About Your Clerk Magistrate Hearing
The most important goal in a criminal matter is to prevent having a criminal record. If you have been charged with a crime, you naturally want to stay out of jail and avoid costly penalties, but the longest-lasting effect of your case’s outcome will be whether you can walk away without a damaging blemish on your record. If we defend you in a minor criminal matter, we will work hard to protect your interests through aggressive defense at every stage, which may include a clerk magistrate hearing.
A pivotal moment in many misdemeanor cases takes place at a “show cause hearing,” also known as a clerk magistrate hearing. Such hearings can keep many minor criminal cases out of the criminal justice system, benefiting both the defendant and overburdened courts. At J. W. Carney, Jr. and Associates, we are ready to apply our more than 40 years of legal experience to defend you from misdemeanor charges, beginning in your clerk magistrate hearing, if applicable in your case.
Keep Your Misdemeanor Case Out Of Criminal Court If Possible
J. W. Carney, Jr. and Associates evaluates campus drug crime arrests and other misdemeanor cases carefully to determine which of our clients may avoid prosecution through clerk magistrate hearings and prevent having criminal records.
Your defense attorney at J. W. Carney, Jr. and Associates may obtain the desired outcome at your clerk magistrate hearing in one of the following ways:
- By presenting relevant facts that prove to the clerk magistrate that there is no probable cause to show that a crime was committed
- By demonstrating compelling reasons to believe that the police accused the wrong person
- By procuring an agreement with the police and/or the clerk magistrate that will allow you the chance to fulfill conditions, such as community service, drug dependency counseling or some other type of therapy while staying out of further trouble. At a later continued session of the hearing, if you have met the conditions, the clerk magistrate may agree not to issue a criminal complaint.
Use Your Right To Stay Silent, And Let One Of Our Defense Lawyers Fight For Your Future
Successful case outcomes achieved through clerk magistrate hearings begin with skillful, early legal counsel. To keep this option open in your misdemeanor case, get a skilled defender on board as soon as possible. Also, do not discuss your case with anyone but your defense lawyer.