Criminal convictions can carry serious penalties, including the potential for incarceration and significant fines. A criminal record will make it challenging to find a job or a place to live. If you are charged with a crime, you should retain an experienced and aggressive Middlesex County criminal defense lawyer. Chris Spring is a former prosecutor who now defends people charged with crimes in Massachusetts. During the past 18 years, he has appeared in almost every superior court and district court in Eastern Massachusetts and has tried more than 150 cases before juries. He has also argued criminal cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court. Some of the cases he defends include allegations of OUI, domestic violence, strangulation, drug trafficking, drug possession, assault and battery, restraining order violations, and criminal harassment.
Operating under the influence of alcohol or driving while intoxicated is a serious charge in Massachusetts. Whether you are charged for the first time or as a subsequent offender, Attorney Spring will closely examine the Commonwealth's case to determine whether you were lawfully stopped by the police and whether there are innocent explanations for why you may have performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. The maximum penalty for a first offense OUI conviction is two and a half years in a House of Correction and a $5,000 fine. A conviction for a first offense typically results in probation, an alcohol education program, a license suspension, and thousands of dollars in fines and fees. Subsequent OUI convictions result in harsher penalties, including a 14-day inpatient alcohol program (for a second conviction) and mandatory jail sentences (starting with third convictions).
Driving under the influence of drugs requires the Commonwealth to prove you operated a motor vehicle on a public way while under the influence of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, a depressant, a narcotic, glue vapors, or a stimulant. The first two elements are usually easily proven, and most defendants dispute they were under the influence of drugs. When a driver smells like marijuana or looks disoriented, a police officer may ask him to complete roadside assessment tests, such as the one-legged stand test or the backward counting test. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney in Middlesex County may find ways to challenge the results of these tests and secure an acquittal.Domestic Violence
Attorney Spring defends domestic violence charges involving assault and battery on a family or household member. He will work with you to understand the history of your relationship to the alleged victim and determine, among other things, whether the alleged victim has perpetrated prior bad acts against your that might be admissible at trial. A Massachusetts prosecutor trying to obtain a conviction for domestic violence assault and battery needs to prove there was an intentional, non-consensual touching of a family or household member, which may include a spouse, a roommate, a former romantic partner, or a person related to the defendant by blood or marriage.Strangulation and Suffocation
Strangulation and suffocation were always punishable in Massachusetts under the assault and battery statute, but the Legislature recently enacted a law that specifically prohibits this type of conduct. An experienced Middlesex County criminal defense attorney can help you fight an allegation that you strangled or suffocated another person. Strangulation is defined as intentional interference with blood circulation or normal breathing by putting substantial pressure on the neck or throat of another person. Suffocation is defined as intentional interference with another person's normal breathing or circulation of blood by blocking her mouth or nose. The punishment for a conviction is up to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Suffocation and strangulation can be aggravated under certain circumstances, such as when they cause a serious bodily injury or when the victim is pregnant.Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking is a serious crime in Massachusetts and a conviction typically results in a lengthy prison sentence. Drug trafficking may be charged if you possessed with intent to distribute, or you actually distributed, drugs of a certain weight. Different drugs have different threshold weight amounts for the purposes of trafficking charges. For example, cocaine trafficking can be charged in cases involving at least 18 grams of cocaine. Marijuana trafficking can be charged in cases involving at least 50 pounds of marijuana. Trafficking is the most serious drug crime charged in Massachusetts, and most convictions carry mandatory minimum prison sentences.Possession With Intent to Distribute Drugs
Possession with intent to distribute is a crime that forces the Commonwealth to prove the drugs possessed by the defendant were intended to be given to someone else (rather than consumed by the defendant). This crime is often proven by circumstantial evidence, and an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Middlesex County can attack the strength of the prosecution’s evidence. A drug dealer can be expected to possess digital scales, cutting agents, large amounts of cash, weapons, packaging materials, and multiple cell phones. If these items aren’t present, perhaps the defendant was not planning to distribute the drugs. Because these cases almost always involve a police search of the defendant’s home, car, or clothes, motions to suppress evidence are often filed. Attorney Spring has won many motions to suppress in drug cases, resulting in his clients’ cases being dismissed. He has also won cases by persuading jurors that drugs found on his client were for personal use rather than distribution.Indecent Assault and Battery
Indecent assault and battery is a serious crime and a conviction will likely require the defendant to register as a sex offender. In order to secure a conviction, the prosecutor will need to prove you intentionally touched another person, without consent, in an indecent way. In addition to the sex offender registration requirement, convictions for indecent assault and battery carry the possibility of a lengthy state prison sentence.Assault and Battery With a Dangerous Weapon
In Massachusetts, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon is a felony that carries a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years. Dangerous weapons include inherently dangerous items, such as knives and guns, in addition to innocent items that are used in a dangerous manner (such as a bottle smashed over another person’s head in a bar fight, or a car used to strike another motorist during a road rage incident). Sometimes the prosecution relies entirely on an alleged victim's testimony, and an experienced Middlesex County criminal defense lawyer can attack the alleged victim’s credibility.Violation of a Restraining Order
A restraining order in Massachusetts, also known as a 209A order, is a document that typically prohibits one person from contacting or abusing another person. While a restraining order hearing is civil in nature, a violation of the order is a criminal offense that can result in a jail sentence. Restraining order cases can be defended in a variety of ways. Incidental or accidental contact does not constitute a violation of a restraining order. And since the person who obtains a restraining order always has bad feelings toward the defendant, an experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to attack her credibility on the basis of her bias.Criminal Harassment
You can be found guilty of criminal harassment in Massachusetts if the prosecutor proves you: willfully and maliciously engaged in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time; directed at the alleged victim; which seriously alarmed the alleged victim; and would have caused a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress. A conviction for criminal harassment carries up to two and a half years in jail. If you have already been convicted of criminal harassment and are found guilty of criminal harassment a second time, you face the possibility of a 10-year state prison sentence.Take the Next Step in Fighting Your Charge
If you are charged with a crime, it is crucial to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney in Middlesex County. Attorney Chris Spring began his career in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office and served as an assistant district attorney for more than three year, prosecuting cases in both district court and superior court. For more than a decade, he has dedicated his career to aggressively defending people accused of crimes, and has achieved great success as a trial attorney. Call Attorney Chris Spring at 617-513-9444 or use our online form to set up a free consultation. Attorney Spring represents criminal defendants in all courts in Middlesex County and the surrounding counties of Eastern Massachusetts.
Attorney Chris Spring owns and operates Spring & Spring, which provides aggressive and sophisticated representation to criminal defendants and individuals who are the targets of criminal investigations in Eastern Massachusetts. He represents clients charged with every type of crime in superior court and district court. As an assistant district attorney earlier in his career, Attorney Spring led investigations that resulted in the prosecution of hundreds of criminal cases. As a defense attorney, he now uses that experience and knowledge to attack the government’s case from the beginning of the investigation until the end of the trial.
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