Attending a Magistrate Hearing with legal representation is not required, however it can be the difference between the matter being resolved at the hearing or a complaint being filed. Once a complaint issues against you it will appear on your criminal record and be a part of any future background check. If the complaint does not issue, then there is no public record of it.

The standard for showing probable cause at a magistrate hearing is much lower than proving guilt, the clerk magistrate only has to believe that you might have committed the crime to issue the complaint. A defense attorney understands how the clerk magistrate and police officers view certain cases, will know if there is a legal aspect that can prevent the complaint from issuing and can lobby for you to reduce or dismiss the charges pending against you.