Dedham Clerk Magistrates Hearing

The Purpose of a Dedham Clerk Magistrates Hearing

Occasionally, in Massachusetts, a police officer will not arrest someone for a misdemeanor criminal charge if the police did not witness that misdemeanor. However, the police, after gathering the facts from witness statements, can apply for a criminal complaint at Dedham District Court at which time a summons will be issued to you requesting you to show up for a clerk magistrate’s hearing (also know as a clerks hearing or a show cause hearing). This summons can be issued even if you haven’t been arrested and failure to show up for the Dedham clerk magistrates hearing will result in the formal issuance of a criminal complaint.


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The purpose of the Dedham clerk’s hearing is to determine if there is probable cause to issue a formal criminal complaint, which, if issued, initiates the legal process, which comes in the form of an arraignment.

A lot is on the line at a Dedham District Court Clerks Hearing and you will need an experienced Magistrate’s hearing attorney to insure your rights and interests are protected. If the clerk magistrate finds probable cause to issue the complaint against you not only will you have a permanent criminal charge on your record but you will also have to deal with these charges at the district court level. This will mean more court appearances, higher legal fees and a potential criminal trial. However, if our Massachusetts criminal defense lawyers can present the facts to the clerk and the clerk comes to the determination that there isn’t enough probable cause to issue a complaint then the application for the criminal complaint will be denied and all charges will be dismissed and wiped clean off your record.

Dedham District Court Clerk Magistrates Hearing Lawyer, Free Consultation

The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan has been representing clients facing misdemeanor charges ranging from drug possession, shoplifting, assault and battery on a household member, motor vehicle infractions, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace at Massachusetts  Clerk’s Hearings for over 35 years. If you have been mailed a summons to appear before the clerk please call our Dedham clerks hearing attorney today and we will get working on you case right away. We will gather witness statements, review the criminal complaint, and call and speak with the issuing officer.

Attorney Gerald J. Noonan has over 35 years of legal experience and has been to hundreds of magistrate’s hearings. Attorney Noonan is a Dedham clerk magistrates hearing defense lawyer that will vigorously defend your rights. Please call to schedule a free consultation today, or use our confidential online contact form.

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