Experienced Guidance For Federal And State Criminal Defense Matters

At Regan Lane LLP, our lawyers have extensive experience prosecuting and defending criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts including Suffolk County Superior Court and Boston Municipal Court.

Two of our attorneys as worked as Assistant District Attorneys for the Middlesex District Attorney's Office. They have tried numerous cases to jury verdict in Superior Court and district court, and have handled cases from the grand jury or clerk's hearing through resolution. Our prosecutorial experience allows us to better understand how cases are prosecuted to defend them more effectively.

Whether you have received notice of a clerk's hearing or a grand jury subpoena, face criminal charges in state or federal court, or need to appeal a verdict, we have the experience to deliver you the best results possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call 774-847-7390 now.

Hiring An Attorney Early Can Be Critical When Fighting Criminal Charges

Being charged with a crime in Superior Court or Federal U.S. District Court is a life-altering experience that can result in a state or federal prison sentence. Superior Court and federal court cases are often extremely complicated, and require extensive investigation and trial preparation. They start with a grand jury proceeding during which experienced counsel may help you avoid criminal charges issuing. The sooner you engage with an experienced criminal defense attorney, the better chance you will have when you face the Commonwealth's prosecutors and the court.

Crimes often tried in Massachusetts Superior Court or federal court include:

  • Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI or drunk driving) — We represent individuals facing initial and subsequent offenses.
  • Motor vehicle homicide — Criminal operation of a vehicle resulting in the death of a person.
  • Drug distribution and school zone — Massachusetts places enhanced penalties on anyone convicted of selling drugs within 300 feet of school property.
  • Government corruption — We represent individuals accused of bribery, misappropriation of funds, violating public records laws, and other forms of government corruption and violations of public records laws.
  • Embezzlement or fraud — We aggressively defend individuals accused of extortion, embezzlement, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, identity theft and other crimes.
  • Rape, kidnapping and murder — We know how to defend individuals accused of violent crimes in Massachusetts.

You Have A Limited Time To File An Appeal. Our Appellate Representation.

If you have been convicted of a crime and sentenced, you may appeal to the Appeals Court for state court decisions and the 1st Circuit for federal decisions. Only first-degree murder convictions go directly to the Supreme Judicial Court for state decisions.

In order to appeal, you must file a notice of appeal with the clerk's office within 30 days of either your conviction or your sentencing, whichever comes later. Some issues must be raised by motions for new trial before the trial court, which may extend the time to appeal.

Our attorneys are experienced criminal appeals attorneys who can assist you with these and other issues. Some cases that our attorneys have successfully briefed and argued include:

Commonwealth v. Nkesha, 81 Mass. App. Ct. 1115 (2012) (successful without the court holding an oral argument, motion for new trial issue regarding domestic assault and battery case).

Commonwealth v. Palmer, 79 Mass. App. Ct. 1120 (2011) (gun case).

Commonwealth v. Arias, 78 Mass. App. Ct. 429 (2010); 939 N.E.2d 1169 (2010) (assault with dangerous weapon case, identification issues).

Commonwealth v. Landry, 76 Mass. App. Ct. 1128 (2010) (malicious destruction of property case).

The Benefits Of Having An Attorney For Massachusetts District Court Crimes

If you have been charged, or are about to be charged, with a crime in a Massachusetts District Court it is critically important to have an experienced advocate on your side. District courts are sometimes difficult and overwhelming places to visit. Navigating clerk's offices, probation and facing a prosecutor and judge is a stressful experience that no one should encounter alone. Having a skilled attorney to guide you through your day in court is essential.

Some of the crimes tried in district court include:

  • Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI or drunk driving)
  • Drug possession or drug distribution and school zone
  • Receiving stolen property or larceny
  • Assault and battery
  • Motor vehicle violations such as driving on a suspended license or suspended registration

What To Expect At A Massachusetts Clerk's Hearings

The police request the court to hold a Massachusetts clerk's hearings for most misdemeanors and some felonies prior to criminal charges issuing. At a clerk's hearing, the clerk (otherwise known as a magistrate) will decide if there is probable cause to charge the suspect with a crime. If the clerk finds there is no probable cause that a crime was committed or there is another reason for charges not to be issued, then criminal charges are not issued, ending the matter.

Many people tragically do not understand that a criminal record is only created if criminal charges are issued and an individual is formally charged (also known as arraigned). Importantly, this record will appear when employers, landlords and others conduct a background check. This makes the clerk's hearing a critical part of your criminal defense. Having an experienced attorney can be the key to getting your case dismissed at the clerk's hearing before arraignment, avoiding a criminal record.

Start Your Defense Now. Schedule A Complimentary Consultation Today.

When your freedom is at stake, the best way to protect yourself is to start building your defense as soon as possible. Talk to our attorneys to find out how we can help. You can call our law office directly at 774-847-7390 or reach us using our online contact form.

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