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Pretrial Release

Do you know what factors a judge looks at to determine whether bail is appropriate? Want to know what the penalties are when you don't show up at court? Find the answers to all your questions about pre-trial release here.

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Preliminary Hearing

A preliminary hearing is most commonly used to determine whether or not probable cause exists that a defendant committed a criminal offense such that he should be held over for trial. Read on for comprehensive information on what a preliminary hearing is, what happens at a preliminary hearing, and the advantages and disadvantages of a preliminary hearing.

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Arraignment

After arrest, the first step in the criminal process is the arraignment of a defendant. Even though the arraignment process is fairly quick and simple, it can still be a critical step for a defendant.

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Criminal Discovery

Criminal discovery is the process by which the defendant is given information by the prosecution about the evidence against him. Many states do not allow an automatic right to criminal discovery, however.

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How to Get a Bond Reduction

Bond reduction is possible under certain circumstances. Read on for more information about bond reduction.

Bond reduction is possible under certain circumstances. Read...

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Bail Hearings

The purpose of a bail hearing is to set the amount of bail. Bail hearings are often combined with arraignment. Read on for specific information about setting bail, including what happens at a bail hearing and more.

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