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Criminal Defense in Boston, Massachusetts

Have you been arrested for a crime in Boston? Has a criminal allegation caused you to fear the uncertainties of how the law may affect your future? Do you sense that your Massachusetts-based company may be under surveillance or may be facing a federal investigation? If so, the best way to protect your rights, your freedom, or your company is by consulting a Boston criminal defense lawyer immediately.

At The Criminal Defense Group, we know that few things are more frightening than having to deal with a criminal allegation. At a time when it may feel as though the entire legal system is working against you, you can rest assured that our attorneys are here for you! We have more than 65 years of combined legal experience and have represented clients in a broad spectrum of criminal matters.

Our Boston Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Defend Your Case

Assault and Battery
In order to be charged with assault and battery, prosecutors must be able to prove that you physically contacted another person in a way that was not consented upon by him or her. Physical contact can include any sort of slapping, pushing, shoving, or any type of contact that was not welcomed. Depending on the severity of the crime, assault and battery can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony.

Burglary is a type of theft crime that refers to the act of entering a property unlawfully with the intent to commit some sort of fraud or theft. Burglary charges can include armed burglary or burglary with assault, which will result in greater penalties. A burglary conviction could subject you to a mandatory minimum sentence in Massachusetts.

In order to be convicted of a criminal conspiracy offense, the prosecution must be able to prove that an agreement between two or more people was made to commit an unlawful act. Massachusetts law does not require that a prosecutor must prove that you have actually committed a crime but does require the prosecutor to prove that you had the intent to carry out the crime. Because conspiracy crimes are related to other unlawful acts, prosecutors could try to charge you for additional crimes, such as burglary, murder, or other federal crimes.

Crimes of Violence
Violent crimes can include a range of offenses. Because crimes of violence often have the most severe penalties in Massachusetts, retaining a fierce advocate to represent you against criminal allegations is crucial to preserving your rights. Violent crimes can include murder, aggravated assault or battery, manslaughter, armed robbery or burglary, or aggravated sexual assault.

Domestic Violence
Domestic violence refers to crimes that involve physical or emotional harm between a couple or family members. Domestic violence can manifest in several ways, including assault, sexual assault, child abuse or neglect, emotional and physical violence, or even stalking and cyberstalking. Because Massachusetts courts take domestic violence cases seriously, you will need a criminal defense lawyer to represent you in court.

Driving under the influence (DUI) or operating under the influence (OUI) can be classified as similar offenses. Both refer to the act of operating or driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or some sort of controlled substance, such as narcotics, marijuana, or prescription drugs. In order to be convicted of a DUI / OUI charge, the prosecution must prove that you were impaired beyond the BAC legal limit of 0.08%. Because many factors can influence a DUI / OUI case, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Drug Crimes
Drug crimes in Massachusetts can include misdemeanor to felony crimes ranging from simple possession to serious charges such as drug possession with the intent to distibute or drug manufacturing. Even misdemeanor drug crimes will result in a criminal record, which could affect your ability to keep or obtain a job, obtain a scholarship, or gain admission to college. No matter how simple or complex your drug crime allegations may be, you will need immediate legal representation.

Federal Crimes
Federal crimes refer to serious crimes that violate federal laws. These crimes are punishable by federal law, which typically implies harsher penalties. In the event that you are accused of a federal offense, such as conspiracy, a drug crime, violent crime, computer crime, or white collar crime, you will need the legal advice of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.

The state of Massachusetts categorizes crimes as either felonies or misdemeanors. Felonies are crimes that are punishable by more severe penalties. Felony crimes can result in long periods of incarceration, fines, or both. Types of felony cases our firm handles include but are not limited to assault with a deadly weapon, rape, serious theft and drug crimes, manslaughter, and murder.

Fraud refers to a crime committed with intentional words or actions of deceit or dishonesty in an attempt to take another person's property or money. Massachusetts laws prohibit companies from conducting business in an unfair or deceptive manner, but fraud can take many forms. In addition to business fraud, individuals and businesses commit fraud over the internet or commit insurance fraud, tax fraud, lottery fraud, and immigration fraud.

Hit and Run
Hit and run refers to the act of leaving the scene of an accident. Most hit and run accidents are the result of a very minor accident, such as a fender bender, a parked car accident, or even a property damage accident. No matter how minor the accident may have been, however, leaving the scene of an accident is a direct violation of Massachusetts law and could result in serious penalties.

