Brookline, Massachusetts Criminal Lawyers

David Duncan
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Massachusetts Criminal Law Attorney

University of Pennsylvania Law School and Columbia Law SchoolMassachusetts and Pennsylvania
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Benjamin Duggan Esq.
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Free Consultation! Success and Experience Fighting for the Criminally Accused!

I am a skilled attorney that understands the complexities of criminal defense law. I will aggressively defend you against criminal charges! Visit my website to see testimonials and results. Call for a free consultation.
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Ruth O'Meara-Costello
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Massachusetts Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience

Harvard Law SchoolMassachusetts
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Andrew Brodie
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Free Consultation! Skilled and Passionate Criminal Defense Attorney! Call Now!

I provide aggressive and focused legal representation to fight criminal charges. I am dedicated to protecting your rights and interests! Visit my website for testimonials and case results. Call for a free consultation.
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Brookline, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(617) 608-0023 1170 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Newton, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(617) 996-9483
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90 High Rock Terrace
Newton, MA 02467
Criminal and Personal Injury
Brookline, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(617) 991-9901 1318 Beacon Street Suite 15
Brookline, MA 02446
Criminal
Brookline, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(617) 739-2300 62 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02445
Criminal, DUI and Military
Brookline, MA Criminal Law Attorney
(617) 566-2300 27 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02445
Criminal and Real Estate
Joseph B. Simons
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(781) 797-0555 1 International Place
Suite 1400
Boston, MA 02110
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Domestic Violence
Suffolk University Law School
Successfully defending people against criminal charges in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.
(978) 741-7000 30 Church Street
Suite 202
Salem, MA 01970
Dakota Martin
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(617) 657-4529 35 India Street
suite 300
Boston, MA 02110
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and White Collar Crime
After practicing for several years as a defense attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, attorney Dakota D. Martin returned to Massachusetts to open a criminal defense practice in downtown Boston. Attorney Martin focuses his practice on criminal defense while taking select personal injury and civil cases. A member of Suffolk Lawyers For Justice and well established solo practitioner, attorney Martin's represents the accused in courts throughout the Commonwealth. No matter what you're facing, your case will receive the utmost attention at Dakota Martin Law. Criminal accusations can ruin lives. Defend yourself, but don't do...
Stephen Neyman Esq.
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(617) 263-6800 50 Congress St
#525
Boston, MA 02109
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Golden Gate University School of Law
Attorney Stephen Neyman was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Lehigh University earning a degree in government. He went on to law school in San Francisco at Golden Gate University School of Law. After law school Mr. Neyman was employed by the Law Offices of Wilhelm, Thompson, Wentholt and Gibbs where he was part of a criminal defense team. One year later Steve secured a highly coveted position as a Deputy District Attorney at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. There, Attorney Neyman prosecuted countless cases including drug crimes, sex crimes and murders. Street gang prosecutions were also a focus...
200 Sutton Street
Suite 231
North Andover, MA 01845
Alec S. Pine
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(857) 529-8860 699 Boylston Street
Floor 12
Boston, MA 02116
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Hofstra University
Alec Pine is a seasoned trial attorney who practices in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury.

Alec began his legal career as a public defender with the New York City Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice in Bronx County. While there, he earned the respect and admiration of clients, peers and judges for his devoted client advocacy and polished trial skills. During this time, he fought for over 1000 clients facing criminal charges and attained numerous not guilty verdicts, dismissals and suppression of evidence as lead counsel in both jury and bench trials.

