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When to Hire a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Massachusetts.


As a criminal defense attorney with many years of experience in the Massachusetts court system, I've seen firsthand the devastating impact domestic violence accusations can have on a person's life. Even if you're innocent, the legal system can be complex and unforgiving. That's why, if you're facing domestic violence charges in Massachusetts, it's crucial to secure the services of a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible.

Here's a breakdown of when you should hire a lawyer and what you can expect from the process:


When to Hire a Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer in Massachusetts:

Don't wait for a formal arraignment to seek legal counsel. Here are some situations where immediate action is vital:

  • You've Been Arrested: This is a no-brainer. The police will likely pressure you to make a statement, but anything you say can be used against you. Your right to remain silent applies here too. Politely decline to answer questions and request an attorney.

  • A Restraining Order Has Been Filed Against You: A 209A restraining order can severely restrict your movement, prevent you from seeing your children, and even force you out of your own home. An attorney can fight for your rights and ensure the order is fair and accurate.

  • You're Facing Criminal Charges: Domestic violence charges in Massachusetts can range from misdemeanors like assault and battery on a family or household member to felonies like strangulation or intimidation. The potential consequences, including jail time, fines, and a criminal record, are serious. An attorney can navigate the legal system, build your defense, and fight for the best possible outcome.


What a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Can Do for You:

A skilled domestic violence attorney will be your advocate throughout the entire legal process. Here are some specific ways they can help:

  • Investigate the Accusations: They will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work to uncover any inconsistencies in the accuser's story.

  • Develop a Defense Strategy: Based on the facts of your case, your attorney will build a strong and comprehensive defense. This might involve self-defense arguments, witness alibis, or challenging the credibility of the accuser.

  • Negotiate with the Prosecutor: In many cases, your attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor to have the charges dropped or reduced. This could involve attending pre-trial conferences and exploring alternative solutions like anger management programs.

  • Represent You in Court: If your case goes to trial, your attorney will represent you in court, present evidence on your behalf, and cross-examine witnesses.


Finding the Right Attorney:

Here are some tips for finding the right domestic violence defense attorney in Massachusetts:

  • Seek Experience: Look for an attorney with a proven track record of success in handling domestic violence cases. Experience matters, especially when dealing with the complexities of these cases.

  • Seek Recommendations: Talk to friends, family, or former clients for recommendations. You can also reach out to bar associations or local legal aid organizations for referrals.

  • Focus: Ask about their experience in the specific field. Are they handling all sorts of legal issues or are they focused in a specific area of law.


The Importance of Early Action:

Domestic violence cases can be emotionally charged and complex. The sooner you secure legal representation, the better. Your attorney can begin building your defense immediately, which can be critical in the long run. They can also help you understand your rights and navigate the legal process with confidence.

Remember: You are not alone. Domestic violence accusations can be overwhelming, but there is help available. A skilled domestic violence defense attorney can be your strongest advocate and ensure you have a fair chance at defending yourself. Call me, Attorney Michael Bradley at 617-602-5039. I understand your situation and I am easy to talk to.

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