Westminster, Massachusetts Criminal Lawyers

Edwin H Howard II
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Fitchburg, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(978) 627-4155 154 Prichard St
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Massachusetts School of Law
David Allen LaPointe
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Winchendon, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(978) 297-2390 518 Central Street
Winchendon, MA 01475
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Massachusetts School of Law
Kristen Jay Patria
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Fitchburg, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
128 Prichard Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
New York Law School
Attorney Kristen Jay Patria has twenty years of experience successfully fighting for clients facing criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies. Whether your case is an OUI/DUI, a domestic assault, gun or drug charges or even murder, Attorney Patria will render his best professional skill in order to ensure maximum results. Attorney Patria has successfully handled thousands of criminal cases and has tried hundreds in both the district and superior courts in several counties. In addition to obtaining the best possible outcome in every case, it is an underlying concern to Attorney...
Jennifer LaBaire
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Leominster, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(978) 537-2636 2 Washington Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
Nicholas Carbone
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Fitchburg, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(978) 987-6163 625 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, DUI and Personal Injury
Attorney Carbone focuses his practice on Criminal and Civil Litigation. Prior to forming Boyle & Carbone, P.C., Attorney Carbone worked as an associate for a Worcester law firm focusing on Family Law and Criminal Defense, as a prosecutor in District Attorney Joseph Early’s Office and also served as an intern for the Honorable Judge Timothy Hillman in the United States District Court. Attorney Carbone possesses experience and an excruciating work ethic that is evident in all cases that he works on. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as in the United States District...
Karli S. Fernandez-Fontaine
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Leominster, MA Criminal Law Attorney
(978) 870-4045 305 Whitney Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Criminal, Animal, Arbitration & Mediation and DUI
Elizabeth K. Halloran
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Leominster, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(978) 534-2444 142 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
New England Law | Boston

Elizabeth K. Halloran, Associate Attorney with the firm concentrates her practice in all aspects of divorce and family law, criminal defense, personal injury, litigation and real estate. Ms. Halloran began her practice of law in 2012 after earning her Juris Doctor from New England Law | Boston.

Prior to joining the Roncone Law Offices, PC, Ms. Halloran was a Prosecutor/Assistant District Attorney with the Worcester County District Attorney's Office where she handled prosecution of various felonies and misdemeanors before the District and Superior Courts. Just prior to joining the firm, she was responsible for prosecuting domestic violence related crime(s.) She has...
John Lawrence Roncone III
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Leominster, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(978) 534-2444 142 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Attorney John L. Roncone, III. (Jay), began his practice of law in 1991 after graduating from Gettysburg College (PA) and the New England School of Law (Boston, MA). He has practiced primarily in the areas of: personal injury (auto accidents, dog bites, slip and fall), criminal defense (assault, DWI/OUI, drug charges, etc.) and family law (divorce, child support, restraining orders, adoption, etc.). He has extensive experience representing clients in the various District Courts, Probate and Family Courts, Superior Courts, and Federal Courts within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has also successfully represented parties in numerous arbitration and mediation hearings, saving...
Michael Franklin
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Worcester, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(508) 752-2727 5 State Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Western New England University School of Law
Attorney Michael Franklin is a top rated divorce and criminal defense lawyer in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1963 and began his legal internship in the prestigious family law firm of Norman and Ricci in 1984 while a junior at Clark University. He maintained a relationship with this firm throughout law school at Western New England College School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Franklin worked as an associate attorney at Norman and Ricci from 1991 until 1993. Mr. Franklin has maintained his own law practice since 1995. He has been a certified family law...
William S Smith
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Holden, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(774) 317-9287 997 Main Street
Holden, MA 01520
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Employment and White Collar Crime
Attorney William S. Smith is the co-author of “Warrantless Searches of Persons or Places” in the award-winning reference manual used by attorneys, “Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts.” He has been an invited lecturer and instructor at many continuing legal education seminars and conferences for attorneys. The founder of the first and only website for appellate criminal defense attorneys in the state, he was also a guest on a major television talk show in Boston. As a bar association leader, Attorney Smith has testified before the Massachusetts Judiciary Committee in the Statehouse multiple times with respect to criminal justice legislation. He...
Jeffrey Allan Miller Esq.
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Worcester, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(508) 615-5997 27 West Mountain Street
Worcester, MA 01606
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Construction and Family
Jeffrey Allan Miller graduated from Worcester State College with Honors with a B.S. in Psychology, and earned a J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. He attained both degrees while working full time and is no stranger to hard work, which carries over to his legal practice. Attorney Miller is skilled in Family Law, Bankruptcy, Chptr 7, and Civil Litigation, and is prepared to represent you with professionalism, and the quality you deserve. Attorney Miller has a passion for the law, and utilizes his knowledge and...
