Criminal clerk's hearings are preliminary hearings to determine if probable cause exists to advance the complaint. Treat this hearing as you would any other criminal matter and be prepared.
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It is a good idea to contact a lawyer prior to the clerk's hearing. In these hearing's testimony given by you may affect your right to remain silent. So it is important to make sure someone is representing your interests without waiving your Constitutional rights. Lawyers in these matters have an advantage where they can contact the court in advance and read the police report or the complaint. This way, they can be prepared to counter any of the evidence.
In certain situations, cross complaints may be filed against the person bringing the complaint. This is typically true when the allegations are the result of a fight or other dispute where both parties may have been injured. Be proactive and file any cross complaints when you receive notice of the hearing so that all the matters can be heard simultaneously.
If you have any evidence that the charges should not be advanced, you want to present this evidence at the clerk magistrate's hearing.
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