About Criminal Defense
Boston Criminal Defense Attorney
The stakes are high when you find yourself charged with a crime. A conviction can mean severe legal penalties as well as lifelong personal costs, which are consequences that should be avoided if at all possible. Are you under investigation or have you been arrested for a crime? If so, hiring the best legal representation you can get needs to be a top priority. At Keegan & Novick we are proud of our nearly 40 years of combined criminal justice experience, some of which includes Attorney Novick's work as a teacher of graduate-level criminal justice courses. We are former police officers who have the inside track on what the prosecution will try to do with your case and what law enforcement was supposed to do in your arrest. Our firm at 60 State Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA, exists to fight for the rights of clients such as yourself!
The legal consequences for drug crimes in our state are severe, and whether you face charges for possession, cultivation, possession with intent to distribute, distribution or trafficking, every charge must be taken seriously. The penalties could increase if there were aggravating circumstances present, such as prior drug convictions.
These crimes constitute the most serious criminal charges that one can be accused of and are prosecuted by federal investigators in a federal courtroom. Federal crimes, such as drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism, are frequent in the Boston area and will result in more severe penalties than other crimes. Those who are accused of federal crimes must seek help from an attorney who is experienced with the federal courtroom and criminal process.
The use of the Internet is growing by leaps and bounds. Today, online shopping, social networking, even reading the daily news is all done over the Internet. Unfortunately, innocent people who are merely curious or who have made a mistake are finding themselves in trouble with law enforcement in unprecedented numbers.
Juvenile delinquency cases involve individuals under the age of 17 who have committed crimes. Juveniles who commit serious felonies involving grave harm or threat of grave harm can be prosecuted as youthful offenders and face the penalties of an adult, including a full adult prison sentence.
In our state, in order to determine if there is enough evidence to issue a criminal complaint, a Magistrate or Clerk's Hearing is held. The Clerk, rather than a judge, considers all of the evidence before making the determination. This is an opportunity to resolve cases before a criminal complaint is issued and is an excellent way to possibly avoid a criminal record.
OUI (operating under the influence), also known as DUI (driving under the influence), can result in heavy fines and time behind bars. When a law enforcement officer observes you swerving or driving erratically, they could pull you over in order to determine if you are intoxicated. However, even if it appears that there is strong evidence against you, there are ways to defend yourself.
As an alternative to spending time behind bars, you could be sentenced to probation. If so, you know all about the strict rules you must follow. If you violate one or more of the rules/conditions, you risk being sentenced to serve out your time in jail.
Individuals convicted of sex crimes are subject to serious legal penalties, including sex offender registry for many offenses. In addition, with the extreme taboo in our society against those who commit sex crimes, offenders are often ostracized in their communities. Sex crime charges that can lead to devastating consequences including: child pornography, rape, child abuse, indecent assault and battery over 14 and battery under 14.
If you were arrested regarding a theft crime, you could be facing a misdemeanor (property valued below $250) or a felony (property valued over $250) offenses. Whether you were accused of shoplifting, larceny over $250, embezzlement, burglary, robbery, possession of stolen property or another theft crime, you need to do everything possible to protect your rights and best interests.
Crimes that involve violence are considered some of the most heinous crimes that can be committed. No matter whether this is a simple assault or a deadly murder, the penalties will be life-altering and should be handled by an experienced lawyer.
There are several different types of warrants that can be issued in Boston and throughout Massachusetts, and a Boston criminal attorney at our firm can help you determine whether or not you have a warrant out for your arrest. Regardless of whether you are dealing with an arrest warrant or a bench warrant, you must be certain that you have a talented legal defender on your side.
Our state has some of the strictest weapons laws in the country, which means that you are facing severe penalties if convicted. If you failed to renew your license or owned a firearm which is not legal in the state, you could be sent to prison for up to two years.
White Collar Crimes
Not only does a conviction for a white collar offense carry with it legal penalties such as incarceration and heavy fines, it also causes serious personal damage to a person's reputation and chances of obtaining future employment in a chosen career field.