Felony and Misdemeanor

Massachusetts Misdemeanor & Felony Attorney

Have your or a loved one been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Massachusetts? Contact experienced criminal defense attorney Kathleen McCarthy for legal representation. Attorney Kathleen McCarthy has successfully defended individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies in district and superior courts throughout Massachusetts. Contact her today for a consultation.

Misdemeanor Criminal Offense Attorney

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony. A misdemeanor is a crime in which a defendant can only be sentenced to the house of correction or jail if convicted. There is no possibility of being sentenced to a state prison for a defendant convicted of a misdemeanor. Common crimes charged as a misdemeanor in Massachusetts are drunk driving offenses, disorderly conduct, fishing and hunting violations, possession of certain controlled substances and most criminal motor vehicle offenses. Review the Master Crime List to determine if you were charged with a misdemeanor or felony. If you are charged with a misdemeanor there are many options available to dispose of the case without having a criminal conviction.

Felony Criminal Offense Attorney

A felony is a serious criminal offense. If a person is charged with a felony in Massachusetts, there is a possibility that upon conviction that the judge will sentence the defendant to state prison. In Massachusetts that means serving a sentence at prisons such as Walpole State Prison, Norfolk State Prison, Souza Baranowski Correctional Center and Shirley Correctional Facility. Serving a sentence in this type of institution is considered serving “hard time.” Common crimes charged as felonies in Massachusetts consists of murder, arson, rape, kidnapping, white collar crimes, fraud schemes, burglary, armed robbery, larceny, embezzlement, drug trafficking, 3rd offense drunk driving charge, and manslaughter. There are some felonies that can be prosecuted in District Court. However, certain felonies such as murder, rape and arson can only be prosecuted in the Superior Court. The defendant will have a right to a jury or bench trial.

Reduce Felony to Misdemeanor

In the event you are or a loved one is charged with a felony, the case should always be reviewed to determine whether the charge can be reduced to a misdemeanor. Experienced attorney Kathleen McCarthy may be able to have your criminal charge reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. She will review the facts of your case, including the prosecutor’s evidence, to determine the best course of action to take to have your criminal charge reduced or dismissed.

Massachusetts Civil Infraction Offense Attorney

Civil infractions are the least serious type of offense. Generally, infractions are not defined as a crime in Massachusetts. An infraction is a type of charge that does not require the accused to serve any jail time or incarceration. The accused is usually required to pay a fine and is rarely required to make a court appearance. If an infraction remains unaddressed, the offender can face increased fines and penalties.

Infractions include offenses such as traffic tickets (examples – speeding, failing to signal, seat belt violations, and texting while driving) jaywalking, and littering citations. Because an infraction is considered to be non-criminal, it will not appear on your criminal record. Depending on the nature of your infraction, it may appear on your driving record, local court record, or police agency record.

If you would like to protest your infraction, you can make a court appearance to argue the merits of your case. In most cases, a hearing must be requested within a certain time frame for the hearing to be scheduled.

In certain circumstances, it may be in your best interest to retain counsel to your infraction. If the infraction could result in paying a hefty fine or an increase in insurance points, you should definitely retain counsel to make an appearance on your behalf.

Hire Boston Misdemeanor and Felony Attorney Kathleen McCarthy

Every client of Attorney McCarthy’s gets the benefit of her twenty-five years in the Massachusetts criminal court system. Avoiding conviction and minimizing consequences are always the goals when she steps in a courtroom. If you have been charged with a felony and/or a misdemeanor Attorney McCarthy will evaluate your case and assist you in navigating through the criminal court system.

Contact Boston criminal defense attorney Kathleen McCarthy for legal advice and counseling. Kathleen has represented hundreds of individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies throughout the Boston area. As a former District Attorney, she knows the ins-and-outs of the criminal justice system. Depending on the circumstances of the case, Attorney Kathleen McCarthy can file several motions on your behalf to have the charge(s) issued against you reduced or dismissed. Call 978-975-8060 to speak with her directly. She provides criminal representation to residents of Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill, Concord, Ayer and Newburyport, Massachusetts.