DUI Preliminary Hearing
Bucks County criminal defendants, including Bucks County DUI defendants, have a Constitutional right to a Preliminary Hearing in Pennsylvania. At a Bucks County Preliminary Hearing, the Commonwealth (the prosecution) must prove a “prima facia” case. This means that the Commonwealth must slightly show that you committed each element of the crime of DUI in Bucks County.
There are many legal strategies that should be employed at a Bucks County DUI Preliminary Hearing. It is extremely important to contact and retain an experienced Bucks County DUI lawyer such as Michael L. Saile, Jr., Esq. before you appear at your Bucks County Preliminary Hearing.
At the Bucks County Preliminary Hearing your bail will be set. It is important to know what bail was set and what it means. Your local Bucks County DUI lawyer should explain this to you. You will be ordered by the District Justice to make an appointment for your CRN evaluation within 72 hours. Many times at the Preliminary Hearing an experienced Bucks County DUI attorney can eliminate or downgrade other driving offenses charged with your DUI, such as speeding or careless driving.
If necessary, a court reporter can be hired to make a record of the testimony at your Bucks County Preliminary Hearing. The record can be used to cross-examine the police officer at trail. It is highly recommended that you retain a Bucks County DUI lawyer before your Preliminary Hearing in order to prepare the best DUI defense.