There are several reasons one may be charged with a crime including mistaken identity, false accusations, lack of restraint, poor judgment, or feeling that one had no other choice but to commit certain actions under the circumstances. Regardless of the situation that that led to a criminal charge, if you are accused of a criminal offense in Massachusetts, your best option to help mitigate the consequences is to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney and learn as much as possible about the charges you face.
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges in Massachusetts (Boston, North Shore, Metrowest, South Shore or Cape Cod) it is important to consult with a criminal lawyer who has experience handling cases, from OUI and reckless driving to fraud and theft.
In Massachusetts, crimes are charged as either misdemeanor or felony offenses. A misdemeanor is considered a less serious crime than a felony, with lower jail sentences and consequences. Violent crimes, high dollar property crimes, and serious drug crimes are generally considered felonies and carry prison sentences of up to life in prison.
For example, a first offense OUI is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, but subsequent offenses may be charged as felony OUIs.
Assault is generally charged as a misdemeanor, but aggravated assault is considered a felony. Other crimes remain firmly planted in the misdemeanor category, such as disorderly conduct. Reckless driving is another common criminal misdemeanor in Massachusetts.
Bostonian Legal Group has worked on criminal cases from magistrate hearings to long, complex trials. If you, or your friends or family, have been charged with a crime, contact Bostonian Legal Group to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney today.