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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News & Events

Jan 20, 2020

New Court Resource: Superior Court Statewide Conciliation Program

The Superior Court has announced a new statewide conciliation program for civil cases beginning January 19, 2021, in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. The Superior Court plans to expand the program to other counties later in 2021...

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January 14, 2021

Resources for Renters, Homeowners, and Landlords During COVID-19

The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General has released a resource to help tenants that are facing eviction know their rights. This resource includes useful information regarding court orders, financial help, and useful info for hearings. It gives useful tips on tenant’s rights, such as...

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December 24, 2020

LRS Holiday Hours Update

Due to the upcoming holiday season, our phone lines will be closed until January 4th, 2021. You are still able to receive referrals online, 24/7 by going to our website here and clicking “Get Started”. If you are having technical issues with the website, or would need extra assistance, please email us at lrs@bostonbar.org.

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