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What does it mean that the defendant waived his or her preliminary hearing?

If the case is waived, this simply means that the defendant agrees that the Commonwealth would be able to prove their basic case and that they will allow the case to proceed to the Court of Common Pleas without having a hearing to make that determination.

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