Lawrence

Criminal Defense in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Residents in Lawrence, Massachusetts find themselves facing criminal charges on a daily basis. No matter what legal issues you are dealing with, from drug crimes and theft to DUI or serious assault charges, it is critical to ensure you have an experienced, aggressive legal advocate on your side to protect your rights.

To give yourself the best chance of beating the charges or reaching a reasonable agreement with prosecutors you must secure an attorney who knows how the system works and can work on your behalf throughout the process. The seasoned Lawrence criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Kathleen M. McCarthy is here to provide the support you need. Contact our office today to see how we can help. Time is critical, so do not delay in making that call.

Lawrence, MA Drug Crimes - Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, and Distribution

Drug crimes carry serious punishment in the state of Massachusetts, especially if you are caught with a specific class of drugs, such as cocaine or morphine and heroin, among others. Furthermore, if you are charged with possession with intent to distribute, distribution or trafficking in a controlled substance, sentencing are far more severe than if it is for personal, recreational use. If you have been charged with a drug crime, you will need a reliable and knowledgeable, compassionate and highly skilled criminal defense attorney - Kathleen McCarthy is a highly valued Lawrence criminal defense attorney with almost thirty years of experience. She has deep knowledge of the court system, and strong working relationships with personnell in the courthouse.

Recently, there has been a rash of individuals charged with possession of heroin [a class a substance] and knowingly being present where heroin is kept in Lawrence. Many of theses individuals are summonsed to court for either a clerk-magistrate’s hearing or an arraignment. It is very important to have an experienced criminal attorney represent someone in this situation. Depending on the circumstances, with proper representation an illegal possession of a controlled substance case can be disposed of or dismissed prior to arraignment.

Unfortunately, Lawrence struggles with drug crimes: possession, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution are common charges that McCarthy sees when residents seek her help. Attorney McCarthy remains committed to defending her clients and their constitutional rights. She has done this for over twenty-five years, and she can do this for you or for your loved one.

Lawrence, MA

The city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, which is located in Essex County, has a rich past, dynamic people, and unique economy that makes its criminal defense needs specific to the location. Thus if you have been charged with a crime in this particular city, you need a Lawrence criminal defense attorney who is well-versed and highly experienced with the criminal court system.

As mentioned, Lawrence has a long, rich, and interesting past. In fact, it was the first planned industrial city. Originally founded in the 1840s on the Merrimack River, Lawrence, like many cities in the Northeast, was an industrial city for textile mills. At its inception, it grew and flourished as a leader in textile products. It also served as entry into the United States, as many foreign-born residents arrived in Lawrence to work in the textile industry. When the mills in Lawrence began to churn out various products, immigrants from far and wide arrived. They came from Canada, England, Germany, Poland, Italy, and Lithuania. Some even came from Syria. As a result of the diverse immigrant communities that the city attracted, Lawrence is still known today as the “Immigrant City.” Furthermore, and like many other cities in the U.S., during the 1980s and 1990s, Lawrence began to draw significant numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. These Hispanic newcomers were attracted to the low-cost of living as well as the tolerant attitude towards immigrants. Southeast Asians are the most recent arrivals, as many from Vietnam and Cambodia have begun to call Lawrence home.

Lawrence is still a thriving city with a population of 70,000 people. In addition, it still is a manufacturing center where textiles, clothing, and shoes are produced. For instance, brands such as New Balance and Cardinal Shoes are located there. Moreover, a number of large corporations moved to Lawrence, because it is only 25 miles South of Boston, conveniently located on two major interstate highways (Route 93 and 495).

Lawrence, however, is not without its challenges, especially economic ones. These pose problems and cause serious crime problems for the community and Lawrence residents. That is why a Lawrence criminal defense lawyer is the best advocate to hire in order to help you get through the criminal defense system.

The city’s crime statistics tell the tale. For example, in 2005, there were 1,897 arrests made for motor vehicle thefts, 9,334 charges of larceny, 3,844 burglary charges, and 2,108 cases of aggravated assault. These statistics indicate that Lawrence as a community is facing sociological criminal problems. When it comes to litigation, it also means that Lawrence residents need appropriate representation.

Residents of Lawrence benefit from having Kathleen McCarthy, an aggressive criminal defense attorney, one who is familiar with the Fenton Judicial Center, and knows where the Lawrence District Courts are located (2 Appleton Street, Lawrence, NY 01840) for Lawrence and Essex County .

Reach out to Attorney Kathleen McCarthy Today!

Kathleen McCarthy is a criminal defense lawyer with more than twenty years of experience protecting the freedom and rights of clients. She has an outstanding track record of success in representing clients who have been charged with drug crimes, drunk driving (OUI), also known as DUI, aggravated assault, restraining orders, clerk's hearings, sex crimes, assault and battery, domestic assaults (violence) probation violations and many charges.

Lawrence Criminal Defense Lawyer Kathleen McCarthy maintains two offices for the convenience of her clients, one in North Andover and another in Boston. Call Kathleen M. McCarthy right now at 978-975-8060 or click here to send an email.

Case Results » Lawrence

  • Attorney McCarthy Successfully Amends Restraining Order December 4, 2009

    The District Court granted the plaintiff’s request for a temporary restraining order based on her claim that she was in fear of the defendant. The defendant was ordered to remain away from the residence and not contact the plaintiff. The plaintiff was granted custody of the couple’s toddler. Attorney McCarthy filed a Motion to Vacate The Restraining Order based on the grounds that the plaintiff repeatedly sent text messages to the defendant and due to the fact that the plaintiff left the residence therefore, the defendant should be allowed to move back to the apartment. Attorney McCarthy maintained that the request by the plaintiff not to have the defendant contact her was disingenuous in view of the fact it appeared that the plaintiff was inviting contact with the defendant through text messages. Following discussions with a representative of the District Attorney’s Office and a hearing the judge vacated the “no contact” portion of the order allowed the defendant to move back into his residence.

  • Lawrence District Court Judge Vacates Restraining Order November 30, 2009

    The plaintiff and the defendant were roommates and both names were on the lease. The plaintiff applied for a restraining order claiming that she was fearful of the defendant based on the exchange of a number of text messages. The plaintiff maintained that the defendant emotionally and verbally abused her. Following a hearing in which Attorney McCarthy cross examined the plaintiff and presented oral argument, the judge vacated the restraining order.

  • Attorney McCarthy Negotiates Dismissal of Domestic Abuse Charges November 1, 2009

    The police responded to a home for a report of alleged domestic abuse. After interviewing the residents the police arrested the defendant and charged him with assault and battery. Pre-trial investigation and interviews indicated that there was no physical contact between the defendant and his wife. Uncovering this favorable evidence resulted in a dismissal of the case without the defendant having to admit to facts or admit guilt.