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They are not required to produce evidence before the initial hearing, even when bail is requested, but they do have to show it to you when you ask for it. A person who has been accused of crime has the right to submit a written request to the district attorney for copies of all the evidence against him. This is called discovery, and they cannot refuse.
To get a conviction, they have to prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt at trial
. That means they'll need some evidence that you actually possessed a gun. And they have to tell you in advance what that evidence is.
If you had an attorney appointed for you at the initial appearance, he can request copies of all the evidence against you at that time. If you didn't have an attorney appointed and cannot afford to hire someone, you can contact the public defender's office (unless you have an arraignment coming up). Otherwise, you can submit the written request to the district attorney yourself.
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