Despite what you see on TV, not all criminal cases begin with an offender being put in handcuffs and taken away in a police car. In many misdemeanor cases, an offender may be given the notice to appear for a clerk magistrate hearing rather than being placed under arrest. The order may place certain restrictions on your movements, but you can still live at home and go about your normal life until your hearing date.
During this time, it’s vital that you prepare for your appearance at the clerk magistrate hearing. If you don’t do everything you can to protect your rights, you could be arrested and formally charged with a crime at the conclusion of the hearing.
Preparing for Your Clerk Magistrate Hearing
The single best way to prepare for a clerk’s hearing is to hire an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney to represent you. Our defense legal team will know how to present your case in the best possible light, making it more likely that the charges against you will be dismissed without the need for trial.