My client was charged with a felon and a misdemeanor after he “legally” attempted to transfer and purchase a firearm. Charges Withdrawn.
The case began in September of 2014 and finally came to an end in January 2015. After 4 appearances before the Magisterial District Judge, the District Attorney’s Office agreed that the case should be withdrawn.
The client had a Misdemeanor 1 conviction for a DUI back in 2006, which carries a possible penalty of more than one year of incarceration. However, we were able to successfully resolve this case with a complete withdrawal of the charges.
Although the case took several months and court appearances, it demonstrates that you should rarely waive your right to a Preliminary Hearing. The District Attorney kept advising the client and me that the best thing for him to do would be to waive his right to the hearing and they would allow him to plead guilty to the misdemeanor for probation.
This is a perfect example why I don’t waive Preliminary Hearings.