Even relatively minor criminal convictions have a way of haunting your life long after you have fulfilled any sentence handed down by a court. Examples include first-time drunk driving convictions and convictions for simple possession of substances like marijuana. Along with gaining a criminal record and possibly losing your freedom, you may also suffer basic rights' violations in some arrest situations.
Many defendants enter the Massachusetts criminal justice system without much legal knowledge about the violent crimes surrounding their arrests. As such, they are vulnerable to unfair treatment in the court as well as civil rights violations. Having a defense attorney represent and protect your interests during all legal proceedings can help you avoid these pitfalls.