In Massachusetts, the penalty for first-degree murder is life without parole. With your life on the line, you must move swiftly and deliberately to ensure a successful defense. Murder cases require experienced criminal defense lawyers, educated in forensic evidence and the multiple defenses available to persons accused of murder. Our lawyers use experienced investigators and go with them to conduct witness interviews and see the evidence first-hand; independent experts help us conduct our own crime scene and forensic analysis and we use our sharp trial skills to pick apart the flaws in the government’s case.
We have successfully persuaded prosecutors not to indict for murder. At trial, we have obtained acquittals and convictions for lesser-included offenses. We have also raised cutting edge legal issues that have resulted in reversals on appeal.
- Commonwealth v. R.A.
At trial, argued for the admission of evidence that showed the alleged victim had a reputation for violence (even though our client may not have been aware of it). The judge refused to admit the evidence. On appeal, the Supreme Judicial Court reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial.
- Commonwealth v. P.P.
Successfully argued that our client, a 16-year-old boy, acted in self-defense when he was confronted by several older, bigger peers. Although the Commonwealth insisted our client acted with premeditation, after three days of deliberation, he was acquitted.
- Commonwealth v. W.B.
Our client was accused of shooting and killing another individual after that individual’s friends attacked our client’s brother. Our client was found not guilty by reason of defense of another or actual innocence (alternate theories were advanced in summation) (get permission)
- Commonwealth v. D.K.
Secured agreement not to prosecute our client who, in self-defense, had fatally stabbed someone attempting to rob him with a gun during a drug deal.
- Commonwealth v. R. G.
Our client was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of another. After a jury trial, the jury was hung. Subsequently, the client plead guilty to manslaughter.
If you want to speak with a criminal defense attorney about a homicide case in Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or New York, please Contact Us.
We have experience successfully representing clients before the Parole Board. For anyone sentenced to a term of years or life with the possibility of parole, the way to leave prison early is through a parole hearing. Parole hearings are not about guilt or innocence; the normal rules of evidence do not apply. Rather, successful representation involves a highly skilled presentation to the Board. We know how to put together the right documents, witnesses, and testimony to help assure the Parole Board the client is ready to be released.
If you want to speak with a criminal defense attorney in Boston or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about a parole hearing, please Contact Us.