“Prelims” are a lot like trials, but have no jury, and the prosecution only has to prove that a trial is necessary, not that the defendant is guilty of the accusations. Several outcomes are possible. The judge can rule that the defendant should stand trial for the original charges, he or she can reduce the charges to a less serious offense or, less commonly, the judge can dismiss the case. Dismissals are rare mainly because the prosecutor only has to prove that probable cause exists, that their charges are worth investigating at trial. Also, we mentioned above, defense attorneys are likely to save their strong arguments for trial, since they know they are unlikely to get the case dismissed at the preliminary hearing.