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Kathleen M. McCarthy

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Phone: 978-975-8060

50 Congress St #525
Boston, Massachusetts 02109

200 Sutton St #231
North Andover, Massachusetts 01845

Massachusetts Attorney Kathleen M. McCarthy is a leading criminal defense lawyer who has specialized in criminal law for over twenty-five years. For the past two decades, she has been fighting for her clients in Massachusetts District Courts, Massachusetts Superior Courts, the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She also routinely represents individuals in clerk’s hearings or “show cause” hearings and has successfully prevented the issuance of criminal charges. She is a fierce criminal defense attorney, recognized as an outstanding professional by her peers, respected by prosecutors and appreciated by clients.

McCarthy thoroughly prepares for every case by conducting appropriate client and witness interviews and filing all relevant pre-trial motions. Her experience at the trial and appellate level ensures that all of her clients receive the best possible defense strategy. In cases in which clients are charged with crimes in which “possession” is an element that the Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a conviction, she routinely files and wins motions to suppress evidence. The typical cases in which these types of pre-trial evidentiary motions are filed are drugs cases such as unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a firearm. Attacking the prosecution’s case from all angles is critical because this genre of crimes usually require a mandatory jail sentence upon conviction. For example, if the prosecution secures a conviction for illegal possession of a firearm, a defendant must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of eighteen months in prison. Similarly, if a defendant is convicted of illegal possession of a controlled substance in a school zone, he or she must serve at least two years in prison. A defendant cannot earn good time credit with this type of sentence. If you have been charged with these types of crimes and want to have the best representation available, contact Attorney McCarthy immediately.

Attorney McCarthy recognizes that engaging in skillful negotiation is also important. Her experience as a Boston Massachusetts Assistant District Attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is the reason that she has insight into how to approach cases to get the most favorable result. Prior to opening her own criminal defense practice, she was a member of the Suffolk County Homicide Unit of the District Attorney’s Office and served as a District Court Supervisor at East Boston and Charlestown District Courts.

Attorney McCarthy prepares every case for trial and develops a sound legal defense for every client that walks through the door. She has tried countless cases in Massachusetts and secured not guilty verdicts for a variety of offenses, including domestic assault and battery and operating under the influence of alcohol. If you do not want to plead guilty and want one of the most experienced, knowledgeable and skillful lawyers on your side, contact Attorney McCarthy now.

Attorney McCarthy also has a very successful post-conviction legal practice. Post-conviction litigation is simply the process that a defendant engages in to try to vacate or overturn his or her conviction. This can be done either by filing a notice of appeal or by filing a motion for a new trial. In situations in which a defendant has pleaded guilty, a motion for a new trial can still be filed. This type of motion is referred to as a motion to withdraw a guilty plea. With the recent disclosure of misconduct at the Hinton Drug Laboratory, many defendants who have been convicted for drug offenses find themselves in a situation in which their convictions can be overturned by pursuing this avenue. Similarly, with the recent developments in immigration law whereby a practicing Massachusetts Attorney must advise a non-citizen of all immigration consequences prior to pleading guilty, any non-citizen defendant who was not properly advised should consider withdrawing his or her plea on that basis. Attorney McCarthy has decades of experience in the Massachusetts Appellate Courts and is the best person to guide you through this process.

Fighting the issuance and extension of M.G.L. 209A Civil Restraining Orders and M.G.L. 258E Harassment Prevention Orders is also a significant part of Attorney McCarthy’s law practice. Attorney McCarthy conducts all necessary witness interviews and presents the relevant evidence to prevent the extension of these civil orders. Although these types of orders are civil, it is important to fight the extension of them because if a person is charged with violation of this order he or she lands in the criminal court. The crime of violation of a restraining order carries a maximum sentence of two and one half years in prison. The best way to prevent this from happening is to suggest to the judge that the plaintiff has not met the appropriate standard or that he or she is simply being untruthful. Attorney McCarthy has successfully prevented the extension of many of these civil orders. Attorney McCarthy also specializes in representing clients accused of domestic violence and has secured not guilty verdicts and dismissals.

Kathleen M. McCarthy has focused on Massachusetts Criminal Law throughout her legal career. McCarthy is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

If you have been charged with a crime or arrested for a felony or a misdemeanor and want experience and skill on your side, call Massachusetts criminal defense Attorney Kathleen McCarthy now at 978-975-8060 or click here to send an email. Time is not on your side. She will respond quickly to speak with you and your loved ones.

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  • Massachusetts Appeals Court Vacates Harassment Prevention Order For Client Represented By Attorney McCarthy

    The client and complaining witness worked together at a company. The witness applied for and received a Harassment Prevention (M.G.L. 258E) which interfered with his ability to perform his duties without stress resulting from the threat of being charged with the crime of violating the restraining order. Our office appeared in the District Court and vehemently argued that the allegations of the plaintiff did NOT meet the threshold for having the order extended. The judge improperly extended the order.

    Our office appealed the findings of the judge to the Massachusetts Appeals Court and vehemently argued that there was NO basis for the order being issued. The Appeals Court agreed and ordered that the order be vacated.