The capital of Massachusetts, Boston, is a large city in Suffolk County that serves as a hub for the culture and economy throughout New England. As the sixth most populous city in the country, it is home to roughly 8.2 million people. Neighborhoods in the city include Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End, and Jamaica Plain. As in other large cities, crimes are frequently charged. The chances of becoming a victim of violent crime are estimated as 1 in 166, with assault accounting for the greatest share of violent crimes in the city. Property crime is more common, with a far higher number of ordinary thefts than burglaries or motor vehicle thefts. If you were charged with a violent crime, sex crime, or other offense, you should call the seasoned Boston criminal defense lawyer Ryan P. Sullivan who has more than a decade of experience, and brings robust insights gained as a former prosecutor when advocating for the accused.Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer
In Massachusetts, crimes may be charged as felonies, misdemeanors or infractions, with felony charges being the most serious charges. Felony offenses include murder, drug possession with intent to distribute, rape, murder, vehicular homicide, burglary and a 3rd or greater DUI. When you are hiring a criminal defense lawyer, it is important to seek out one with a strong reputation among prosecutors and judges. Your choice in legal representation can have a big impact on your case. While a prosecutor must prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt, the government has substantial resources to meet this burden, and you should be represented by a lawyer who is equally experienced and resourceful.Fight Violent Crimes Charges in Boston
Violent crimes include all offenses that are believed to involve force, including:
- domestic violence,
- armed robbery,
- and illegal possession of weapons and firearms.
Some violent crimes are also sex crimes or weapons crimes. Defenses we may be able to raise include self-defense, defense of others, procedural flaws, constitutional violations, or reasonable doubt.Retain a Sex Crimes Attorney
Much is at stake in sex crimes cases. Sex crimes can include:
- indecent assault and battery,
- rape of a child,
- assault with intent to commit rape,
- and child pornography.
In addition to the usual potential penalties, such as incarceration and fines, your sentence may include a requirement that you continue to register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life. Credibility is particularly crucial in sex crimes cases. Mr. Sullivan will look closely at your specific situation to develop the strongest possible strategy to protect your rights and defend you.Property Crimes Defense
One of the most common property crimes in Boston is theft, which is known as larceny. While the charges are more serious the greater value of the property, it can be important to avoid convictions for larceny even when the charges involve property of lower value, as convictions can affect your reputation and ability to get a job and could be used as charges that allow for harsher sentences in the event that you are charged and convicted of a crime again.OUI Charges and Drug Crimes
Massachusetts takes drug crimes and operating under the influence (OUI) charges, including OUI charges that involve driving under the influence of drugs seriously. Controlled substances are categorized as Class A, B, C, D, or E. Conviction for even possession of a controlled substance can have significant collateral consequences and affect whether you can obtain certain licenses. Among other potential defenses, if we represent you, we may raise violations of your rights in connection with search and seizure, challenge a breath or other chemical test, or seek to exclude evidence on other grounds.Discuss the Charges with a Trustworthy Boston Defense Lawyer
If you were charged with a crime, you should call seasoned Boston criminal defense attorney Ryan P. Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan has more than a decade of experience and will investigate every angle of your case in order to provide you with the best defense possible. Call him today at (617) 997-7597 or get in touch through our online form to schedule your free consultation.