Yes. If the matter is dismissed at the magistrate level, no record will appear for your son. It is well worth the expense of an attorney to prevent any entry on your son's record.
Beyond that, any statement your son makes at the hearing may e used against him if the matter is advanced.
If you would like to discuss this issue in detail, I would be happy to speak with you.
I would not recommend driving on a suspended license. In Massachusetts this is a criminal infraction. You could get stopped for any number of reasons beyond having your plates run. Also, depending on what your license is suspended for, you could be looking at jail time. If driving is a necessity, you should apply to the registry board of appeals for a hardship license, an in the meantime have someone else drive you.
You can have an attorney file an appearance on your behalf at any time. Once the attorney has filed an appearance they can file a motion for temporary orders and get into court very quickly if there is no order already.
For the purpse of suspensions the rmv uses conviction date, not offense date. Where the languid are states "shall occur" you may be able to argue this to the hearings officer or rmv board of appeals. If you are unsuccessful you can take the driving class to avoid loss of license for 3 surcharge able offenses.
Your CORI reflects all criminal charges and their dispositions, whether it was dismissed, resulted in a plea, a not guilty entered or a conviction. If the case was dismissed, you may apply to have the matter sealed so it does not cause further problems in your career.
In Massachusetts, to change the amount of a child support order, you have to file a Complaint for Modification based on the change of circumstances that you no longer receive overtime income at your current job. You will need to file this in the Probate and Family Court where the support order came from.
You can get an idea of how much the order may change by entering your information as well as the other parent's information into the child support guidelines worksheet provided on the...