Q: What is a pre-warrant hearing
A: A pre-warrant hearing where the judge determines whether to issue a warrant against a defendant for a criminal charge. These hearings usually occur for non-violent offenses like theft or forgery.
If the defendant does not show up to court, the judge will automatically issue the warrant against the defendant. The defendant has a right to be represented by an attorney to ask the court not to issue the warrant, question witnesses, and present evidence.
A: It sounds like a warrant application hearing. In Georgia anyone can swear out a warrant application in magistrate court, and a hearing is convened within 30 days. At that hearing the person who brought the warrant has to establish probable cause to a judge that one or more crimes has been committed. The judge decides what to do next....
If you are a target of a warrant you should consult with a local attorney who knows your jurisdiction.
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