How to Get Charges Dismissed at Preliminary Examination
Lewis & Dickstein P.L.L.C. has achieved another dismissal of felony charges at a preliminary examination. Our ultimate goal is a dismissal in all cases, whenever possible.
Know Your Rights
When a defendant is charged with a felony, they will first be ordered to appear at the district court in the area where the crime allegedly took place for a probable cause conference. At this level, the prosecution must show, by a probable cause standard, that there is sufficient evidence that a finder of fact could find the defendant guilty of the felony. If the prosecutor fails to meet their burden, the judge will order the dismissal of felony charges.
“Probable Cause” is often an easy hurdle for the prosecution to surmount, much lower than the burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt required for an eventual conviction. For that reason, defendants often waive their right to a preliminary exam and allow the matter to be bound over to circuit court.
You Need a Lawyer Who Won’t Quit
Recently, a senior criminal defense attorney from LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. secured a dismissal of a felony for a client at his preliminary exam in district court. The case involved possessing a stolen vehicle, and the attorney correctly ascertained that the prosecution had failed to prove its case. Instead of looking at a felony (and the jail time, fines, court costs, and probation demands that come along with it), the client is currently free from any charges and has maintained his clean record.
Not Afraid to Win! Fighting for Dismissal of Felony Charges.
To have your best chance of getting charges dismissed at a preliminary examination, you should consider hiring a firm like LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. They will look for all opportunities to secure a dismissal at the earliest opportunity, often for reasons you may not have realized exist in your case. If you call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation, we will take the time to talk with you, answer all of your questions, and address each of your concerns. We will find a way to help you and possibly find a way to get your charges dismissed.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.