Clerk Magistrate and Show Cause Hearings

In Massachusetts, police are limited in their ability to arrest individuals accused of certain misdemeanor offenses that are committed outside of their presence. If you have been accused of a misdemeanor offense, you may be asked to appear at a Clerk Magistrate’s hearing. These hearings are sometimes referred to as “show cause” hearings.

The purpose of a clerk hearing is to determine if there is sufficient cause for the issuance of a criminal complaint. If you are successful, no criminal complaint will be issued and you will have no criminal charge on your record. If you are not successful, you will face charges.

That is why it is important to get an attorney on your side as early as possible. Contact the Coughlin Law Group in Boston, Massachusetts, today to discuss your case with our experienced lawyers. We know the law and understand how to effectively defend clients at clerk’s hearings.

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Do not go to a clerk’s hearing alone. Getting out in front of the charges at this stage could save you a great deal of stress in the future. Clerk’s hearings are for misdemeanor or traffic offenses, including:

  • Larceny
  • Drug possession
  • Traffic violations
  • Simple assault and battery
  • Most other misdemeanor and traffic offenses

While many of these charges may seem minor, a conviction could still lead to permanent criminal record. Failure to pay fines or abide by the terms of probation could also lead to more serious punishments.

Let us put our experience to work for you. We may be able to resolve your case quickly and help you avoid criminal charges altogether. If a criminal complaint is issued, we will fight your charges and vigorously defend your rights.

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Contact The Coughlin Law Group As Soon As Possible

Do not take these matters lightly. Address your accusations head-on with our guidance. To schedule a free consultation with our experienced lawyers at the Coughlin Law Group, call 617-758-8888 or contact us by e-mail.