What is a preliminary hearing, and do I need to be there?
A preliminary hearing is a scheduled court event with testimony under oath. The judge, defendant, defendant's attorney, the prosecutor and any victims or witnesses subpoenaed are present.
The prosecutor must prove to the judge that there is enough evidence to show that a crime has been committed (known as probable cause). The prosecutor will put on minimal evidence sufficient to justify further proceedings. If the prosecution establishes probable cause, the victim is usually required to testify, and the case is certified to the Grand Jury.

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1. I am the victim in a criminal case. How do I find out who will be prosecuting my case?
2. I have moved from Suffolk since the crime occurred. Who pays for my travel expenses?
3. I am a domestic violence victim. My husband promised to never lay a hand on me again. Can I drop the charges?
4. What is a preliminary hearing, and do I need to be there?
5. I can't afford to pay the medical expenses which resulted from this crime. What compensation is available to me?
6. I have been threatened to drop the charges and told not to testify. Who can help me?
7. I am concerned that the defendant's attorney may contact me. What should I do?
8. Who do I contact if I feel an elderly person or physically impaired adult is being abused, neglected or injured?
9. What is a bond hearing and what is the victim's role?
10. I was issued a subpoena for court. What happens if I don't show up?