Massachusetts Criminal Citation Defense Law Firm
At our Greater Boston, Massachusetts Criminal Citation Defense Law Firm, we understand that being charged with a criminal motor vehicle offense can cause enormous hardship for those accused with such crimes. Our clients often learn that they are facing criminal charges when they are given a Massachusetts Uniform Citation with a criminal charge listed. If the charge is criminal, the criminal box will be checked on the ticket. In addition, many clients receive a notice for a Clerk Magistrate Hearing on an Application for a Criminal Complaint in the mail directly from the applicable District Court or Boston Municipal Court.
Generally speaking, driving offenses in Massachusetts take 2 distinct forms:
- Civil Tickets
- Criminal Tickets
First, there are civil citations for violations such as speeding or improper lane changes. Secondly, there are a number of criminal motor vehicle charges in Massachusetts such as operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, reckless/negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and operating with a suspended or revoked vehicle registration to name a few. If you have been charged by the police with a criminal motor vehicle offense, it is often in your best interests to retain an experienced Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer to defend you in court against the motor vehicle crime allegations.
In Massachusetts, convictions of a motor vehicle crimes may result in potentially severe consequences. A conviction may result in a criminal record, a loss of your driver’s license, fines, probation or even jail time. Given the potential consequence of being charged with a motor vehicle crime, it is important to speak with an experienced Boston Motor Vehicle Criminal Offense Lawyer to discuss your case as soon as possible. We will fully explain your rights and the impact that a criminal motor vehicle charge will have on your criminal record, driving record and on your Massachusetts driver’s license.
At Caselden Law, we work tirelessly to develop a well crafted legal defense strategy that is specifically tailored to your case in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
Our firm provides outstanding legal representation to clients in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We handle every type of motor vehicle charge including, but not limited to:
• Operating a Motor Vehicle After Suspension
• Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked Registration
• Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
• Leaving the Scene of an Accident
• Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Liquor / Drugs
• Driving to Endanger
• All Other Motor Vehicle Charges
Massachusetts Criminal Clerk Magistrate Hearings on Applications for Criminal Complaints
Often times, those charged with a driving offense in Massachusetts will receive a notice in the mail instructing them to appear in MA District Court for a criminal clerk magistrate hearing. At this hearing, a clerk magistrate will listen to a police officer or Massachusetts State Trooper who will offer evidence into the record. Next, you or your attorney will be given an opportunity to present an argument.
The clerk magistrate will then decide whether or not a criminal complaint will issue naming you as the defendant. Should the magistrate issue the criminal complaint, you will then be arraigned in court and will go through the criminal court process. Having an experienced Cambridge, Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney represent you at this hearing will enable you to craft a solid defense strategy to be presented at the hearing. Our firm has successfully represented numerous clients facing potential criminal charges at clerk magistrates’ hearings. It is important to present a strong and carefully crafted defense at a criminal clerk’s hearing as the case may potentially be resolved and dismissed without going through the trial process.
Arraignments in Massachusetts for Motor Vehicle Crimes
If you were arrested or are facing more serious criminal charges, you may not be given a criminal clerk magistrate’s hearing. Instead, your first court appearance will be an arraignment. At your arraignment, you will be formally charged with a crime and the issue of bail will be addressed by the court. Often times, the judge will ask whether or not you plan to hire a private attorney to represent you in court. If you choose to hire a lawyer, many judges will give you time to retain one. Our firm will is available on short notice in order to be by your side at your arraignment. We will work quickly and efficiently in gathering all of the available evidence and will zealously advocate on your behalf on issues of bail and other preliminary legal matters.
Boston Motor Vehicle Criminal Defense Attorney
At our firm, we understand that being charged with a crime in Massachusetts can be an extremely stressful situation. We will be by your side throughout the entire criminal process and will fully explain your rights in order to put your mind at ease. As a client of our firm, your Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer will zealously advocate on your behalf and will thoroughly analyze your case in order to achieve the best result possible.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a driving crime in Massachusetts, contact our firm to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your case. Our firm is conveniently located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and represents clients in courthouses throughout the entire Commonwealth.
Our defense firm is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact our office for a free and confidential case quote.