Criminal Defense Law

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Taunton MA | Serving Bristol and Plymouth Counties in MA

Why do I need a lawyer?

If charged with breaking the law, or if you are suspected of having some involvement with a crime or some sort of criminal activity, any of your interactions at the police station or the courthouse may have unforeseen consequences. Every action you take, word you speak, or decision you make may impact the case or trial, and potentially your life and future. However, under the law, you are innocent until proven guilty, and you have rights, privileges, and civil liberties granted under state and federal law to protect you. A defense attorney with the experience and knowledge of the law can ensure your rights are protected and can help you navigate the legal system to uphold justice: explain legal procedures and expectations to you; describe your options; clarify possible outcomes for you; and guide your decision-making throughout your case. I as my client, I will take the time to get to know you, understand the situation, consider your circumstances, empower you to make the best decisions for your specific case, and successfully guide you through this process. My clients know that they can always call me with any questions or concerns they may have throughout the process. This constant communication and understanding helps me be a better lawyer and get you a better result than a practice who treats you as nothing but a number.

I made a mistake and didn’t intend to break the law, what do I do now?

After nearly 10 years practicing law, it is clear that most cases are usually more complicated than they may appear, and rarely present as an open-and-shut conviction. As your Attorney, my job is to understand, interpret, and present your story as it needs to be appropriately explained to any authorities—a Detective, District Attorney, Clerk, Judge, Jury, Probation Officer, or any other officials involved in the process. The judicial system works best when it doesn’t just focus on answering the question of what happened, but why it happened. For a speeding ticket, there may be a concerned parent trying to get home to their sick child; for a disorderly conduct charge, there may be an unmanaged mental illness or addiction that requires treatment. As your lawyer, when faced with a situation where evidence against you may be overwhelming, it is imperative that I make the correct officials understand the circumstances of your particular case, cutting through extraneous information and highlighting the right points. I can advocate for a more appropriate resolution to the case than just using “punishment” to fit the crime” by negotiating a more just sentence in the case of a plea bargain, or possibly open up alternate defenses, availability of social services, or other options that a client may be unaware of.

How do you decide whether to agree to a plea bargain or to go to trial and fight a charge in court?

No client is the same. What works best for one client may not be a good plan for another person in a similar set of circumstances. For instance, if you are interested in joining the military, being employed in certain types of public service, ever obtaining any federal security clearances, or perhaps you are not a U.S. citizen, what seems like a slap on the wrist could become an obstacle that affects your career plans and has consequences that last a lifetime. There are state court decisions which may be viewed differently at the federal level. For example, if you are weighing the risks of fighting a criminal charge in court to get the charges dismissed (against an opportunity to plea out to a lesser charge for some reason) you should know that even certain types of “dismissals” (when someone is NOT convicted in state court), can hinder future plans for certain people such as federal employees, teachers or caregivers. On the other hand, you should know what the costs, consequences, fees, and parole requirements are before considering any type of plea bargain agreement, and fully understand what is the best decision for your circumstances. By taking the time to sit down and get to know–not just what happened, but who you are, what future plans you may have, and what you want to come out of this process, I can better help you make the decisions that work best for you.

Eric P. DiMarzio

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As a criminal defense attorney in Taunton, MA, serving Bristol, Plymouth, and Worcester Counties, I am here to guide you through every step of the process in Superior Court or District Court. Contact me for a free consultation and let me show you what passionate, personalized, legal service can do for you.

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