One of the first questions our support staff gets from new clients facing a DUI is, “Now what?” and “What can I expect at the Preliminary Hearing?”
One of the first things we like to tell our clients is to trust the attorney they hired. Take with us. We want the best possible result for you. Open communication is the key to a successful attorney client relationship.
Once our firm is retained, we enter our appearance with the Magisterial District Court, request a copy of the Criminal Complaint and Affidavit and Hearing Notice. We also send a letter to the arresting officer, if it is a DUI charge, to advise them that our firm has been retained and request that all evidence be secure for future litigation. This is vital s some police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will “recycle” (really destroy) the dash camera video if not requested to be preserved within 30 or 60 days of the arrest.
The Preliminary Hearing is where the Commonwealth has to prove to the Court that there is enough evidence to move the case forward to the Court of Common Pleas. Before this date, we work hard together as a team with you to identify all defenses, suppression issues and medical conditions that could mimic a DUI.
Our attorneys are in court on a daily basis and that is why The McShane Firm has a top quality legal support staff and attorneys to answer any questions our clients might have. It is important to us that our clients know that they not only have the best attorney in Pennsylvania, but an entire support system to help them through these difficult time in their lives.