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What happens at a preliminary hearing?

What happens at a preliminary hearing?

During the preliminary hearing, usually within 10 court days of the arraignment, the district attorney's office must present evidence to establish probable cause that a felony was committed and that you committed it. In other words, the judge must be convinced that there is sufficient evidence to bring you to trial.
You may have a second arraignment. If the felony charges are not dropped at the preliminary hearing, you will be arraigned in superior court where your trial later will be held. If you are charged with a crime and are unable to understand English, you have a right to an interpreter throughout the proceedings.