Preliminary DUI Hearings in San Diego

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A preliminary hearing is something that happens with felony DUI cases only. In a misdemeanor DUI case, the maximum DUI penalties are a year in county jail, or a combination of jail and fines. However, in a first time DUI misdemeanor case, a year of jail time if highly unlikely. Because of the reduced severity of the penalties of a misdemeanor DUI, a preliminary hearing is not done. For felony DUI cases, the penalties can be much more severe, resulting in a year or more in state prison, driver's license suspension of several years, huge monetary fines, and more.

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What happens at the preliminary hearing?

A preliminary hearing is held before a judge only, without a jury, and is for a judge to decide if there appears to be enough evidence for the defendant to stand trial. If the judge decides there is enough evidence, a trial will be scheduled with a 12-person jury. A preliminary hearing can be a great way for your aggressive San Diego DUI attorney to cross-examine any witnesses to your alleged indiscretion, and look for other holes in the prosecution's case against you.

A preliminary hearing can give your lawyer a better understanding of your case, and help him make important decisions with you, such as whether or not it is in your best interest to plea bargain, or to go to trial, etc. A preliminary hearing can be very helpful to your defense, as your attorney will be able to cross-examine the witnesses that are set to testify against you and can look for weaknesses in their stories.

Depending on the outcome of the preliminary hearing, you may be able to have your DUI case dismissed by the judge. Since the outcomes of a felony DUI can have an outcome on the rest of your life, you need a strong advocate by your side.

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