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Attorney Lown wins Clerk Magistrate hearing

​​The victory was achieved through Attorney Lown’s cross-examination of the accuser and a brief argument to the Clerk Magistrate. The Clerk recognized that the accusations did not hold water and that they actually stemmed from a child custody dispute. This was a family issue, not a criminal matter. The clerk determined not to issue a criminal complaint against Lown’s client.

At a clerk magistrate’s hearing, a clerk determines whether a criminal complaint should issue against the accused person. Usually the police did not witness the alleged crime and the accused person was not arrested. It is just the accuser’s word that initiates the process. To achieve success at this stage, the attorney must convince the clerk not to issue a complaint. This means the accused person will be spared from having to show up in court to be arraigned on criminal charges. More info here.

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