Guide to filing your own criminal complaints in Massachusetts

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Why should you file your own criminal complaint ?

Justice for victims is not always served! Why ? because the police, prosecutors and the judicial system are grossly understaffed and not adequately funded to deal with the current case load. If your a victim, and the police have not adequately investigated your case or have not bothered to file criminal charges. Take matters into your own hands and file a civilian criminal complaint at the clerks office.

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Steps and requirements

1.) File a police incident report 2.) Gather and determine whether you have a reasonable amount of evidence beyond just "he said,she said" to prove a crime was committed against you. 3.) File a criminal complaint form at your the local District court where the offense took place. 4.) Appear at the show cause hearing and present your witnesses and/or evidence to the clerk magistrate. There are no formal rules of evidence at a show cause hearing. This means that hearsay is allowed. You may also bring your own stenographer to create a record. Be prepared and have a legal strategy to prove your case. If possible, hire a competent attorney to attend this hearing to help assure charges are issued against the perpetrators.

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