A preliminary hearing is typically the first time an individual appears before a judge after being arrested. They have the right to have bonds or bail set.
Transcription of the criminal lawyer's response: Another interesting question that I receive a lot is: What is a preliminary hearing? And of course, what happens is that many people hear words and terms and they become afraid of the meaning of those words. Well, a preliminary hearing is any hearing that is not a trial. But typically a preliminary hearing that is not a trial. But typically a preliminary hearing is the first time that the person appears before the judge after they have been arrested. They have the right to have bonds or bail set and that’s when they typically appear in close caption or closer in the television and the judge will say: Ok, this is your charges and I’ll say that this is your bonding. Typically, when they speak of a preliminary hearing that’s what they are talking about. Other times, and again in federal court it varies the different issues they go preliminary hearings. But in state court typically that’s what it’s. When the court will have a chance to set bond and you will appear for the first time pursuing to the woes of criminal procedures before a judge. This must happen 24 hours right after you get arrested.