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Unformatted text preview: o It’s conducted in a mini-trial manner. The police report of arrest and what little evidence they have. The burden of proof is relatively light, so no witnesses are usually brought in. o With such little evidence and the amount of time it takes, defense attorneys usually advise their clients to waive their right to a preliminary hearing. Types of pleas by the defendant, including plea negotiations: • Pleas taken at arraignment o Guilty o Not guilty o Nolo contendere (in some states)- it means “I will not contest it”. The plea means that the defendant is neither admitting nor denying guilt. • Plea negotiations o Charge bargaining is when the charge is reduced to a lesser crime. o Sentence bargaining is when a lighter sentence is obtained. o Count bargaining is when a certain number or most of the multiple counts are eliminated....
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- Spring '11
- three months, 10 days, prosecutor, grand jury, Preliminary hearing