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Auto Theft Charges Dismissed after Reading PA Preliminary Hearing

by | Feb 24, 2012 | Criminal Law |

This afternoon I (attarney Dan Nevins) represented a client charges with Receiving Stolen Property, Theft, Unauthorized Use of an Automobile, Simple Assault and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. The allegation was that my client, a passenger in a vehicle, began to hit the driver. At some point the driver stopped the vehicle and got out at which time my client got in the driver’s seat and drove away, leaving the car a couple of blocks away.
At a Preliminary Hearing the Commonwealth must make a prima facie showing for each charge in order for it to be held for court. This is a much lower burden than the Commonwealth must meet at trial.
In this case I argued that there was insufficient evidence to meet even a prima facie burden as to the auto theft charges. Fortunately, those charges were all dismissed and my client will now only face misdemeanor – an not felony – charges.

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