Other Criminal Offenses
As criminal defense attorneys, Contant Law works with individuals charged with a wide variety of criminal offenses. If you have been charged with a crime not specifically listed on our website, it is highly likely we have defended others charged with the same offense. We have the legal expertise, the experience in the courts and the commitment to guiding our clients to a successful result. Some examples of other criminal charges we have defended include rape, indecent assault and battery, drug trafficking, armed robbery, unarmed robbery, firearms offenses, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
Understanding the Difference between a Felony and Misdemeanor
Many times, individuals contact us and are not sure of the severity of the crime they have been charged with: is it a misdemeanor or a felony? In simple terms, a misdemeanor is a less serious crime, and a felony is a more serious crime. Massachusetts defines a felony as any crime that has the possibility of a state prison sentence. All other crimes are considered misdemeanors. Due to the confusing nature of this definition, many people are charged with felonies for seemingly minor matters and do not realize it.
Being charged with a felony does not mean you will be sentenced to state prison or be committed to a correctional institution. We have defended many people charged with felonies and have either won the case or negotiated probation. It really depends on the nature of the crime, the individual’s record and whether the case is being brought to the District Court or the Superior Court (most felonies can be brought to either court).
In Massachusetts, a misdemeanor is defined as an offense that does not carry the potential of being sentenced to state prison. However, misdemeanors can carry a house of correction sentence, a fine or both. Additionally, there could be a number of collateral consequences, such as immigration issues, housing issues and employment issues to name a few. As your criminal defense attorney, we will determine whether there are grounds for dismissal of your case, suppression of illegally obtained evidence or statements, and develop a strategy for trial, if necessary. After exploring these options, we will evaluate whether a plea makes sense and then leverage our experience with the court system to gain a favorable outcome at the negotiating table.
We have helped numerous clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies obtain dismissals, victory after trial or take advantage of diversion programs and sentencing alternatives to keep their records clean.