Adam D. Schmaelzle
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Worcester, MA Criminal Law Lawyer
(774) 314-9124 P.O. Box 60632
Worcester, MA 01606
Criminal
Michael Richard Taylor
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Leominster, MA Criminal Law Lawyer
(978) 537-3500 19 Water Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Fitchburg, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(978) 345-4166 61 Academy St
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Criminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Clinton, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(978) 365-7672 77 High St
Clinton, MA 01510
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury 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.
William M. Driscoll Esq.
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Pepperell, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(978) 846-5184 41 Lowell Road #483
Pepperell, MA 01463
Free ConsultationAppeals
New England Law | Boston
Appellate Attorney William Driscoll credits his professional success to superior research and analytical skills, a keen attention to detail, the tenacity to examine every angle, and the ability to explain complex information simply. He identifies the personal and legal issues and implements creative solutions for his clients best interests.

Attorney Driscoll takes the time to explain the law in simple to understand terms. He explains how our legal system works, from the Massachusetts trial court to the Supreme Court of the United States. He explains your rights and offers options. Ultimately it is his client who must choose his own path,...
Stephen Neyman Esq.
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North Andover, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
200 Sutton Street
Suite 231
North Andover, MA 01845
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...
John Peter McKenna
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Springfield, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(413) 787-9995 1391 Main Street
Suite 1006
Springfield, MA 01103
Criminal, DUI, Immigration and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Attorney John McKenna has an extensive background in personal injury, criminal law and immigration matters. Our clients benefit from his broad and unique experience which includes: Congressional Counsel to Massachusetts Congressman Richard E. Neal Assistant District Attorney for Hampden County Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Springfield Claims Representative for Traveler's Insurance Company Adjunct Faculty in Criminal Law at Anna Maria College Attorney John McKenna has extensive trial experience. He has defended his clients' interests in over 200 trials. Due to his well-respected reputation, he is regularly referred to clients by those within...
Kristin Weberg
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Dedham, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(781) 952-0074 4 Pearl Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Northeastern University School of Law
Attorney Weberg has nearly a decade of experience as a zealous, no-stone-unturned advocate for people facing the toughest legal challenges. She provides detail-oriented, holistic counsel with a compassionate approach. Attorney Weberg has represented clients in thousands of matters and has tried both felony and misdemeanor cases before juries, including felony sexual assaults and serious bodily injury cases. She has experience handling all manner of charges, including homicide. As a trial lawyer, Attorney Weberg has extensively litigated a variety of legal issues, including eyewitness identification, coerced confessions, repressed memories, and search and seizure. While practicing in New Hampshire, Attorney Weberg provided...
William O'Neil
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East Longmeadow, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(413) 224-2694 280 N. Main St.
Ste. 6
East Longmeadow, MA 01103
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Personal Injury
Western New England University School of Law
William O’Neil has practiced law in the greater Springfield area for 32 years. He specializes in criminal defense of major crimes. Attorney O’Neil also has experience in advising his clients on estate planning, will drafting, and probate matters. He has defended hard working citizens who have been harassed by debt collectors by defending them in court against those creditors and in filing for bankruptcy protection. Receiving compassionate legal advice from our experienced professionals will prevent you from getting lost in the corporate shuffle.
Daniel J. Cappetta
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(508) 762-4540 150 Speen St
#201
Framingham, MA 01701
Free ConsultationFramingham, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Suffolk University
Attorney Cappetta is a Juvenile and Criminal Defense Attorney dedicated to fighting for the rights of his clients. Attorney Cappetta is committed to providing high quality defense services to his clients at a price that is fair and reasonable. All fees are charged on a flat fee basis so that clients always know the total cost of representation before making a decision about hiring him. Attorney Cappetta is a graduate of Stonehill College in North Easton, MA. After college he graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. He has spent almost...
William D. Kickham Esq.
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(781) 320-0062 119 Fisher St
#1
Westwood, MA 02090
Free ConsultationWestwood, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
Criminal, 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...
