yourself, your lawyer handles it for you. If you are interested, contact DS Criminal Law Group at www.dslosangelescriminallawyer.com. I recommend that firm to anyone in Los angeles, Orange, or the other surrounding counties.
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It all depends. Sometimes counsel for the accused and the DA speak to each other alone. Sometimes they speak to each other with only the judge. Sometimes they speak to each other with the judge out in front of everyone. Sometimes nobody speaks to anyone except to convey offers.
Sometimes its just another court date of many on the track to jury trial. Sometimes they are important to have and other times they are not.
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Pre trial hearings, especially in Ventura, are extremely important. As indicated by my colleagues this is where you can possibly resolve your matter without the need to go to trial.
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