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Clerk Magistrate's Hearings

Clerk Magistrate's Hearings

In some cases, if you are charged by the police with a misdemeanor offense that has not actually been witnessed by police officers, you may be entitled to a clerk magistrate's hearing prior to being officially charged. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient probable cause to charge you with a crime and bring the matter to court. A clerk magistrate's hearing gives you a chance to prevent further action against you before there has been a risk of permanent damage to your criminal record or other consequences. While being called to a clerk magistrate's hearing does not indicate that you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is still highly advantageous to retain a criminal defense attorney's representation in order to avoid being charged at all. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf before and during the hearing to attempt to prevent charges from being brought against you.

During the hearing, an arresting officer or the police prosecutor and possibly witnesses will describe your arrest and the charges against you. You or your attorney will have the chance to testify on your behalf. The clerk magistrate will then determine whether there is sufficient probable cause to bring charges against you. More often than not, a clerk magistrate's hearing does result in a determination that probable cause is sufficient to bring charges against you. Nevertheless, your chances of avoiding charges are maximized with an attorney's representation, and having legal representation at this early stage could help you down the line if you do end up facing charges.



If you (or a loved one) was summonsed to a magistrate hearing in Massachusetts, call my office at (781) 436-0316 and speak to a skilled Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer for free.

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