Gregory Casale
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Worcester, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(508) 752-7500 306 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Boston College Law School
Gregory Casale Attorney At Law is a premier Worcester, Massachusetts law office specializing in Criminal Defense and Serious Personal Injury. Since 1998 Attorney Casale has been providing Aggressive Professional Representation to clients located throughout Massachusetts. In the Criminal Defense arena Attorney Casale has represented thousands of clients with charges ranging from Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drugs (OUI/DWI/DUI) Domestic Assault & Battery, A&B w/Dangerous Weapon, Possession and Distribution of Drugs to Larceny over/under $250 to Murder and Rape and every other charge you can imagine in Courts throughout Massachusetts. The difference between us and other attorneys are our...
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
Desmond Patrick FitzGerald
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 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/
Benjamin Duggan Esq.
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Worcester, MA Criminal Law Lawyer
(617) 720-8447 1 Exchange Pl
Worcester, MA 01608
Free ConsultationCriminal, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Dakota Martin
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Boston, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 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...
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 P. Sullivan
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(978) 221-6012 228 Central St
Lowell, MA 01852
Free ConsultationLowell, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Suffolk University Law School
Experienced Lowell criminal defense attorney, handing cases ranging from dui/oui, domestic violence, robbery offenses, motor vehicle charges, assault to murder, and more. Former prosecutor who approaches each case with a strategy designed based on how the ADA will likely prepare for trial and seeking to expose weaknesses in the government’s case. Over 10 years experience in criminal law, call for a free consultation today.
Michael DelSignore
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Westborough, MA Criminal Law Lawyer
(508) 455-4755 1900 W Park Dr
#280
Westborough, MA 01581
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Connecticut School of Law
Michael Stephen Bowser Jr.
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Chelmsford, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(888) 526-9737 2 Courthouse Lane, Unit 4
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Drunk Driving Attorney and Personal Injury Attorney Michael Bowser is a *Board Certified DUI Defense Specialist with a proven record of success. Attorney Bowser excels in drug charge defense and general criminal defense in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Attorney Bowser has successfully defended clients charged with a variety of criminal offenses before both State and Federal Courts, including, but not limited to drunk driving, major drug offenses, sexual assault, domestic violence, assault and battery, fraud, theft, and all forms of traffic violations. He is a 1989 graduate of Providence College, and obtained his Juris Doctor from UNH...
Christopher W. Spring Esq.
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Acton, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(617) 513-9444 7 Post Office Square
#3031
Acton, MA 01720
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Notre Dame
I am a former Middlesex County assistant district attorney. My entire practice is dedicated to defending people accused of crimes. I practice in every superior and district court in Eastern Massachusetts. I am an extremely experienced trial attorney. My website is located at www.springandspring.com and will provide you with additional information about my firm.
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
Christine Brosnihan
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Dudley, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(508) 949-0080 265A West Main Street
Dudley, MA 01571
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Nova Southeastern University
www.affordablelawofworcestercounty.com
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...
Rich Mucci
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Winchester, MA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(781) 729-3999 63 Shore Rd
#23
Winchester, MA 01890
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Construction and Divorce
Suffolk University Law School
My full-service law practice has assisted individuals and companies satisfy their personal and professional objectives through cost-efficient negotiation and litigation results. I have an expertise in the fields of business, construction, employment, real estate, personal injury law and criminal defense. I am a trial attorney skilled in both civil and criminal matters. I have successfully tried numerous cases, both to juries and to the bench. I provide a one-stop shop to residents of Boston and the surrounding areas. I have the skill and experience of a big Boston lawyer at suburban prices.
Michael H. Erlich
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Worcester, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(508) 791-9001 47 Harvard Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Miami School of Law
My interest in criminal law began while attending University of Miami School of Law. During my second year, I was able to secure an internship with the State Attorney's Office as a student prosecutor. I worked under Janet Reno, who later became our United States Attorney General. Over the last 23 years I have been representing individuals throughout the Commonwealth with compassion, professionalism and the understanding that your case is all that matters. I am one of the few attorneys in Worcester County that devotes their entire practice to criminal defense and I have built a reputation based on results...
Peter Irvine
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Northampton, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(413) 587-0008 9 1/2 Market St
Suite 3A
Northampton, MA 01060
Criminal, DUI, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Lewis & Clark Law School
We offer big city representation from a small town, community-based perspective. Our goal is to be a personal resource for people whatever their legal need. Peter's motivation to become a lawyer was a desire for answers—the legal system seemed arcane and unapproachable. It needed a new interface; one where regular people can get the information and help they need at a reasonable cost and minimal stuffiness. Having spent 30+ years in the entertainment business, Peter offers a firsthand understanding of, and pragmatic solutions to, the situations of our creative clients. Playing in, and managing, a band while...
David Altman
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Cambridge, MA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(800) 481-6199 689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Suffolk University Law School
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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.