On November 29, 2017, Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer and firm partner David Nenner spoke with reporters after a preliminary hearing in a recent highly publicized murder case. Learn about a preliminary hearing in criminal cases here.
Mr. Nenner’s client, Joshua Hupperterz, has been accused of the murder of a Temple student that happened on August 31, 2017.
The preliminary hearing was originally scheduled in late September. However, Mr. Nenner requested a continuance of the hearing, stating that he needed to review the prosecution’s case and more time to do a little bit of investigation.*
Mr. Nenner’s client has maintained his innocence, but according to the police, the defendant allegedly confessed to “elements of the crime.”
Murder is the most serious criminal offense in PA. Mr. Nenner believes that his client deserves a fair trial and the best defenses available to him. This case has been widely covered by the media, and Mr. Nenner wants to make sure he is there for his client and to ensure that he gets a fair trial. The defendant is not guilty until he’s proven guilty in a court, not in the media.
What is a Preliminary Hearing?
A preliminary hearing is when the court decides whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a criminal trial. The prosecution has to prove a prima facie case, which means that the prosecution only has to show that a crime occurred and that it is likely that the defendant committed the crime.
It is important to note that just because the trial can go forward, it does not mean that the defendant is guilty. The burden of proof at a preliminary hearing is much lower than the burden of proof at a criminal trial, which is beyond a reasonable doubt.
About David Nenner, Esq.
Mr. Nenner has been a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer for over 30 years. He has tried countless criminal cases and is a Top Rated Criminal Lawyer in Philadelphia. If you have questions about a criminal charge, call Mr. Nenner who offers a FREE initial consultation. 215.564.0644
*Source – www.phillyvoice.com [Preliminary hearing in homicide of Temple student Jenna Burleigh delayed]