Whether you are under arrest or under investigation, the choices you make now could impact your life for years to come. This starts with choosing a criminal defense lawyer in Quincy who has the experience, knowledge, and drive to aggressively pursue the best possible outcome in your case.
You do not have time to waste.
In Massachusetts, the criminal process moves quickly. If you have been arrested, you can expect your arraignment to take place shortly. If you have discovered that you are under investigation, state or federal prosecutors may already be in the process of drawing up charges against you. To give yourself the best opportunity to present the strongest possible defense, you need an attorney who can quickly get up to speed and level the playing field.
You have rights, and you are innocent until proven guilty.
In a criminal case, the prosecution must prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is important. It means that an arrest does not automatically result in a conviction, and it means that it you potentially have several defense strategies available. Criminal attorney Keegan relies on the lessons he has learned as a soldier, as a law enforcement officer, and as a Quincy criminal defense lawyer to aggressively pursue case strategies that protect his clients to the greatest extent possible.
Why choose Criminal Defense Firm, Keegan Law, in Quincy, MA?
Why have criminal defendants in Quincy, MA trusted Keegan Law since 2003? We believe it has a lot to do with our focus on the personal details of each client’s individual case, our ability to see cases from all angles, and our willingness to beyond the call of duty to protect our clients. But, we encourage you to form your own opinion – so schedule a free case evaluation today.
Thank you for your help! – Past Client
I am so grateful to have found Attorney Keegan. I don’t know what I would have done without him. My life is changed for the better due to meeting Attorney Keegan and him keeping me out of jail!
I was pulled over and arrested in Quincy, MA. What should I do now?
Whether this is your first arrest or you have faced charges in the past, being arrested can be a scary, stressful, and frustrating experience. Your future could be hanging in the balance, and yet it seems like no one is willing to even take a moment to help you understand your situation.
At Keegan Law, we are here for you. We understand what you are going through; and, with more than 20 years of criminal justice experience, Attorney Keegan has almost certainly seen multiple cases similar to yours. However, we also appreciate that your personal circumstances are unique, and that you want legal advice that is custom-tailored to your individual case.
This is why we offer free case evaluations to all potential clients. We believe that it is critical for anyone facing criminal charges to make informed decisions, and we are passionate about ensuring that the criminally-accused have access to justice. So, what should you do now? Contact us and Attorney Keegan will tell you – in confidence and one-on-one.
What can I expect during my criminal case in Quincy?
In Massachusetts, all criminal cases follow the same general process. The steps following an arrest in Quincy, MA include: charges, arraignment, pretrial proceedings, trial, verdict and sentencing, and appeal.
If you have been arrested, it is critical that you exercise your right to remain silent. Do not answer any questions from law enforcement officers without legal representation, and do not volunteer any information – no matter how helpful you think it seems. At this point, anything you say will only be used against you, and you do not want your own statements to be misconstrued as admissions of guilt in open court.
Arrested in Quincy, MA? Regardless of the charges against you, it is strongly in your best interests to seek legal representation. Contact us today to discuss your case directly with Attorney Keegan.
The Types of Criminal Cases We Handle
When you hire me for your case, you have my personal promise that I will devote the necessary time and attention to aggressively pursue justice on your behalf. I will keep you informed, I will explain your options, and I will provide you with the tools you need to help protect your rights.
Serious Drug Crimes
Were you in possession of a controlled substance?
Marijuana, heroin, cocaine – while these are all controlled substances, they are not the only controlled substances that are illegal to manufacture, possess, or distribute in Massachusetts. State and federal laws outlaw numerous other drugs, and many prescription drugs are considered “controlled substances” as well.
The following are all controlled substances that are commonly involved in drug crime cases in Massachusetts:
- Class A: Heroin, morphine, codeine methylbromide, benzylmorphine
- Class B: Opium, opiates, amphetamine, barbiturates, 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
A Key Defense Strategy: Challenging the Evidence Against You
Remember what we said earlier? In your criminal case, the prosecution must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This requires evidence that is both (i) probative in value, and (ii) admissible in court.
As a result, a key defense strategy in drug crime cases is to challenge the government’s evidence against you. At Keegan Law, we do this a number of ways. For example, if the police violated your Fourth Amendment rights, we can seek to have the evidence against you deemed inadmissible. We may also be able to challenge the prosecution’s evidence regarding possession, chemical composition of the substance allegedly possessed, and any facts that are critical to the outcome in your case.
What to Do if You Have been Charged with a Drug Crime
Schedule Your Free Consultation – Your Quincy, MA criminal law firm!
If you have been arrested for a drug crime, you need to take your situation extremely seriously. If you do nothing – or if you make damaging mistakes – you could end up in prison for a crime you didn’t commit or facing a sentence that is far greater than the one you would have received with an attorney representing you. You have nothing to lose by scheduling a free consultation; and, with so much on the table, you simply cannot afford to face the consequences of going to trial without experienced legal representation.
If you have been arrested for Operating Under the Influence (OUI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI), you could be facing:
- A $500 to $5,000 fine, and/or
- Up to two and a half years in prison.
This is for a first offense. Massachusetts law imposes severe penalties for OUI and DUI, and these penalties only get worse for repeat offenders and those whose arrests involving aggravating factors (such as causing an accident or having a minor in the vehicle). In addition, under Melanie’s Law, individuals who are pulled over for drunk driving on a suspended license can face an additional charge for OUI with a Suspended License. This charge carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence of one year.
Stopped for Drunk Driving? Know Your Rights
You have several important rights when you get pulled over for drunk driving. These rights are the same for traffic stops and sobriety checkpoints. Knowing your rights is critical, as exercising them effectively may help you avoid arrest or limit the charges filed against you. Your rights include:
- The right to remain silent
- The right to refuse to consent to a police search of your vehicle
- The right to refuse to take field sobriety tests (FSTs)
Facing Federal Charges in Quincy, MA
Federal cases are very different from cases prosecuted under state law. The procedures are different, the penalties are often much harsher, and protecting your rights requires the representation of an attorney with extensive experience in federal court.
Not all criminal defense attorney handle federal cases. Even among those who do, many only take federal cases on an occasional basis. Attorney Keegan is a highly-experienced federal criminal lawyer who has what it takes to deal with investigators from the CIA and FBI, and to take on the prosecutors at the Department of Justice.
At Keegan Law, we represent clients facing federal charges including tax evasion, money laundering, terrorism, bank robbery, mail fraud, and kidnapping. We also handle federal drug cases, including those involving the FBI’s Boston North Shore HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) task force.
Do You Need a Quincy Criminal Defense Lawyer?
Attorney Keegan is:
- Trusted for Headline Cases
- When criminal cases make headlines, high-profile defendants trust on Joe Keegan to fight for their freedom and reputation.
- Recognized Authority on Criminal Law
- A recognized authority on criminal law, Attorney Keegan is a Fox News correspondent and frequent commentator for complex criminal matters.
- Experienced in Law Enforcement Tactics
- Attorney Keegan spent ten years in law enforcement prior to becoming a defense lawyer, so he knows your case inside and out.
- Available When You Need Him
- If you have been arrested and need immediate representation, you can trust Keegan Law to pick up the phone. We are available 24/7.