A Massachusetts Show Cause Hearing Is Important. Get Help Today!
In Massachusetts, it is possible to become involved in the criminal justice system without ever being arrested or charged with a crime. Instead of being charged with a criminal offense, you might receive a misdemeanor notification by mail that requires you to appear at a clerk magistrate hearing to show whether you should face further legal action. These hearings, also referred to as "show cause hearings," can involve drug possession, petty theft and shoplifting, assault and serious traffic charges.
At the Massachusetts DUI Defense Group, our attorneys appear almost every day at show cause hearings in Worcester and Springfield and elsewhere in the state. When we advocate for clients at these hearings, our goal is to prevent criminal charges from being issued. To accomplish this, we explore all aspects of the matter and try to determine why the police even requested the hearing. Our Massachusetts lawyers look at whether there is any evidence to warrant further legal action.
Contact our Worcester office today if you have been summoned to a clerk magistrate hearing. Schedule a FREE initial consultation by calling (800) 82-DEFENSE (1-800-823-3336).
Do I Really Need a Lawyer for a Show Cause Hearing?
Individuals are sometimes summoned to clerk magistrate hearings for very insubstantial reasons. The police may be fishing or the defendant may have become the object of a personal vendetta. Don't let yourself get dragged into legal trouble needlessly. If you are summoned to a clerk magistrate hearing, call a criminal defense lawyer immediately. With skillful and knowledgeable representation, you may be able to stop the case in its tracks and avoid further criminal prosecution.
Listening Carefully: One Secret to Our Success in Show Cause Hearings
We like to start every case the same way — by listening. We sit down with you (and your witnesses) to hear exactly what happened. The police and the accusers are going to have their story. We'll be presenting yours. That's why it is so important that we start by hearing and understanding your side of it.
We have also succeeded at having charges remanded to clerk magistrate hearings even after an arrest has been made. Although each person's situation is different, if you have been arrested and charged with driver's license violations or shoplifting, it may be possible to have your case turned back to a show cause hearing. Or we may be able to request a dismissal of a misdemeanor charge altogether. We will advise you about your options.
Advantages to Having Representation From the Massachusetts DUI Defense Group
Many of our lawyers are former prosecutors. We know how a criminal case should be developed because we've done it ourselves, many times. We look at the strength of the evidence against you, the nature of the allegation, who has filed the complaint and any other information that could strengthen or weaken your position. In short, our Massachusetts attorneys force the police to prove that there is strong evidence of probable cause to charge you. If the police cannot meet this requirement, the matter will end at this stage and you will emerge with no criminal record.
Contact Our Worcester and Springfield Lawyers if You've Been Called to a Show Cause Hearing
Call (800) 82-DEFENSE (1-800-823-3336) to schedule your FREE initial consultation today. Take charge of your life and your future. Or complete our online contact form and we will get back to you promptly.