Vincent A. Tofani is Boston criminal defense lawyer who will fight for your rights. He is a top criminal attorney who has received many honors, such as in 2015, he was named as one of the Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was also named 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.
Attorney Tofani believes that every citizen has inalienable rights, and he is there to defend them. 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. With a violent crime charge, he utilizes his years of experience and creative strategy in order to fight for the freedom and rights of his clients.
Operating Under the Influence (OUI)
Attorney Tofani specializes in OUI cases, which involve drunk driving and drug offenses while operating a vehicle. He is committed to his clients who suffer from substance abuse issues and/or mental health issues. He understands that being charged with an OUI is a serious offense that could strip away freedom, dignity and peace of mind. Therefore, for those who have substance abuse or mental health issues and are facing OUI charges, Attorney Tofani fosters relationships with the recovery community and will assist in the recovery of his clients. In regard to court, this assistance includes but is not limited to: probation surrender hearings, finding sober living facilities and/or long-term residential treatment facilities.
He understands that clients who are facing an OUI charge need compassion and empathy, and he provides this support, along with his aggressive tactics to fight for his clients both in and out of the courtroom. Attorney Tofani walks his clients through the OUI legal process and strategizes how to achieve the best outcome for them.
Attorney Tofani has years of experience in defending those who are charged with drug crimes. He believes in his clients, especially in regard to the recovery and sobriety process. He will fight for the rights and freedoms of his clients who are facing drug crime charges, such as: possession, trafficking, distribution and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
In the state of Massachusetts, the drug laws, statutes, fines and punishments are complex. The types of drugs are broken down in categories or “classes.” For example, marijuana is considered a Class D substance. If convicted, the length of prison time and the amount of the fine depends on the class and the amount of the substance. With marijuana, for instance, if a person is caught trafficking 50 pounds or more but less than 100 pounds, s/he may face a state prison sentence of two to 15 years and a fine of $500 up to $10,000. That is why it is imperative for a person to contact an experienced lawyer who will help her/him navigate the law.
If a person is facing a 258E Harassment Prevention Order, it could mean that the person has committed three or more acts that were: 1) malicious and willful toward the plaintiff 2) aimed at the plaintiff 3) intended to cause the plaintiff fear, intimidation, abuse or property damage. If a judge grants the restraining order, the person must not have contact with the plaintiff and may even have to pay restitution for direct losses to the plaintiff. Under Massachusetts law, Chapter 209A: Abuse Prevention, proceedings may be followed that include: an order for a suspension and surrender of firearms, a domestic violence record search and recommendation to a certified batters’ treatment program as a term of probation.
Attorney Tofani has worked extensively with those who have restraining orders taken out on them. This type of legal order is a specialty of his, and therefore, he has received many successful outcomes in these cases.
Commitment to Veterans
Attorney Tofani has a lifelong passion to devote his time and resources to veterans in need. He believes that those who have served in the armed forces deserve the utmost respect. He offers reduced fees when representing United States veterans, and he will also provide unending support and guidance to his veteran clients. Attorney Tofani is also actively involved in the Wounded Warriors Project and donates his time and money to the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. He assists veterans who are transitioning into civilian life. Some of these veterans may face criminal charges or have mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Therefore, he believes in nonjudgement and recognizes that veterans are heroes who have fought courageously and selflessly for the rights and freedoms of every American.
The VALOR Act
In 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law Senate Bill 2254—known as the VALOR Act. It grants the district courts and the Boston Municipal Courts the power to divert certain servicemen and veterans to treatment programs rather than prosecute them as alleged criminals. The act empowers veterans who are facing charges an opportunity to change their lives through a process of accountability, treatment and structure. Not all veterans qualify, but for those who do, it could be a positive life-changing experience that leads to sobriety and wellness, both mentally and physically. If a veteran qualifies, s/he will go through this process in Veterans Treatment Court.
Attorney Tofani has been honored to defend his veteran clients in Veterans Treatment Court in Boston. He utilizes the strong relationships with US Veterans Outreach Liaisons and has collaborated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to achieve positive results on behalf of veterans. The results are including but not limited to: Dismissals, as well as Pretrial Diversion in lieu of criminal prosecution.
Contact Vincent A. Tofani Today…
Attorney Tofani provides free and confidential phone consultations. Please contact him immediately at 617-886-0500 x1018 to discuss your case.