A Preliminary Hearing is one of the two ways in the State of Illinois for a prosecutor to get felony charges into a trial courtroom to make a defendant stand trial. If a judge concludes after hearing the State’s witnesses that there is probable cause to believe that the defendant committed an offense, then the defendant will be held to trial. If a judge finds that there is no probable cause to believe that the defendant committed an offense, then the charges will be at least temporarily dismissed.
What is a Preliminary Hearing?
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