Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a crime, you will want a Boston criminal defense attorney at your side.  At every step of the process, the deck is stacked against you; the Commonwealth’s law enforcement apparatus is powerful and navigating the courts can be overwhelming.  The disposition of your case hinges on many factors, such as the severity of the crime with which you have been charged and your prior criminal history. 

Don’t wait until the last minute to hire a lawyer! The earlier a lawyer is involved with your defense, the better the chance of a more favorable outcome. When you receive notice to appear for a “Clerk’s Hearing” or “Show Cause Hearing,” contact me to discuss your case. This initial hearing is to determine whether there is probable cause to issue the criminal complaint. In some cases, it is possible to resolve the issue at this early stage. If the complaint is issued, the next event is your arraignment; at arraignment, the charges against you will be read in open court, and unless an agreement to resolve the complaint can be reached, you will enter a plea of “not guilty” and schedule a subsequent date to appear before the court.

During these early phases, there are several concrete measures that you can take to encourage a favorable resolution of your case. For the best possible outcome, contact me, Matthew K. Barison, as early as possible.

Restraining Orders

If you are being abused, you may wish to seek a restraining order.  Abuse, in the eyes of the law, occurs when someone is harming you, attempting to harm you, or placing you in fear of imminent serious physical harm.  Harassment, a lesser but still serious offense, occurs when you have been subject to three or more acts of “willful and malicious conduct.”  If you are the victim of abuse or harassment, the court can order the offender to stop abusing, harassing, or coming near you; these days, such orders often extend to attempted unwanted contact via text messaging and social media.

When you are granted a restraining order, you will have to come back to court within 10 days for a hearing with the alleged offender.  If, after hearing the other party, the court determines that you are indeed being abused or harassed, it will usually grant you an order good for one year, with the possibility of further extensions.