It is imperative to select the best Boston criminal defense lawyer possible. When preparing for a criminal defense case, the person charged with a crime is under extreme duress. The charge is most likely very serious and the person could face a lengthy prison sentence. If he or she is found guilty of the crime, it could ruin her or his reputation and social standing within the community.
The person could also be financially destroyed. However, there is a way to avoid these scenarios and that is to choose an exceptional criminal defense lawyer. The person must take immediate action. Therefore, legal guidance is necessary as soon as possible. It is ill-advised to wait a long time for legal help. Instead, the person should conduct a search or even ask around for the best lawyer for her or his unique situation. He or she must realize if the case goes to trial, it may be lengthy and intricate.
Vincent A. Tofani, Experienced Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer
Mr. Tofani covers these areas of criminal defense:
● Violent Crimes (rape, murder, kidnapping, etc.)
● OUI – Operating Under the Influence
● Drug Crimes (possession, distribution, trafficking)
● Restraining Orders
Attorney Tofani is a Super Lawyers Rising Star, which recognizes the top 2.5% of criminal defense attorneys who have successful practices and are under the age of 40. In 2015, he was named as one of the Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is an active member of the National Police Accountability Project and the American Civil Liberties Union. Early in his career, he served as an intern in the Major Felonies Bureau of the Suffolk County Superior Court District Attorney’s Office. He assisted the most experienced trial attorneys as they prepared pretrial motions and prosecuted cases, such as: drug distribution and trafficking, arson, aggravated assault and battery, and murder offenses. He worked for legendary trial lawyer Richard Egbert, and he worked as an associate attorney for Francis T. O’Brien, Jr, an exceptional criminal defense lawyer in Massachusetts. Over the next six years, Attorney Tofani drafted and argued a host of motions to suppress evidence and motions to dismiss, and did so with excellent results.
Defendant’s Rights in OUI Cases
When an arrest occurs for an OUI in the state of Massachusetts, the driver may voluntarily consent to a Breathalyzer test, which determines the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), but doesn’t have to. If a person is 21 years or older and registers a BAC of .08 or greater, her/his license or right to operate will be suspended for 30 days. If a person is under 21 and registers a BAC of .02 or greater, her/his license or right to operate will be suspended for 30 days.
License suspension/right to operate periods can be long term. For example, if a driver is 21 and this is his first-time OUI, his license suspension period is 180 days. However, if this is his second OUI offense, his license is suspended for three years. For those who have a prior DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) with serious bodily injury conviction, the suspension is 10 years. For a person who has a prior conviction of vehicular homicide, the suspension is a lifetime.
That is why it is best to hire a criminal defense attorney who knows the law inside and out in order to defend a client strategically.
Defendant’s Rights in Drug Cases
Drug crimes are broken down by class or category; each class determines the type of drugs and the consequences associated with it. For example, heroin is a class A substance, which is considered the most dangerous class. If a person is charged with possessing heroin, for instance, the punishment will depend on the amount, or net weight, or heroin possessed. A class D substance includes marijuana. If a person is caught, for example, trafficking marijuana, the punishment again depends on the amount trafficked. Punishments could be in the form of prison sentences, monetary fines and loss of driver’s license if convicted on a state charge.
For someone who is facing a drug offense, it is highly recommended to find a criminal defense lawyer who knows both the federal and state laws. Oftentimes, sentencing guidelines can change, and a lawyer must know about these changes. Also, the attorney should have the ability to connect with her or his client in regard to drug rehabilitation. Solutions can be found in rehabilitating the client, and this occurs in lesser-known scenarios, such as Veterans Treatment Courts.
To Find the Best Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer
Call Vincent A. Tofani now. Attorney Tofani provides free and confidential phone consultations. Please contact him immediately at 617-886-0500 x1018 to discuss your case.