Areas of Law

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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January 15, 2019

Unemployment Compensation Benefits for Federal Employees in Massachusetts

Federal employees who are not working due to the shutdown furlough may be eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Massachusetts (also called UI benefits). However, it is important to note that federal employees will be responsible to repay the UI benefits if Congress approves retroactive pay for the furlough period...

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January 3, 2018

Guidance for Federal Employees Facing Financial Insecurity

The Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service will be closely monitoring the government shutdown, how it will affect federal government employees, particularly those in Massachusetts, and will continue to post relevant resources and guidance. If you have any questions at all, please connect with one of our intake staff at 617-742-0625, and we will connect you to resources and referrals for legal assistance....

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