Show Cause/Probable Cause Hearings

Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer

Just because the police have incriminating evidence, it does not mean a complaint will be filed against you. Criminal defense attorneys at Alekman DiTusa, LLC, offer skilled representation at show cause/probable cause hearings in Springfield, Massachusetts, and statewide. Attorney Alekman and Attorney DiTusa have the experience, knowledge, and ability to provide the vigorous defense that is necessary to help you.

Contact the criminal defense lawyers at Alekman DiTusa, LLC for a free initial consultation.

Show Cause – Probable Cause – Magistrate Hearings

A show cause hearing is a hearing in which the police prosecutor, alleged victim, and charged individual may present or contest evidence before a magistrate. The purpose of the show cause hearing is to determine if there is enough evidence to issue a criminal complaint and move forward with the charges against you. Any statements made by the accused at this stage can be used against him or her. It is crucial to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer for show cause hearings.

In Massachusetts, you have the right to a show cause hearing for most misdemeanors for which you have not been arrested. We are skilled in representing clients in show cause hearings and disputing various charges, such as:

Minor in possession of alcohol
Assault and battery
Motor vehicle offenses
Operating without a license or registration
Using a fake ID
Larceny or shoplifting
Operating to endanger
Drug offenses

Why Hire a Lawyer

Although informal, show cause/probable cause hearings are a very important stage of the criminal law process. Arguments presented at this stage result in the clerk magistrate either issuing a complaint or dismissing the charges against you for lack of probable cause. Attorney Alekman and Attorney DiTusa have often been successful in getting clerks to not issue a complaint even when there is probable cause found. If the case is dismissed at this stage, the charges will never be placed on your record and you will not face further prosecution for this charge.

It is important to have a lawyer who has experience handling show cause hearings. The benefit of hiring a lawyer at this stage far outweighs the early expense of hiring an attorney. Even if your charges are not dropped, at a minimum, your attorney will be able to learn the evidence against you and start preparing an effective defense strategy immediately.

Contact the criminal defense attorneys at Alekman DiTusa, LLC for a free consultation. We will help protect your record and your future.