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What will happen at my preliminary hearing after a mugging?

I got mugged while I walked to the train. I got away and went home and called the police and they did catch him later on that night. It turns out the police had been looking for him for a while so he should go to jail. I have to go to a preliminary hearing and I'm just wondering what will happen there. Will he be there? Will I have to testify against him? Is it open to the public?


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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    Yes you have to testify and yes he will be there. his is a hearing to see if there is enough evidence to bind the matter over for trial. Yes it is open to the public this is not a dictatorship.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/26/2013
    Eric Sterkenburg | Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    16478 Beach Boulevard, No. 329
    Westminster, CA 92683
    (562) 477-6940
    The preliminary hearing is like a minnie trial for the judge to determine if the state has sufficient evidence to hold the accused over for trial. As the victim in this incident, your part will be to testify on the stand as to what happened and to identify the person that committed the crime. You will be asked questions by the District Attorney to support the state's case. You will be crossed examined by the defendant's attorney to try to establish what you do not know and to cast doubt on your identification of the defendant. After that, you will be excused and can go home. If the case goes to trial, you will be called again to testify in the trial.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/24/2013
    Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    343 East Main Street, Suite 314
    Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 463-9715
    It is not your preliminary hearing because you are not a party. The defendant will be there. you will be asked questions by the DA and defense counsel. The hearing is open to the public. You can call the DA and talk about the process.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/24/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    The defendant will be present. You may have to testify against him. It is open to the public.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 1/24/2013
    Melissa Smejkal | Law Office of Melissa Smejkal
    1328 W 18th Street
    Chicago, IL 60608
    (312) 968-2479
    Yes, he will be there and it is open to the public. You will most likely testify but that is up to the State.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 1/24/2013
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