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Concord Criminal Defense Lawyer

A criminal conviction can seriously affect your life including choices about where you can live and work.  If you are facing criminal charges in Concord, you need an experienced, aggressive, and accessible attorney to represent you.  Attorney Chris Spring has the dedication and knowledge to defend you through every step of the criminal defense process. Contact him today at (617) 513-9444.   

Attorney Spring has:

  • Decades of criminal trial experience;
  • Owned his criminal defense practice for fifteen years; and
  • Successfully handled hundreds of criminal defense cases throughout Massachusetts. 

Call Spring & Spring to schedule your free initial consultation with Attorney Spring.  He will handle your case personally and never pass your case to an associate attorney.  Relieve some of the stress of your criminal matter by contacting Spring & Spring today.

How a Concord Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

Having a criminal defense attorney on your side is the crucial first step in protecting yourself in any criminal defense matter.  Your freedom is essential and Attorney Chris Spring has the courtroom and litigation experience needed to defend you in even the most complex criminal cases.  

Attorney Spring will listen to your story, then represent you through any, or all, of the following actions:

  • Gathering the facts surrounding your case;
  • Analyzing your case from both a legal and strategic standpoint;
  • Proceeding with any witness interviews, investigations, document production, and subpoenas; and
  • Determining if a plea agreement or trial is best for your case.

Attorney Spring is available nights, weekends, and holidays.  At Spring & Spring, you will know how much your case will cost, and there are no hidden fees or charges.  Call today to learn more about Attorney Chris Spring and schedule your first meeting.

Do You Need to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

No criminal case is too small to bring to a criminal defense lawyer. Consulting with a lawyer can give you information about a criminal accusation. During your consultation, the defense attorney can provide honest, straightforward and trustworthy legal advice about your case. If the attorney believes he or she can help you, the attorney may offer the law firm’s services.

Even a seemingly minor criminal charge in Massachusetts can have lasting ramifications, such as a permanent criminal record. An attorney has the resources and knowledge to argue your charges and penalties down to the bare minimum – or even to achieve case acquittal. If you are nervous about the cost of hiring a private defense lawyer, consider all of the critical ways a lawyer can help you, including preserving your freedom and protecting your future.

You Have a Right to a Defense

If you cannot afford to hire a private defense attorney, you still have the right to a defense. The U.S. Constitution gives you certain rights that no one can take away, including the right to a criminal defense attorney. If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, the courts will appoint a public defender. You can discuss the pros and cons of using a public defender compared to hiring a private attorney with Attorney Spring, who will give you an honest opinion based on your circumstances.

Areas of Practice

In Massachusetts, a misdemeanor is any criminal offense that does not carry the potential for state prison time.  The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor is two and a half years in the House of Correction.  A felony is any criminal offense punishable by state prison time.  Serious felonies can carry up to life in prison.

Attorney Spring argues a range of criminal cases from minor misdemeanors to major felonies in both district and superior courts.  He represents defendants with both new charges and those charged with violations of probation.  

Some areas of law Attorney Spring focuses on are:

  • Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, or OUI, DWI, and drunk driving;
  • Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs;
  • Domestic violence, or assault and battery on a family/household member;
  • Drug crimes, including drug trafficking, distribution, possession, and possession with intent to distribute; 
  • Rape, or assault with attempt to rape; 
  • Larceny, forgery, and money laundering; and
  • Gun crimes, including carrying a firearm without a license.

These are only a sampling of the vast number of cases Attorney Spring handles.  Call Spring & Spring to discuss your charges.

