The Chinese strategist Sun Tzu wrote " One who is fully prepared awaits the unprepared will be victorious ." Preperation starts at the preliminary hearing.
Everyday I see criminal lawyers in various counties waving a preliminary hearing for no obvious reason. I can see waiving a hearing for a bond reduction or some sort of concession , but to waive it costs a lawyer preparation.One question to ask a lawyer when you are interviewing is Will you do a preliminary hearing in my case if we cannot settle it in General Sessions Court. I frequently see the hearing waived in Williamson and Sumner County General Sessions Court.
Here is my reasons for never waiving the hearing unless you get some quid pro quo.
Rule 5.1 of the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure n Tzu has written on the five factors from which victory can be obtained. One principle is "One who , fully prepared , awaits the unprepared will be victorious."
One of the best tools to achieve that teaching of being gives this check and balance on the police officers allegations. As the old maxim states "Use it or lose it."