A Personal Approach To State And Federal Criminal Defense

Building a good defense includes getting to know each client, their needs and their goals. In addition to my research and case preparation, I make sure that I personally sit down and talk to every client so I understand his or her unique life story. This allows me to make a more effective presentation that includes a complete picture of the person, as well as the unique circumstances present in the case. Such details are often critical in achieving a successful resolution in a criminal case.

I can represent anyone charged with a crime in Massachusetts: adults, college students and juveniles. As a former prosecutor, I know how the state will pursue your case — and how to beat them.

Moving Your Life Forward After An Injury
Getting the compensation you need after a personal injury or wrongful death is often more complex than people realize. You may need a lawyer to fight the insurance company for you. I will investigate your claim, use appropriate experts and visual aids to create a compelling case for compensation that covers all of your losses.

Put A Former Prosecutor In Your Corner

When you’re facing criminal charges, you want experience on your side. I am a former prosecutor who worked on thousands of cases as an assistant district attorney. During my criminal defense career, I have tried over 100 bench and jury trials in the District Court, Superior Court and Federal District Court. I have represented hundreds of arrestees in bail arguments in District and Superior courts of Massachusetts. I have also appeared as lead counsel in dozens of appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. This extensive trial experience gives me an advantage in strategic case preparation, strong negotiation tactics and finely honed trial skills.

I will fight aggressively for you, as I know the negative consequences a criminal conviction can have on one’s life. We will sit down and talk and I will address your concerns and needs. I can be a better advocate for you when I know how to present your case. I am familiar with the tactics prosecutors use to obtain convictions and I can help you successfully navigate your way through the criminal justice system.

Experienced, Strategic Defense For State And Federal Charges
You will work with me from start to finish. I will investigate the scene, talk to witnesses and work with appropriate experts in areas such as firearms, police procedure and toxicology. I also use state-of-the-art legal research databases to locate relevant legal precedent to increase your odds of success.

I represent people charged with any misdemeanor or felony in Massachusetts, including:

  • Traffic violations and license suspensions
  • Drunk driving
  • crimes
  • Weapons and firearms
  • Drug offenses
  • Robbery and burglary
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault and aggravated assault
  • White collar, fraud, embezzlement and forgery
  • Shoplifting and larceny
  • Vandalism and trespassing
  • Violations of court orders and protective orders
  • Gang-related crimes
  • Juvenile and college student offenses
  • Appeals

You Must Take OUI Charges Seriously

OUI (operating under the influence) is a serious crime in Massachusetts. With the passage of Melanie’s Law in 2005, penalties for OUI convictions have increased dramatically. If you are facing OUI charges, you need a tough, experienced lawyer to protect your rights.

As a former assistant district attorney, I know how the state pursues OUI cases — and how to beat them. I understand police procedures and know how to exploit any failures to follow those procedures. I have had considerable experience successfully challenging breath test results in court. I recognize that the state of the law in OUI cases is constantly changing, and I keep updated with the most up-to-date legal research database so as to obtain the best possible results for my clients.

Why Do You Need An Attorney?
Driving with BAC of .08 percent or greater is a crime, not a traffic violation. For a first offense, you may face penalties such as:

  • Loss of your driver’s license
  • Fines, court fees and license reinstatement fees
  • Community service
  • Time in jail
  • Alcohol abuse assessment

Under Melanie’s Law, the penalties have increased dramatically, including mandatory sentences and increased loss of license. For example, on any subsequent OUI conviction, in addition to a mandatory jail sentence, probation and increased license suspension, the court may order you to pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

Melanie’s Law also gave Massachusetts an indefinite look back period for OUI. This means that any subsequent drunk driving offense is considered a subsequent offense, regardless of how long ago the first offense occurred. In addition, you cannot expunge an OUI conviction from your record.

A conviction or guilty plea for OUI also means that your insurance premiums will rise. If you have a commercial driver’s license or have another type of professional license, your career may be at risk.