A Pre-Trial conference is a simple court hearing where the defense and the prosecution appear to give a status update on the case to the judge. If it is a felony case, the defendant has to appear. But for misdemeanors, the defendant’s attorney can usually appear in the defendant’s place. The Pre-Trial conference is where the defendant can alert the judge to any issues with discovery. A Pre-Trial conference is also an opportunity for the attorneys to meet in person and negotiate on the case.
If you or someone you love has an Pre-Trial Conference, it is best to contact a lawyer with experience in criminal defense right away. Burges McCowan is an experienced criminal defense attorney and he can help.