Clerk Magistrate's / Show Cause Hearings Lawyer Massachusetts
These hearings are often the initial procedure conducted in order to determine whether there is enough evidence against you for a criminal complaint to issue. You will likely have received a summons to appear at this hearing to offer your side of the story. A police officer will have filed a report with the clerk, and it will be read into the record at the hearing. The clerk will ask you questions about the report – this is your only opportunity to convince the clerk that the police have not shown cause for the complaint to issue. Winning at this hearing means you will not be charged with the crime alleged.
If you have no experience or little experience with the criminal justice system, you should have an attorney accompany you to this hearing. If you fail to attend this hearing, the complaint will, in all likelihood, issue and you will be summoned to court for arraignment.
A show cause hearing can occur, in some instances, even if the complaint has issued.
An allegation of committing a crime is a serious matter. You should immediately consult with an experienced attorney to help you navigate through the criminal justice system. The outcome of your case will depend on many factors including, but not limited to, your previous criminal history, whether you are currently on probation, the amount of injury or damages to the complaining witness, etc.
Kathleen A. Delaney, Esq. is an experienced attorney who is familiar with the criminal justice system and all the significant players.
Call or email her for a complimentary consultation - 781.935.7100