What Is A Committal Hearing in Georgia?
Committal hearings are just one of the court appearances required during the course of a criminal case. They are also called preliminary hearings and simply put, they are to establish whether a case should proceed to trial or be dismissed. Having experienced representation is important at every stage of the case but especially at committal hearings. If the charges against you are not substantiated, then your lawyer will seek to have the case dismissed. Don't waste time trying to figure the criminal justice system out for yourself. Lawson and Berry and their team of Georgia Attorneys have over 50 combined years of criminal experience and are here to assist with your case. Contact them today for a free case evaluation.
What Happens At A Committal Hearing?
Committal hearings are essentially mini-trials to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to move forward to a real trial. The judge will consider whether there is probable cause to believe the defendant is guilty of the crimes they are charged with. If there is not enough evidence for the case to go to trial, the charges may be dropped, or the case dismissed. However, if there is enough evidence, the judge will set a trial date.
Do I Need An Attorney For A Committal Hearing?
At the hearing, counsel can represent you, or you can represent yourself. However, the rules of evidence and what is sufficient to establish probable cause can be difficult to comprehend to someone who is not fluent in criminal law. Don't risk being convicted when there was not enough evidence against you. Hiring a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer preserves your rights and ensures that you have the best defense possible. Your future is not something to take risks with.
Lawson and Berry and their Associates have decades of criminal experience. They will work tirelessly to defend your case and walk you through every step of the process. Contact their offices today for a free case evaluation.