Criminal Defense Attorney Daniel T. Geherin Discusses "Probable Cause Conference" in Michigan
What is "Probable Cause Conference?" Daniel T. Geherin advises clients in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
By: Geherin Law Group, PLLC.
In 2014, the Michigan Legislature passed laws inserting a new step—the PCC--into the felony process. Before a defendant went directly from Arraignment to Preliminary Examination, which is a hearing at which the prosecuting attorney must prove "probable cause" (i.e., some evidence) of the defendant's guilt. If the prosecutor is unable to produce this evidence, the Judge/Magistrate can dismiss the case. What the Michigan Legislature realized (due to intense lobbying by prosecutors and police) was that many cases were being dismissed because prosecutors often didn't have enough time to get civilian witnesses to court. This was especially glaring because defendants had a statutory right to have their Examinations within 14 calendar days of their Arraignment.
As a result, Michigan added the intermediate PCC step. This is a "control date," set before a Preliminary Examination (also called a Preliminary Hearing) is conducted. PCC has been used to slow down the felony process, which gives both the prosecutor and defense attorney adequate time to prepare the case.
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Daniel T. Geherin is an NBTA® Board-Certified Trial Attorney and former prosecutor with over 22 years' experience practicing law. His trial-based practice exclusively focuses on representing individuals in cases ranging from criminal defense/drunk driving, to driver's license appeals, to civil litigation, to juvenile delinquency. He has completed over 250 trials, argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals, and conducted thousands of Secretary of State driver's license appeals hearings throughout Michigan.
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