Ontario Preliminary Hearings Explained

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By Published On: June 5, 2023

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – A preliminary hearing is an important step for many criminal defence cases – and with the help of a skilled criminal defence lawyer, it could be the last.

If you have been charged with an Ontario criminal offence, you might be wondering: “Is there a way I can have these charges dismissed, without having to stand trial?”

That’s what a preliminary hearing is for. At this formal court session, which takes place after your Remand Court date, a judge hears the Crown prosecutors’ evidence and witnesses and determines whether or not there’s enough evidence to proceed with a criminal trial.

Preliminary Hearings

To provide answers for many of the questions you might have about preliminary hearings, I’ve put together a helpful new article: Your Ontario Preliminary Hearing in Criminal Court.

In the article, I discuss the proceedings of a preliminary hearing, the powers of the presiding judge, and – most importantly for your criminal case – how you can have the charges against you dropped with the help of an experienced criminal defence lawyer.

The article contains information on how you can prepare for a preliminary hearing, but my usual advice applies here: you should not participate in these legal proceedings without first hiring a top criminal defence lawyer who has experience in such matters.

Contact the Ottawa Criminal Defence Lawyers

If you’re facing criminal charges – and perhaps even appearing for your own preliminary hearing – it’s time to consult an experienced criminal defence lawyer about helping you fight those charges, and possibly having them dismissed. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 699-8192.

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