Internet Crimes
Internet crimes include various crimes committed using computers. Computer crimes can include cyberstalking, sexual solicitation of a minor, and child pornography. Some internet crimes can be prosecuted at the federal level, including internet identity theft, internet fraud, email scams, or computer hacking.

Manslaughter charges can include voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Manslaughter differs from murder in that the act of killing another person was committed as a result of emotion, such as rage, anger, passion, or fear, not premeditation. If you are charged with a manslaughter crime, you could face serious penalties in Massachusetts, including a long prison sentence, fines, and a criminal record.

Although misdemeanor crimes often have less severe penalties compared with felony crimes, they should not be considered to be less serious. Misdemeanor crimes will result in a criminal record, making it hard for an accused individual to keep a job, obtain a new job, apply for a loan, or apply for an educational scholarship. Misdemeanor crimes often carry penalties such as fines, community service, or a minimal jail time sentence.

Motor Vehicle Crimes
Motor vehicle crimes include crimes that typically involve a traffic-related incident. It is not uncommon for individuals accused of motor vehicle crimes to also be charged with related crimes, such as theft, driving under the influence, or hit and run. Motor vehicle crimes in Massachusetts can include motor vehicle theft, reckless driving, vehicular manslaughter, or driving with a suspended license.

Laws that govern the crime of murder in Massachusetts can be incredibly complex. Because murder is the most serious crime that an individual can commit, such cases require the immediate attention of a criminal defense lawyer. The penalties for a murder case can range depending on the circumstances, but in the most extreme cases, murder can be punishable by the maximum possible sentence allowed by state, which is a life sentence. If convicted at the federal level, a person may be subject to the death penalty.

Probation Violation Hearings
When you are placed on probation, you must adhere to specific terms of your probation agreement. By law, you must comply with the terms of your probation agreement. If you break an agreement of probation at any time, you will be subject to penalties, which could include a warrant for your arrest. You will need legal representation at a probation violation hearing to ensure that you are not sentenced to the maximum penalties.

Restraining Orders
Violating a restraining order can have serious consequences. Although your intentions may have been good -- such as attempting to see your children -- you could face severe punishments, including arrest leading to a jail sentence, fines, or both. Failure to understand the terms of a restraining order could put you at risk of violating an order, so consult a criminal defense attorney to ensure that you do not have to face even worse consequences of a restraining order violation.

Search and Seizure Violations
Law enforcement officers are required to adhere to strict search and seizure standards. In order to lawfully arrest an individual, officers must be able to prove probable cause that an individual was committing, was about to commit, or did commit a criminal act before searching property or seizing any evidence that can be used against you. If law enforcement failed to conduct a lawful search and seizure, any evidence gathered could be deemed inadmissible in court.

Sex Crimes
Sex crime allegations can be detrimental to a person's reputation, and individuals accused of sex crimes could face serious penalties, including jail time, fines, and a permanent sex offender registration. Common sex crimes include computer sex crimes, sexual assault, child pornography, lewd conduct, statutory rape, or solicitation of a minor.

Theft Crimes
Theft crimes -- also known as larceny -- refer to a broad range of crimes that involve stealing another person's property without his or her permission and with the intent of not returning the property to the original owner. There are different types of theft crimes, including embezzlement and fraud. Other types of theft crimes include petty theft, shoplifting, burglary, robbery, and white collar crimes. Depending on the type of theft crime committed, any prior convictions, and the amount of property stolen, a theft crime can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are sophisticated crimes that are non-violent in nature but use acts of fraud to achieve some sort of financial or commercial gain. Typical white collar crimes include internet fraud, counterfeiting, forgery, money laundering, identity theft, embezzlement, and tax fraud. Because white collar crimes are often very complex, federal government agencies will try to conduct investigations to determine a person's guilt or a company's illegal activity. If you fear a federal investigation of your company or business, consult a criminal defense lawyer immediately.

Be proactive and prepared. Call The Criminal Defense Group now!

If you have been arrested for or accused of a crime in Massachusetts, the best way to fight a criminal allegation is with the early intervention of an attorney. In many cases, individuals who have been arrested are so frightened or confused that they do not know how to proceed or who to trust. If you contact The Criminal Defense Group immediately after an arrest, a Boston criminal attorney from our firm can get to working on a solid defense for your criminal defense matters immediately.

We believe in utilizing every possible avenue to defend your rights! Because we know what is at stake in a criminal defense case, we can use the assistance of veteran investigators or conduct extensive legal research to prepare a thorough strategy for your defense. Let our years of experience, extensive knowledge in criminal defense laws, and effective defense strategies work for you! Call us today to schedule your free case evaluation to get started.

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