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The Benefits of Pre-Trial Motions in Criminal Cases

In criminal cases, after an arrest, arraignment and preliminary hearing, the prosecutor and defendant’s criminal defense lawyer usually appear in court to make pre-trial motions.

An attorney can tell you exactly what to expect during your pre-trial motions. To connect with a criminal defense attorney in your area, simply fill out our free online evaluation form or call 877-445-1059 today.


Pre-trial Motions may Consist of:

  • Arguments that particular evidence should be suppressed and not presented at trial
  • Arguments to compel or exclude testimony from certain people
  • Arguments from the criminal defense attorney that the case should be dismissed

The Purpose of Pre-Trial Motions

Pre-trial motions are made by the prosecution and criminal defense lawyer in an effort to set boundaries in the event that the case goes to trial. The acceptable use of evidence, legal arguments and witnesses at trial are established according to which pre-trial motions are made, granted and denied. If the case is resolved with a plea bargain or dismissed, there is no need for pre-trial motions.

Pre-Trial Motions Made by the Criminal Defense Lawyer

A criminal defense lawyer may use many facts of the case as the basis of pre-trial motions. The unique circumstances of each case may provide a defense lawyer with different angles to make powerful arguments that certain evidence or witness testimony should be excluded from the trial.

Find a Criminal Defense Lawyer to Fight for You

If you have been arrested, you may have questions and concerns about the criminal court process. A local criminal defense lawyer can let you know what you might expect in court and help you prepare for your trial.

Locate a local lawyer to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to talk about your case. Call us at 877-445-1059 or fill out our free online evaluation today.

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The above summary of pre-trial motions is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on pre-trial motions, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.


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