Does a defendant have a right to change his mind at a preliminary hearing?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Boulware, 20 Cal.App.4th 1753, 25 Cal.Rptr.2d 381 (Cal. App. 1993):

There is no doubt that a defendant is entitled to be represented by counsel at a felony preliminary hearing. Appellant gave up that right. The issue is whether he had a constitutional right to change his mind on the day of the hearing, without advance notice to the prosecution, whose witness was at the hearing ready to testify. In People v. Gallego

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