What happens at a preliminary hearing?  Do I need a lawyer for a preliminary hearing? Philadelphia criminal defense attorney S. Philip Steinberg on why its important.

If you’ve been charged with a felony, your next appearance will likely be a preliminary hearing. At a preliminary hearing, the judge will determine whether or not there’s probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and whether or not you committed that crime. This is where having an expert criminal defense attorney by your side will matter most. Your attorney will use the preliminary hearing to dispute the evidence against you, lock down the testimony of key witnesses, and determine inconsistencies in the case.


Schatz & Steinberg, P.C. offers experienced and aggressive representation for the most serious criminal cases.

An arrest or an indictment can be the most frightening experience of your life. The decisions you make affect your freedom, family and financial well-being. Your rights have to be vigorously protected at every step of the way. Mr. Steinberg and his staff have been defending the rights of individuals and corporations facing serious criminal charges since 2001. Throughout the Northeast United States, Mr. Steinberg has successfully defended clients charged with white collar crimes as well as violent offenses.

Schatz & Steinberg, P.C. works with a team of investigators and experts using only the most respected professionals to prepare for trial.  We have secured acquittals and reduced sentences for clients who have been charged with a variety of crimes. Hiring a skilled defense lawyer can be the difference between serving a lengthy prison sentence or not.