Following his time at the Legal...
Michael R Schneider
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(617) 523-5933 83 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110
Criminal and Appeals
Columbia Law School and The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts)
Michael Schneider is an experienced criminal defense attorney, concentrating in appellate, habeas corpus, new trial motions, and other post-conviction litigation. Michael has defended homicide, serious felony, and misdemeanor cases and has handled complex federal sentencing and parole matters. Michael's cases have often involved international human rights, national security, export controls, international law, and constitutional civil rights issues. Michael devotes a significant part of his practice to the representation of professors, postdocs, and other scientists accused of scientific research misconduct and also of students accused of plagiarism and academic misconduct at area law schools, medical schools, hospitals, and...
Inga Bernstein
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Massachusetts Criminal Law Attorney

Harvard Law SchoolMassachusetts
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Zoraida Fernandez
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Massachusetts Criminal Law Lawyer

University of Michigan Law SchoolU.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, California and Massachusetts
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Benjamin Duggan Esq.
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer
(617) 720-8447 10 Tremont St
6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationCriminal, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
William D. Kickham Esq.
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Westwood, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(781) 320-0062 119 Fisher St
#1
Westwood, MA 02090
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney William Kickham has more than 20 years of legal practice from diverse positions in law and media, providing counsel on a wide range of legal and trial issues, in both the civil and criminal arenas. Mr. Kickham presently practices law in his own firm in Westwood, Massachusetts, and until recently was the Executive Producer and host of his own TV talk show, At The Bar, previously broadcast on the Comcast network in the suburban Boston market, discussing a variety of legal and litigation issues within Massachusetts and nationally. In his diverse legal roles, Mr. Kickham has...
(781) 320-0062 101 Federal St
#1900
Boston, MA 02110
Christopher DiBella
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(617) 870-0907 8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Everyone deserves committed legal representation, and Attorney Christopher DiBella has dedicated his legal career to exceeding clients' expectations in every case. The first of his family to attend college, he proceeded to graduate from law school with honors. Since opening DiBella Law Offices, P.C. in 2004, he has earned numerous awards. He was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer from 2011 through 2017, and has been awarded "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He also has been named "Rising Star" by Boston Magazine – an honor achieved by no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the...
(978) 258-7600 300 Brickstone Square, Suite 201
Andover, MA 01810
(978) 327-5140 45 Osgood Street
Suite 302
Methuen, MA 01844
(781) 262-3338 127 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ismail Mohammed
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(617) 532-1911 Suite 302
Boston, MA 02110
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Immigration
Massachusetts School of Law
Ismail Mohammed founded The Law Office of Ismail Mohammed in 2004 to offer legal services in the field of criminal defense and immigration in Boston, Massachusetts having earned his Juris Doctor degree from Massachusetts School of Law at Andover in 2000. It was from there that he became a bar advocate with the Middlesex Defense attorneys since 2005 representing mainly indigent clients. At the Law Office of Ismail Mohammed, we are passionate about representing all clients in criminal defense and immigration cases. We help families, individuals and companies with visa applications, green card applications, citizenship/naturalization and cancellation from deportation/removal...
David R. Yannetti
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(617) 338-6006 Ten Winthrop Square
Boston, MA 02110
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Domestic Violence
Boston College Law School
By any objective measure, Attorney David R. Yannetti has reached the top of his profession. Attorney Yannetti has achieved an acquittal in a first-degree murder case after first obtaining a new trial for his client, who had served sixteen years in state prison after being wrongfully convicted. Later in the year, Attorney Yannetti was selected to compete in the annual "Battle of the Lawyers," sponsored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Attorney Yannetti's re-creation of his famous closing argument in the Jeffrey Curley murder case earned him top honors, as he took home the trophy for having presented the...
Ryan S. Caselden
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Cambridge, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(617) 863-6447 111 Rice Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Miami School of Law
Bart Peter Simonian
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Cambridge, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Business and DUI
New England Law | Boston
Steven Charles Goldwyn
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Cambridge, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
Frank Fernandez
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(617) 393-0250 4 Longfellow Pl, #3502
Boston, MA 02114
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Washington University School of Law
Attorney Fernandez has been litigating both criminal and personal injury cases in State and Federal Court for over 20 years. Put his vast trial experience to work for you by calling and receiving a free consultation related to your case. He began practice as a criminal prosecutor in the City of St. Louis where he gained extensive trial experience. Now as a criminal lawyer in Boston attorney Fernandez puts that trial experience to work for his private clients. Mr. Fernandez has helped college students from all over Massachusetts who face criminal charges. University students with...
Joe Serpa
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Quincy, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
500 Victory Rd.
Suite 400
Quincy, MA 02171
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Georgetown University Law Center
Attorney Joe Serpa is a criminal and civil trial attorney located in Boston with a winning record in the trial courts of Massachusetts. With an innovative and assertive approach to the law, Attorney Serpa has successfully defended his clients in serious felony prosecutions charging murder to sexual assault to operating under the influence of alcohol (DWI / OUI). He has consistently tried cases to acquittal before juries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Attorney Serpa's clients have been found not guilty in ninety percent of those trials over nearly two decades. ...
(617) 936-0201 20 Park Plaza
#400
Boston, MA 02116
Benjamin P. Urbelis
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Free Consultation! Successful Criminal Defense Attorney! Zealous Advocate!

