What is a preliminary hearing conference "PHC" and what happens during the PHC?

What happens during Oklahoma Preliminary Hearing Conferences

After the arraignment and attorney appearance hearing the next Oklahoma criminal hearing to take place is a preliminary hearing conference ("PHC").  Although this hearing takes place in open court it is generally just an opportunity for the prosecution and defense to discuss the case and determine whether additional plea negations should be had or whether the case should proceed to a Preliminary Hearing.  It is not uncommon for there to be two or more preliminary hearing conferences. 

The prosecutor may make a plea bargain offer which you and your attorney will discuss. If you decide to accept the offer, you would waive or give up your right to a trial and set your case for a date for you to plead guilty. If you do not accept the plea offer, you will have your case set for a preliminary hearing or trial.

If you need an attorney to represent you at a preliminary hearing conference, contact us today or call 405-542-2529 (542-CLAW).  Read more about our team, or continue reading and researching our free legal information library, or enter live chat.