Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer
Facing a criminal charge can be a daunting experience for you and your family. Our Boston criminal lawyers not only have the skill and knowledge to provide you with top notch criminal representation, but they are also compassionate and empathetic. At FitzGerald Law Company, it is our practice to explain the criminal legal process, risks and defense options in plain English so that you are well aware and informed at all times, reducing the stress and fear we all have of the unknown.
We also understand that we all make mistakes and deserve to have someone that will provide the best legal defense to minimize the consequences of our mistakes and get a second chance, while treating us with the respect and dignity to which we are all entitled. Through our consultative approach, we take the necessary time to understand your needs and objectives to craft the best strategy for your unique personal situation. Our focus is on you and winning your criminal defense case.
Our experienced Boston criminal lawyers can take your case all the way from arraignment to trial and appeal if necessary. In addition, because we also practice immigration law, we are aware of the implications that a criminal conviction can have on a person’s immigration status and we take this into careful consideration when negotiating the disposition of a criminal case. In certain cases, we are also able to re-open old convictions and vacate them so there is not adverse effect on a person’s immigration status or future immigration applications. Read criminal charges and your immigration status.
What are my rights when I have been arrested?
You have the right to remain silent. You also do not have to speak with a police officer without an attorney present. This is important because anything that you say may be used against you in a criminal proceeding. You have the right to have an attorney represent you and to know what you’ve been charged with once you have been detained or arrested.
What should I do once I have been arrested?
You should contact our experienced criminal lawyers for professional legal representation. We have the experience, skills and resources necessary to help you.
How does a search warrant work?
The police must properly file a petition with a court in order to get a search warrant. Generally, they must provide sufficient evidence that a criminal activity has occurred, and that activity is connected to the specific area that will be searched. They also must identify what they hope to find. If they violate the rules that govern search warrants, our criminal defense attorneys can help you.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Under federal law, generally, misdemeanors are less serious crimes that involve up to 12 months in jail, but not more. Felonies are more serious crimes with a potential sentence of more than a year in prison, large fines, and possibly parole. The penalties you face will depend on your crime, your past criminal record and other factors associated with the crime such as the age of the victim.
Why should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?
Navigating the criminal system is complicated and a public defender is usually burdened by a very large volume of cases to be able to give your case the high level of attention needed to help you get the best results possible in your case. You want a professional criminal attorney that is committed to protecting your rights and that has the knowledge and experience defending the type of charges you are facing as well as experience in the court where the charges were filed, whether it be state or federal court. Our criminal lawyers at FitzGerald Law Company, have years of experience defending individuals like you in both State and Federal court with a successful track record. We will represent you zealously and create strong defense strategies that will help you get the best outcome in your case.
Our Boston criminal defense lawyers have successfully litigated complex criminal cases at the State and Federal Court levels, including matters involving the following:
- DUI Defense
- Drug charges / Drug trafficking
- Money laundering
- Theft / Shoplifting
- Sexual assault / Sexual harassment / Sexual molesting
- Rape / Statutory rape / Sex crimes
- Domestic violence / Spouse abuse / Child abuse / Elder abuse
- Assault & Battery / Violent crimes / Bullying
- Felonies / Aggravated felonies
- Alien smuggling
- Illegal re-entry after deportation
- Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)
- Attempted murder / Manslaughter / Homicide
- Crimes of Moral Turpitude
- Sealing a criminal record
- Bail hearings
- Restraining orders
- Probation violations
- White collar crimes
- Motor vehicle offenses
- Clerk Magistrate Hearings
- Vacating criminal convictions
- Federal crimes
- Criminal appeals