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Published on 6/26/2023, 1:21:00 PM

A Guide to Preliminary Inquiry Hearings in Maryland

When you're facing criminal charges in Maryland, the legal system can seem overwhelming. A key step in this process is the Preliminary Inquiry Hearing. This is when you first learn about the charges against you, your rights, and what could happen next. It's a lot to take in, but understanding this stage can make things a bit easier.

What Happens at a Preliminary Inquiry Hearing?

At this hearing, a judge will explain the charges against you, including your right to an attorney and the option for a jury trial. It's crucial because it's the first step in your defense. You may also be formally served with the charges in the case, which might include a summons to appear at your trial date. It's possible you'll receive a statement of charges that outlines the legal basis for your charges.

Do You Need to Attend Your Preliminary Inquiry?

Yes, unless your attorney advises otherwise. It's a must-go event, as missing it could lead to further legal trouble including the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.

Why Having an Attorney Matters

An experienced defense attorney can be your best ally. They'll make sure you understand everything, protect your rights, and start building a strong defense. Our law firm has a track record of helping clients through these tough times with personalized strategies and a deep understanding of Maryland's legal system.

Personalized Defense: Our Approach

We treat every case as unique. Whether it's shoplifting or drug possession, we tailor our defense to fit your situation. We'll look into every detail, from the evidence against you to potential legal errors that could work in your favor.

The Benefits of a Professional Defense

With our help, you'll get a thorough understanding of the legal system, a strong defense strategy, and a team that's committed to your case. We're here to help from the preliminary inquiry through to the trial.

FAQs About Preliminary Inquiries in Maryland

Q: What exactly is a preliminary inquiry hearing?
A: It's a hearing where you're formally told about the charges against you and your legal rights. It's often scheduled if you haven't been served with your charging document, and/or you haven't had an attorney enter their appearance in your case.

Q: What should I do before my preliminary inquiry?
A: Contact a defense attorney. Having professional advice and representation is crucial, and might result in cancellation of the hearing and immediate scheduling of your trial.

Q: Can an attorney change the outcome of a preliminary inquiry?
A: If you hire an attorney they can help clarify the charges and might be able to get the hearing cancelled.

Need Help? Contact Us Today

Facing criminal charges is challenging, but you don't have to do it alone. Our team is ready to guide you through the Maryland legal system and fight for the best possible outcome. Reach out to us for a free consultation and see how we can help you navigate your legal