Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney
It's difficult to know where to turn for answers, but please read on...
If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime in Massachusetts, it may seem as though the world is falling apart. You have questions that need answers - if only for your own peace of mind and to regain some control - and information about not only what to do right now, but a plan moving forward.
The partners of Equitas Law, LLP bring their considerable experience as criminal defense attorneys in Massachusetts, including experience as a former prosecutor, to help guide our clients through the often difficult process of the criminal justice system. We deeply believe that everyone, regardless of the charge, or stage of the criminal process, deserves to receive a defense that achieves the best possible outcome under the circumstances.
Having been a part of the criminal justice system from every perspective, we know that the criminal lawyer you choose absolutely makes a difference.
Of course,every case is unique. There are rarely simple answers, but part of being a criminal defense lawyer is helping to identify not only the legal issues, but also the concerns of the client, and finding a path to help minimize -or completely avoid- the consequences of a criminal charge.
As Massachusetts criminal defense lawyers, we have defended people facing charges ranging from serious felonies including First-Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, Motor Vehicle Homicide, Multiple Offense OUI, Kidnapping, Drug Trafficking, Sexual Assault; Armed Robbery, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. The stakes are extremely high in these cases and the consequences can be devastating to the accused and their family.
Much of the time, however, we represent people accused of relatively minor misdemeanor charges such as First Offense Operating Under the Influence, Sex for a Fee, Shoplifting, Negligent Operation, Minor in Possession of Alcohol (and many other charges).
Regular people who made mistakes. People who have been falsely accused or charged with flimsy evidence. People who have had their constitutional rights violated. People who want to accept responsibility as soon as possible and get back to normalcy. People who want (or need) to take their cases to trial and have a judge or jury decide their fate.
People who are not sure where they stand and need answers.
We have spoken to thousands of people suspected of or accused of crimes. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about criminal charges in Massachusetts.
Free Consultation on Any Massachusetts Criminal Charges
If you would like to speak about your case and get an expert opinion, please call or text us at any time. We will listen to the facts of your case, address your concerns and let you know what your options are.
The initial consultation is free and there is no pressure to hire. If you choose to hire us, we will give you a reasonable quote and we can discuss payment options.
Criminal Defense FAQ
NO, you shouldn't! At least not without a lawyer after careful consideration.
Think about it. The police have a job, which is to solve crimes and bring criminal charges. The onlyreason for them to call you is because they are looking for evidence and there is no better evidence than your statement. Very often, they are calling you because they don't have enough evidence to charge you yet and they're looking to make their case with your statements.
They are not your friends. They are not trying to help you. There is nothing to "clear up". They will not go away if you just admit it and take responsibility.
Seriously, don't speak to the police without consulting a criminal defense lawyer first.
First, unless you have committed a very serious crime, the chances of you going to jail are minimal (especially if you hire a good attorney). In any event, this is not something that typically would happen until many months down the road.
We're not going to lie to you, if the prosecution can meet the burden of proof on your case, there will be consequences, ranging from a slap on the wrist to jail time. Our job is to minimize the consequences and to eliminate them, if possible.
Of course, this depends on the charges, your criminal history and many other factors, so please feel free to reach out and we can give you a more specific answer.
No, no, no, no no! Even if you decide to eventually take responsibility, your lawyer should negotiate the best deal possible. What this means depends entirely the circumstances of your criminal charge, but very often you can take responsibility and still avoid a permanent criminal record. It may also involve:
- Pre-Trial Probation or Pre-Trial Diversion
- An outright Dismissal of your charges upon payment of court costs
- A Continuation Without a Finding, including the length and terms of your probation (after which the case is dismissed)
- A period of straight probation without a jail or state prison sentence
- A suspended sentence, where a sentence is imposed, but not served unless probation is violated
- A lesser sentence to jail or prison and less severe conditions upon release
This is to say nothing of the fact that your case may be winnable on a motion to dismiss or at trial!
In many cases, yes. Some cases have issues that may justify a Motion to Suppress or a Motion to Dismiss for lack of evidence.
Others can and should be taken to trial, or call for a plea as soon as possible so the client can move on with their life.
The decision on what to do really depends on the facts of the case and your individual goals.
This is why it is important to speak to an experienced Massachusetts criminal attorney who can quickly evaluate your specific case to see if there are any issues worth pursuing.
As a criminal defense lawyer, the fact that you clicked this accordion drives me crazy!
No, do NOT talk to the police without a lawyer. They are not your friends. They are not trying to help you. They will not go away if you just admit it and take responsibility.
Their job is to gather evidence of crimes and there is no better evidence than your statement.
It may be that we ultimately decide to give a statement, but only if it will help your case and after careful consideration!
It is very possible that you can avoid a criminal record, especially if you don't have a significant criminal history and and it is a relatively minor offense.
The answer to this question is very case-specific, depending on the facts of your case and what we decide to do with it.
A vast majority of our criminal cases cases are handled on a flat fee basis, ranging from a clerk-magistrate's hearing to superior court or federal court cases.
All we can tell you is that we are always up front and honest, and will treat you fairly. We're also willing to work with you on payments if we can, as this is not all about the money.
Of course, it is prefereable to have an attorney at the arraignment, but don't panic! First, you can call or text me at any time and I may be able to be there. If not, take a look at this link for all the information you need: