I am in Massachusetts and I got a criminal traffic citation. How can I request police report and criminal citations?

  • How long ago was this ticket made. As the defendent in this case, the government must turn over all relevent documentation. A call to records would likely suffice.
    – hszmv
    May 31, 2018 at 20:36
  • Three weeks ago.
    – 171124
    May 31, 2018 at 20:49
  • Criminal? As in not just a ticket, but misdemeanor charge? May 31, 2018 at 21:01
  • True. Some charge.
    – 171124
    May 31, 2018 at 21:10
  • "A call to records." Would you be a bit of specific?
    – 171124
    May 31, 2018 at 22:00

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The citation itself is on file in the court where you'll have charges. Obtaining it should be as easy as walking in to the clerk's office and asking for it.

The incident report may be different. In some courts, it will just be filed with the citation, which should make it easy to get. And in some places, police will just give you a copy if you ask for it, though I'm not sure what Massachusetts' laws are on that. If you can't get it either of those ways, you may be able to access it in the discovery phase of your case. Especially if it gets that far, you should definitely get an attorney to help you out.

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