What to Do If You’ve Been Arrested in Concord

Being placed under arrest in Concord can be extremely stressful. It is important, however, to try to remain calm. The arresting officers may try to infringe upon your civil rights and liberties as early as your first encounter and arrest. While you should never try to resist arrest, you should take certain other steps to protect your legal rights from the very beginning, such as:

  1. Do not try to explain your way out of the arrest. Use your right to remain silent, as you may say the wrong thing. If you do, the officer will not hesitate to use it against you later.
  2. Cooperate with the arrest. Never try to resist arrest, argue with the police or start a fight. This can result in additional charges and serious physical injuries.
  3. Pay attention to the actions of the police officers. Note the details of your experience while in police custody. If the police engage in any form of misconduct, you can use this toward your defense.
  4. Contact an attorney immediately. At the police station, you will be booked, meaning they will take your mugshots and fingerprints. Then, you will be given one phone call. Contact a defense attorney in Concord immediately so that you can have legal representation.
  5. Don’t discuss your case with family and friends. With the exception of your wife or husband, the people you talk to can be called to the stand and asked to testify as witnesses against you.

Knowing what to do and what not to do if you’ve been arrested in Massachusetts can go a long way toward building a stronger case in your defense. The biggest mistakes most defendants make are talking to the police, answering their questions without an attorney present and accidentally saying something incriminating. Invoke your right to remain silent and do not answer any questions until you have an attorney present.

What Are Common Defenses Used in Criminal Cases?

The strength of your defense strategy rests on your lawyer’s ability to personalize it to suit your exact needs. Your defense lawyer should custom-tailor your defense according to your unique case and individual criminal history. The defense strategy that is right for you will depend on the specific circumstances. Common defense options include:

  • Alibi
  • Coercion or duress
  • Entrapment
  • False accusation
  • Insanity
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Intoxication
  • No crime committed
  • No intent to commit a crime
  • Wrong defendant

Whether your lawyer advises you to plead not guilty and use a defense to fight for acquittal or plead guilty and negotiate a satisfactory plea deal, you can trust that Attorney Spring is acting in your best interests to achieve your goals. At Spring & Spring, we don’t automatically advise all of our clients to take plea deals. We fight aggressively to defend their rights and obtain the best possible case outcomes, including fighting to have the charges dropped, when appropriate.

What Is the Criminal Trial Process?

Although every case is unique, all fit into the same structure and timeline within the criminal justice system. Knowing how a criminal case works in Massachusetts can help put your mind at ease, as you will know what step to expect next and how to tackle it with help from your Concord defense lawyer.

The basic criminal trial process has seven phases:

  1. The arrest. You will get arrested for a suspected crime and taken to the county jail.
  2. The arraignment hearing. Your first hearing, where you will hear what the charges against you are and be appointed a public defender, if desired. You can also enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest.
  3. You post bail. If applicable, you can post bail to await your trial date from home rather than in jail.
  4. Plea bargaining. If your attorney recommends that you take a plea deal, he or she can enter into negotiations with the prosecutor on your behalf.
  5. Pretrial motions. Without a plea deal, your criminal case will proceed to court, beginning with pretrial motions. These may include motions to dismiss or to strike down certain evidence, meaning it will be inadmissible in court.
  6. Criminal trial. On the day of your trial, your attorney will state your case and defend you against the prosecutor’s allegations in an attempt to prove that the prosecutor has not met the burden of proof – proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
  7. A panel of 12 jurors will listen to both sides of the case and decide whether you are guilty or not guilty. If all 12 jurors cannot agree, it is a hung jury, which can lead to the judge declaring a mistrial.

If the jury does not rule in your favor, your attorney can assess your case for the ability to file an appeal or a motion for a mistrial. Through every phase of the criminal trial process, you can have a criminal defense lawyer in your corner to defend your rights and guide you through complicated legal processes.

Preparation and Experience Matter

Attorney Spring treats every case as if it will go to trial.  His form of aggressive preparation and level of experience have aided Attorney Spring in obtaining successful verdicts in criminal cases including, but not limited to:

Attorney Chris Spring only represents criminal defendants and will put his experience to work for you, whether you are facing your first offense or you have a lengthy arrest record.  Attorney Spring is committed to providing his clients with accessible advice and a forceful defense.  Call him at Spring & Spring today.