I am an experienced and trusted criminal defense attorney. I will aggressively defend you against criminal charges, and fight to secure your freedom! Visit my website for more information. Call for a free consultation.
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Denise Dolan
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Free Consultation! Experienced and Qualified Criminal Defense Attorney!

I am a skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney! I am committed to providing you with exceptional service and results! Visit my website to see client testimonials and case results. Call for a free consultation.
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Desmond Patrick FitzGerald
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(617) 523-6320 185 Devonshire Street, Suite 601
Boston, MA 02110
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Immigration and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Desmond P. FitzGerald is the Principal and Managing Director of Fitzgerald Law Company in Boston, MA. He is a criminal and immigration litigator and has successfully litigated hundreds of immigration cases in Federal court. He has more than 20 decisions published and many of them have created precedent. Attorney FitzGerald is admitted by the Bar to practice law in MA, NH, FL, and Washington D.C. and he is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). For more information visit: http://www.fitzgeraldlawcompany.com and www.fitzgeraldlawcompany.com/espanol/
Attorney Mark C. Rossi
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(617) 956-0956 6 Beacon Street
Suite 225
Boston, MA 02108
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Immigration and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Our Managing Partner, Mark C. Rossi, is a prominent member of the Massachusetts legal community, publishing articles and frequently participating as panelists in conferences dealing with the complexities associated with bankruptcy and insolvency as well as other legal matters. Our attorneys represent individuals, families, businesses, and organizations in many different types of legal cases involving; Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy, Immigration, Real Estate. Attorney Rossi manages the the Bankruptcy and Insolvency group at the Bostonian Legal Group. The bankruptcy group focuses on all aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency, providing reasoned and realistic guidance for individual and corporate debtors considering...
Eliot Brais
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer
(800) 499-0551 8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Estate Planning
New England Law | Boston
Bradley L. Henry
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Boston , MA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
90 Canal Street
4th Floor
Boston , MA 02114
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Securities and White Collar Crime
University of Tennessee College of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law
Bradley L. Henry is a leading white collar and federal criminal defense attorney with extensive experience handling complex criminal matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country, including in the United States Supreme Court. Brad’s practice includes the representation of executives and other individuals in connection with a variety of federal and state offenses, including computer fraud and abuse, tax fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, money laundering, export violations, environmental crimes, bribery of government officials and theft of trade secrets.  In addition to his white collar practice, Brad also represents individuals charged with...
(212) 813-2292 American Express Tower, 200 Vesey Street
24th Floor
New York, NY 10281
(865) 670-8535 900 S. Gay Street
Ste 1950
KNOXVILLE, TN 37902
Matthew Foti
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Cambridge, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Criminal, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
James W. Duffy
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer
(617) 720-8447 10 Tremont St
6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationCriminal, Employment, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
James Duffy is a 2017 cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School, graduating with Distinction in the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration.

