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From Drug Trafficking to Repeat DUI Offenses, Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Joe Keegan has the experience to handle any case

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Nationally Recognized Attorney

As a uniquely qualified community figure, Joe Keegan is a nationally recognized spokesperson for headline cases.

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With Keegan's experience in law enforcement, he understands both sides of the law and can explain complex criminal cases.

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Experienced Boston Criminal Defense Attorney

With 10 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, Joe Keegan knows exactly what your options are.

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Whether you’ve been accused or arrested; Whether you’re under investigation or facing criminal charges, you need an attorney who is capable of aggressively defending your rights, regardless of your circumstance

Facing a criminal charge is devastating

It is also just as hard to find a defense attorney who has the right mix of of compassionate, unyielding, and aggressive representation you require. Whether your case is best suited for settlement or trial, I will fight relentlessly to achieve the best possible outcome you can receive in your situation. My experience as a law enforcement officer gives you the expertise and advantage you need to fight for your rights.

It is important to remember that you have not yet been convicted

You remain innocent until proven guilty and are entitled to certain rights. I am committed to standing up for those rights and fighting relentlessly for them, no matter your circumstances. As a former soldier, I am committed to integrity, putting my full effort into everything that we do. This directly reflects in how I treat my clients. If you are looking for a trustworthy and aggressive Boston criminal defense attorney, Keegan Law is right for you.

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Joe Keegan gave me my life back

- Mary K

After almost two years of fighting an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge, Joe Keegan assisted me in maintaining my profession, my dignity, and my freedom. He always presented himself with poise, confidence, and intelligence. He is genuine and has a strong presence in the courtroom. I was in awe watching him present my case, and so happy that he was my lawyer when the judge said ‘not guilty’

So, you’ve been arrested or are under investigation. What should you do next?

There are few situations in life as frightening as facing criminal charges. Suddenly, your finances, freedom, and future are on the line. You need proven legal representatives on your side. At Keegan Law, our lawyers possess the skills, tenacity, and experience to ensure that your rights and future are protected.

If you are dealing with any type of criminal matter, you will have a distinct advantage if you are familiar with these proceedings. Understanding what to expect can help prepare you to do whatever you can to preserve your rights and interests when they are at risk.

In light of this, the Keegan Law website offers a basic outline of how criminal proceedings work in Massachusetts. Of course, every case is different and your proceedings may vary accordingly.

Basic Criminal Proceedings in Massachusetts

Criminal Proceedings in Massachusetts generally proceed according to the following schedule: Arrest, Charges, Arraingment, Pretrial Proceedings, Trial, Verdict & Sentencing, and Appeal.

Click here to visit our Criminal Proceedings page and read in detail the Massachusetts criminal proceedings process

During the arrest stage, it is crucial that you exercise the right to remain silent. Though it may be tempting to try to explain what occurred, any statements you make could be misconstrued as admissions of guilt or may be used to gather condemning evidence against you. Remain silent and demand an attorney. Involving a legal professional will help ensure that you have someone on your side. Law enforcement officers are not there to help you – they are looking for ways to put you behind bars.

Arrested in Boston? You are in a precarious position, and the steps you take now may directly impact any future criminal charges and even the outcome of your case. Contact Keegan Law today to get guidance from a former Boston law enforcement officer.

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Keegan Law Criminal Defense Practice Areas

I am committed to seeing your case through until the end. I will teach you, prepare you, and fight for you. I also believe in giving you the opportunity to prepare and educate yourself - read the articles below for valuable information & visit our practice areas pages to understand what comes next in your case.

Serious Drug Crimes

What are controlled substances?

A controlled substance is more than just an illegal drug. It is any substance whose manufacture or possession is regulated by the government. In Massachusetts, these controlled substances are divided into five groups, known as classes. Following are examples of the classes of drugs:

  • Class A: Heroin, morphine, codeine methylbromide, benzylmorphine
  • Class B: Opium, opiates, amphetamine, barbiturics, substances from coca leaves
  • Class C: Depressants, narcotics, codeine, bufotenine, psilocybin
  • Class D: Chloral hydrate, marijuana, Butyl Nitrite, barbital
  • Class E: certain amounts of codeine, dihydrocodeine, ethylmorphine, diphenoxylate, opium

Fighting Boston Drug Charges Effectively

A key point in defending your rights against drug charges is challenging the evidence against you. For instance, your attorney may try to fight a charge of drug possession by excluding or suppressing evidence brought against you, demonstrating a lack of possession, or showing the inability of the Commonwealth to prove the chemical composition of the substance.

In Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that our state could not rely on an affidavit from a chemist that states a substance is an illegal narcotic. Instead, the state has to have the chemist testify to the lab analysis of the substance in question. The prosecution may have a police officer testify as an expert to prove the composition of the substance, but because of our law enforcement experience, we know we can challenge their ability to do so reliably.

What do I do if I'm Facing drug charges?

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The most important thing to do after being arrested for a drug crime is to hire a lawyer to defend you. Without the counsel and representation of a drug crime attorney, you may be convicted for a drug crime you didn't commit, or you may face a harsher sentence than you deserve. At Keegan & Novick, we serve to fight injustice and defend each client with our full effort and resources. Both of our main attorneys are former police officers and one has experience as a police prosecutor, giving us valuable insight into the opponent's thoughts and actions. Contact our firm today if you need a skilled and aggressive Boston drug crime lawyer.


Accused of OUI or DUI? Get the defense you need today!

Have you been arrested for Operating under the Influence (OUI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges? According to Massachusetts §90.24(1)(a)(1)(2011), anyone who is found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on a public roadway, could be convicted of DUI.

Penalties include:

  • $500 to $5,000 fine, and/or
  • Imprisonment up to two and a half years.

The legal limit for drinking and driving in every U.S. state is 0.08%. Also known as blood alcohol concentration or blood alcohol level, the blood alcohol content (BAC) is measured by chemical testing.

There are two major types of chemical tests:

  • Breath tests - Breathalyzer devices
  • Blood sample - analyzed in a lab

A police officer in some circumstances may also administer a urine test.

Massachusetts DUI Laws: Melanie's Law

In our state, laws related to OUI/DUI are frequently changing and penalties are continually increasing. Since the passage of Melanie's Law in 2005, the penalties for DUI and OUI offenders are significantly greater and the number of arrests throughout the state has risen dramatically. According to the Massachusetts Government;

Melanie's Law establishes a new offense of Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and Operating After Suspension for Drunk Driving. This means that a driver, who was driving under the influence of alcohol while his/her license was already suspended for OUI, can be charged with two crimes at once: 1.) OUI and 2.) OUI with a suspended license. This additional offense carries a minimum of a 1-year mandatory jail sentence.

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Know Your Rights: DUI Traffic Stops in Boston

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It's vital that you know and understand your constitutional rights at a traffic stop. Knowing your rights can effectively avoid an arrest and/or grounds for criminal charges in many cases. The same rights apply whether you are stopped in a routine traffic stop or at a sobriety checkpoint. They include:

  • The right to deny consent to a search of your vehicle (4th Amendment)
  • The right to silence (5th Amendment) - to avoid saying anything self-incriminating
  • The right to refuse a field sobriety test. These take place before an arrest and are used by law enforcement to obtain probable cause for an arrest.

Federal Crimes

What Constitutes a Federal Crime?

Any criminal act that violates United States federal legislation, or any criminal act that occurs on federal property, will be categorized as a federal crime. Federal crimes are the most serious offenses that one can be charged with, and as a result the penalties for these crimes are substantially greater.

When you are accused of a federal crime, your case will be handled by a government agency such as the CIA or FBI instead of the local or state law enforcement agencies. These powerful federal agencies have seemingly endless resources that are used to conduct meticulous investigations into a suspect's past and present life, and many times the suspect does not even know that he or she is being investigated until it is too late. This is why it is extremely important to contact a Boston federal crime attorney who has years of experience handling these high-level crimes and investigations.

Some of the most common federal cases in the Boston area are those involving drugs. In fact, the FBI has a specific task force in the Boston Intelligence Branch that was created to focus on violent gangs and drug crimes throughout Boston. Known as the Boston North Shore HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), this task force targets major drug trafficking organizations responsible for moving substantial amounts of drugs in the Boston area. Drug smuggling and trafficking are federal offenses because they often cross state lines, and because they are specifically prohibited by federal law.

Tax evasion, money laundering, terrorism, bank robbery, mail fraud, and kidnapping are some of the other federal crimes that you may be charged with in the Boston area, but you can protect your rights and your future by calling a federal crime lawyer at our firm.

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I am committed to seeing your case through until the end. You remain innocent until proven guilty and you are entitled to rights that I will vigorously defend, no matter your circumstances. If you are looking for a trustworthy and relentless Boston Criminal Defense Attorney, contact Keegan Law immediately.

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