When a person is accused of committing a misdemeanor but is not arrested, he or she may be entitled to a hearing. This hearing is overseen by a clerk magistrate at a Massachusetts District Court. A clerk's hearing, also referred to as a show cause hearing or clerk magistrate's hearing, is held to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against the person accused of committing the crime. If the magistrate decides to move forward, the person will be charged with a crime.
A clerk's hearing may offer an Essex County, Massachusetts criminal defense attorney an opportunity to challenge allegations and avoid charges before they can be filed against you. If you received a criminal citation in person or in the mail, act immediately and involve a legal professional who can protect your interests.
At McNally Law Office, our job is to dispute allegations made against you to help you avoid charges. Call (978) 684-2847 today to find out how we can achieve this goal.
It is unwise to try to defend yourself in a clerk's hearing. Without an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side, you are wide open to suffer the effects of overzealous law enforcement personnel and prosecuting attorneys whose sole goal is to secure a confession, guilty plea, or guilty verdict. Your Andover clerk's hearing lawyer will be the only person in these proceedings actively working to protect your rights as they are laid out in the U.S. Constitution. Make sure these rights are fully protected.
Our team at McNally Law Office can offer skilled counsel in clerk magistrate's hearings related to:
- Larceny (theft)
- Drug possession
- Malicious destruction
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Other misdemeanor offenses
Interested in finding out more about show cause hearings and your rights? Schedule a free consultation with an Andover criminal defense lawyer by calling (978) 684-2847.
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