If the police are investigating me for a crime and plan on submitting a criminal complaint application that summons me to a clerk's hearing, but they don't have my address, is the hearing still able to move forward? If it was a private citizen instead of the police submitting the complaint against me, would there be any difference?
As a practical matter, the police are the only people who bring criminal complaints. Technically there is a way for a private individual to do it, but generally private individuals make a police report and the police bring a complaint. The summons will be mailed to you at your last known address. You say they "don't have your address" but if you have moved and not updated your public address (such as your RMV record) they will send it to your last known address. Failure to show up at the hearing will result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest in order to come to court. They cannot move forward with the actual hearing, but you can be arrested simply for failure to show up. If you are being charged with a crime, you need to talk to a criminal defense attorney, and go to court if you are aware of a hearing. You can never avoid the charges simply by failing to show up.
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
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