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Felony Defense


Felony Defense Lawyers in Chico, California

Understanding the Purpose of the Preliminary Examination in a Felony Defense

In California, the preliminary examination happens at the beginning of the pretrial criminal court process. There are two goals to the hearing:

  • Determine whether there is enough probable cause to believe that a crime was committed
  • Determine whether there is also enough probable cause to believe that the defendant is the person who committed the crime

At the Rooney Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of experience defending the rights of individuals in Chico and throughout California, which has resulted in a 95 percent success rate in contested criminal trials. We have the experience and tenacity to protect your rights from the beginning.

Benefits of a Preliminary Hearing

One of the biggest benefits of the preliminary hearing is the opportunity for the accused individual to present an affirmative defense. For example, if you are facing charges for marijuana possession, your attorney may argue that you were using medical marijuana.

If you are facing assault charges, your lawyer may present evidence that you were acting in self defense. If you were arrested on suspicion of prescription drug charges, is there evidence that shows the police officer made an improper traffic stop?

Any of this evidence could be used to show that there is not enough probable cause to believe that a crime was committed. Additionally, the evidence could be used to lower the charges you are facing.

Your Legal Defense Starts by Choosing the Right Lawyer

If you are facing criminal charges, hiring an experienced attorney to provide a strong defense from the beginning is essential. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can be reached by emailor by calling .

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

Our goal is to help people in the best way possible. this is a basic principle in every case and cause for success. contact us today for a free consultation. 

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