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Pretrial Hearings and Motions

In the criminal justice system, a case is often decided before the actual trial. Prosecutors and defense attorneys can file any number of pre-trial motions that exclude evidence or otherwise shape the proceedings. Oftentimes, the outcome of a case hinges on the results of these motions and the hearings that accompany them. This section describes some of the different types of pre-trial motions and hearings that can occur during a criminal prosecution.
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