FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Any time you go to court you should have a lawyer with you. Even if you think it is a small case there are consequences that you may not be aware of. For instance, a guilty fine will have permanent consequences on someone’s record, or their loss of their driver’s license, potential loss of employment. An experienced lawyer can help you avoid the collateral consequences of criminal cases.
I practice in all Massachusetts courts and US District Court in Boston. I have appeared in over fifty courts in Massachusetts and appear in court almost daily.
No. If you’ve been arrested is a police department that is charging you. The only person to decide to drop the charges is the District Attorney. Even if the victim does not want to go forward you may still be prosecuted by the District Attorney.
Unless you are serving a prison sentence you should fight every criminal charge. A criminal conviction may affect driving privileges, employment prospects, government benefits just to name a few.
In Massachusetts, once you are arraigned on a charge it will be on your record. Massachusetts does allow for the expungement of cases in very limited circumstances.
No. Only a small percentage of criminal cases in Massachusetts go to trial. In most cases a disposition can be worked out prior to trial. If you want to go to trial you certainly have that right.
Continuance Without a Finding, it is a criminal case disposition in Massachusetts where someone can avoid a conviction by admitting that they could be found guilty. They are placed on probation and if successful can avoid conviction. See the guide to criminal dispositions.
Most likely JAIL. However, only a small percentage of people will go to jail.
No. The only time you will speak is if you decide to go to trial and your attorney has prepared your testimony.
A typical criminal case can be as short as one month and may go on for years.
Plan to go to court that day and hire an attorney immediately.
It is your decision whether you want to testify at trial.
The judge will decide what an appropriate sentence. A lawyer can argue for an appropriate sentence.
Each case is different, however, every initial consultation is free and we will never take a case without first agreeing to a price.
In most cases, the payment plan may be worked out. Visa and MasterCard are accepted for your convenience.
Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer
Patrick T. Donovan is a dedicated Boston Criminal Attorney that has successfully represented many people who have been charged with felonies or misdemeanors in Boston and in Massachusetts. At the Law Office of Patrick T. Donovan, we are committed to aggressively pursuing the best possible outcome for each and every one of our clients.
A former Assistant District Attorney, Patrick Donovan is well aware of the many legal strategies both law enforcement and district attorneys will use when trying to obtain a conviction. Donovan uses his prior knowledge as a prosecutor to his clients’ advantage.
Call Patrick T. Donovan today for your free initial consultation at 617-479-1800.
Patrick T. Donovan represents clients in Boston, Brighton, Chelsea, Dorchester, Charlestown, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, East Boston, South Boston, Alston, Woburn, Somerville, Concord, Cambridge, Waltham, Framingham, Natick, Malden, Revere, Everett, Arlington, Quincy, Milton, Weymouth, Brookline, Wrentham Marshfield, Randolph, Braintree, Dedham, Westwood, Norwood, Cohasset, Wellesley, Stoughton, Plainville, Canton, Sharon, Avon Walpole, Needham, Pembroke, Hingham, Hull, Wareham, Brockton, Plymouth, Duxbury, Hanover Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Rockland, Falmouth, Barnstable, Attleboro, North Attleboro, Taunton, Revere, and throughout Massachusetts All College Students,