Clerk Magistrate "Show Cause" Hearings

Determining Probable Cause in Massachusetts

Law Office of Kevin P. O'Malley, P.C.


Attorneys for Massachusetts Clerk Magistrate Hearings

In Massachusetts, when someone is charged with a misdemeanor crime, he or she is entitled to a Clerk Magistrate hearing, sometimes referred to as a “show cause” hearing. During this hearing, the clerk determines if there is probable cause for a criminal complaint.

It is important to seek legal counsel prior to your clerk’s hearing. A knowledgeable lawyer will know how to properly present your case and work toward avoiding criminal charges.

Our attorneys at The Law Office of Kevin P. O’Malley, P.C. have extensive experience representing clients in Clerk’s Magistrate “show cause” hearings in the Boston area. For a consultation with one of our skilled attorneys, contact us online or call our law office in Medford at 1-888-801-1514.

Determining Probable Cause in Massachusetts

At the hearing, the person or entity bringing charges against you will read the police report and describe the events leading to the charges. The Clerk Magistrate will consider all the evidence before him or her, decide whether probable cause exists, and whether you should be charged with a crime. If the Clerk Magistrate determines there is probable cause, the criminal charge will move forward. If there is no probable cause, no charges are issued.

At The Law Office of Kevin P. O’Malley, P.C., we can represent you in a Clerk Magistrate “show cause” hearing for any charge, including:

  • Drug possession
  • Larceny under $250
  • Shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft crimes
  • Assault
  • Criminal traffic charges

Traffic Charges & Clerk’s Hearings

In criminal traffic charges, an experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you avoid fees, points on your driver’s license and increased insurance fees by aggressively representing you during your hearing.

Contact The Law Office of Kevin P. O’Malley, P.C. to learn more about how we can represent you at your clerk’s hearing.


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