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.

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.

Experienced trial attorney specializing in criminal and civil litigation

Being involved in the legal system can be an intimidating and life changing event. You need an aggressive attorney who is willing to listen to you and fight for your rights. The Law Office of Austin J. Freeley’s mission is to represent its clients zealously, placing their needs at the forefront at all times so as to obtain justice for its clients. Through preparation, investigation and dedication, the Law Office of Austin J. Freeley continues to successfully advance the causes that matter to you.

The Law Office of Austin J. Freeley employs the latest legal research tools to stay on top of ever-changing developments in the law so to provide clients facing significant life-altering decisions with sound, effective legal advice. The Law Office of Austin J. Freeley utilizes private investigators, video choreographers, forensic experts such as engineers, physicians, psychologists, mechanics, etc. as well as a vast array of other valuable professional contacts to provide clients with the resources necessary to prevail in the Massachusetts court system.

A former prosecutor, attorney Freeley has extensive experience in trial and appellate advocacy. As an A.D.A. in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1993 until 1996, attorney Freeley specialized in appellate and trial practice. He successfully argued numerous cases before the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. In his 18 years of trial experience, Attorney Freeley has served as lead trial counsel on more than 100 bench and jury trials on in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Attorney Freeley is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk Law School. He is qualified to practice in all courts in Massachusetts, and has been admitted to the U.S. District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. His successes have been reported in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and JAS Publications, among other sources.

The Law Office of Austin J. Freeley offers experienced representation in many civil and criminal matters.
Attorney Freeley can help you with the following matters:

Personal injury
If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence, carelessness or recklessness of another person, the Law Office of Austin J. Freeley can help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The firm handles all types of tort claims, including automobile claims, wrongful death claims, products and premises liability claims, and any claims for injuries resulting from the negligence of another. The firm guarantees results or you pay nothing.

Criminal defense
The Law Office of Austin J. Freeley handles state and federal crimes, ranging from misdemeanor offenses (e.g., shoplifting, OUI, threats, assault and battery, minor drug possession) to major felonies (e.g., armed robbery, violent crimes, arson, rape, drug trafficking). As a former assistant district attorney, Austin J. Freeley has an in-depth understanding of the tactics, approaches and objectives of prosecutors and police officers. The firm is particularly adept at handling issues involving illegal police searches and seizures. Austin J. Freeley can get illegally obtained evidence thrown out of your case.

Civil rights
Each of us has certain rights guaranteed under state and federal constitutions. When those rights are violated by the government, you may be entitled to money damages, attorney fees, costs and even a court order preventing the wrongful conduct. Austin J. Freeley specializes in cases of police misconduct, such as the use of excessive force, unlawful arrests and illegal searches of your person, your home or your automobile. If your constitutional rights have been violated, the firm can get you the justice you deserve.