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Criminal

When should I contact a criminal lawyer?

  • I have been arrested or have been asked to speak with the police.
  • I have received notice of a criminal court date or been asked to pay a fine.
  • I am facing, or think I may face criminal charges.
  • I have been pulled over for driving while intoxicated.
  • I have a warrant out for my arrest.

Why should I hire a criminal lawyer?

The outcomes of criminal court cases can have a significant impact on someone’s life. With an experienced lawyer, there is a greater chance that the outcome of the trial will be favorable. Some common repercussions for someone found guilty include: loss of a driver’s license, potential immigration consequences, payment of fines (that can amount to thousands of dollars), loss of voting rights, subjection to electronic monitoring, and jail time. An individual’s criminal record could also affect his/her future employment options, opportunities for higher education, and even his/her status as an American resident or citizen. Hiring an experienced lawyer can help avoid some of these negative outcomes.

How do I choose a criminal lawyer?

If the court finds that a criminal defendant is indigent, or unable to pay for a defense attorney, one will be appointed by the court. If an attorney is not appointed, a good place to start your search for a criminal defense lawyer is the Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.

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