These crimes can be charged in a number of ways. First, by the state filing initial charges, and per your request a preliminary hearing in the District Court.
The preliminary hearing, if held, is a one-sided hearing where the state presents evidence and witness and a Judge is charged with the duty to determine whether or not there is probable cause that the alleged offenses may have occurred and that you may have been responsible for them.
Any finding of guilt will not occur at a preliminary hearing, nor will any discussion pertaining to plea arrangements or a possible sentence. It is also possible and in many jurisdictions more likely, that a grand jury will issue an indictment on felony charges. The third possibility is that the State will offer what is known as a ‘criminal information’ which will also set the case into the Circuit court for a schedule of hearings and ultimately trial dates.
If you are being charged with a felony offense, it is something that should be taken very seriously. It is most important in these cases to hire a Maryland felony lawyer early on in the process, so that they may be involved in all of the critical stages of the litigation process. Each stage, from the initial bail or bond review hearing, the filing and arguing of any motions to suppress evidence or otherwise, and the ultimate trial date will be important times for an experienced lawyer to assist with guidance and advocacy for these charges.
Lawyers in our offices are experienced in handling nearly any type of felony charge, including, but not limited to:
These charges all have the potential for serious and significant jail time from between 5 years in prison to as much as a life sentence.
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