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Magistrate/ Show Cause Hearing

Don’t Go To a Show Cause Hearing Without An Attorney!

It is your best opportunity to beat the case and protect your probation record.

A Clerk Magistrate’s Hearing (also known as a “Show Cause” Hearing) is one of the first stages in the Massachusetts court system. In some cases, you may be called into a Clerk’s Hearing via a criminal citation or summons through the mail, instead of being arrested and arraigned on misdemeanor charges.

The purpose of a Show Cause Hearing is to determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe you have committed a crime, in which case a complaint will issue. You will then be arraigned in court before a judge and prosecuted by an Assistant District Attorney.

At The Law Offices of Elliot Savitz & Scott Bradley we have been at Clerk’s Hearings with clients facing charges including drug possession, shoplifting, assault, and criminal traffic offenses. An experienced attorney can help in these matters, keeping you out of jail and ultimately saving you money in fines and insurance rate increases.

It is critically important to have an attorney present at a Massachusetts Clerk’s Hearing/Show Cause Hearing to give you more than a fighting chance of getting the charges against you dropped. A good criminal defense lawyer will use the Show Cause Hearing as an opportunity to get the entire case thrown out, in which case it will not appear on your CORI. In fact, when we represent a client at a Clerk’s Hearing, more than 80% of the time, no complaint is issued.

Some lawyers tell their clients to go to a Clerk’s Hearing themselves, and then call them if a complaint is issued. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS MISTAKE!

Massachusetts Clerk’s/Show Cause Hearing Legal Strategies

The goal of the Show Cause Hearing is to convince the Clerk that there is not sufficient evidence to bring the case forward. At The Law Offices of Elliot Savitz & Scott Bradley, we will use every conceivable argument to convince him/her of that. We will also argue that it is in the interests of justice not to issue a complaint, even if there is probable cause, particularly if you are a first-time offender.

Call The Law Offices of Elliot Savitz & Scott Bradley to speak about your Massachusetts Clerk’s Hearing, and we will give you specific advice about options to protect your rights and your freedom.


“Dear Elliot, Just a short note filled with heartfelt thanks for your help and support in my defense during my court appearance. I can’t begin to express how grateful I am knowing this foolish incident and its aftermath is finally over. Thank again, so very much.”
“Thank you for representing me in court. Everything worked out for the better. I have been attending all my AA meetings, consulting at Catholic Charities and meeting with my probation officer. I haven’t had a drink since the day I went to court and everything is great at home.”
“I wanted to thank you again. I’m at the end of my probation period. I could not have done it without you. You were such a great support. I just want to let you know I appreciated everything you did.”
“Dear Mr Savitz, Thank you so much for all your hard work, as well as your persistence on my case. I really appreciate your sensitivity in dealing with me on this matter. I feel good about the outcome of my case and am grateful to you for resolving it quickly.”
“I cannot begin to tell you how much I’ve appreciated your most sincere guidance & support. This has been one of the most difficult years we’ve been through with our son. We could not have hoped for a more positive outcome.”
“I really wanted to thank you so much. I cannot thank you enough. You were always there to fulfill whatever was required by the court.”
“I’m sitting here thinking about what a remarkable victory you pulled off. I just had to let you know that it was an outstanding victory. Well done.”
“Dear Elliot, People are not immune to the ‘fortune’ in their life. The bright side is that someone is out there to save them. You are the person saving my fate. You represent ‘integrity and justice.’ You are the best lawyer on earth.”
“We were absolutely astonished and very grateful for how Elliot handled our son’s case and would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of legal council!”




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Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing criminal charges, call The Law Offices of Elliot Savitz & Scott Bradley, at (781) 974-3429.

We are available 24/7 and can assess your criminal charges over the phone to quickly determine your best course of action. Then, our law office will represent you in court as we fight together against your charges.

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