While at Suffolk, Jim was an active member of the Suffolk Prosecutors Program, where he represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the prosecution of criminal matters. In that job, he conducted legal and factual research, drafted pleadings, and regularly appeared in court to argue on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Jim also received numerous awards for his academic and advocacy achievements while in law school. He received the Distinguished Brief award and was named Best Oral Advocate in his first...
(617) 720-8447 1 Exchange Place
Worcester, MA 01608
Samuel B. Goldberg
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Cambridge, MA Criminal Law Attorney
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and White Collar Crime
Boston University School of Law
Kevin M. Cloutier
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West Roxbury, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(617) 327-3811 1990 Centre St
West Roxbury, MA 02132
Free ConsultationCriminal, Personal Injury and Real Estate
New England Law | Boston
Steven John Topazio
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(617) 422-5803 44 School Street, Suite 1000
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
New England Law | Boston
Steven J. Topazio is a Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer who focuses his practice on criminal defense and criminal law issues in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Licensed to practice law since 1986, Attorney Topazio has successfully defended thousands of individuals charged with various criminal offenses. Over the course of his 25 year legal career, Attorney Topazio has acquired the knowledge, courtroom savvy and legal expertise from countless courtroom battles to become one of Boston's Top Lawyers.
Peter V. Bellotti
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Quincy, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(617) 328-2300 1372 Hancock St
#201
Quincy, MA 02169
Free ConsultationCriminal, Arbitration & Mediation and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Anthony R. Riccio
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Syracuse University College of LawMassachusetts
William D. Kickham Esq.
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John C. Olivieri Esq
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Cambridge, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(877) 385-4179 45 Prospect Street
Central Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
American University
Welcome to JCO Law Firm. We are a Massachusetts Criminal Defense Law Firm, based in Cambridge serving the Greater Boston area, Middlesex county, and Essex county. We provide our clients comprehensive criminal defense solutions covering the entire spectrum of criminal charges with key core specializations in traffic ticket defense, DUI defense, and drug related offenses. Our mission is to provide top-rate criminal defense at an affordable price. No matter what your charge (or your budget), we guarantee you the best criminal defense available. At JCO Law Firm, our Boston Criminal Attorneys fight harder than anyone else to make sure you...
Michael D. Kelly Esq.
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(617) 807-0855 83 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
Free ConsultationCriminal, Personal Injury and Products Liability
New England Law | Boston
Michael Kelly focuses his legal practice primarily on plaintiff’s personal injury cases such as car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and slip and fall accidents in Boston and throughout Massachusetts. Mr. Kelly is an experienced trial lawyer with demonstrated skills in negotiating with insurance companies. He has negotiated successful resolutions of numerous injury claims, achieving six figure settlements for his clients. His litigation skills benefit his clients whose cases go to trial. Mr. Kelly was included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyer List of Rising Stars, a coveted distinction that no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a state...
John T. Martin
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(617) 720-8447 10 Tremont St
6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Ruth O'Meara-Costello
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(617) 742-6020 65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
Criminal, Education and Employment
Harvard Law School
Naomi R. Shatz
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer
(617) 742-6020 65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
Criminal, Civil Rights and Employment
Yale Law School
Steven E. Altman
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Cambridge, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Suffolk University Law School
Kathleen M. McCarthy
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Attorney
(978) 975-8060 50 Congress St
#525
Boston, MA 02109
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Domestic Violence
Boston College Law School
Brian Goodwin
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(617) 571-3310 8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Criminal, Business and Real Estate
Suffolk University and Western New England College
Brian Goodwin is a criminal defense attorney based out of Boston Massachusetts. Attorney Goodwin has over 16 years of experience in the Massachusetts criminal justice system. He has worked as a police officer, police detective, county prosecutor and criminal defense attorney over the past two decades. Attorney Goodwin’s law enforcement background gives him a unique perspective that few other criminal defense practitioners possess.
Richard J. Floor
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Cambridge, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Villanova University School of Law and Boston College
Benjamin P. Urbelis
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(617) 830-2188 98 N Washington St
#305
Boston, MA 02114
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
Suffolk University Law School
Edward Krippendorf
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Massachusetts Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience

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James W. Duffy
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James Duffy is a 2017 cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School, graduating with Distinction in the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Concentration.While at Suffolk, Jim was an active member of the... Read More »
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.