Quincy Criminal Defense Attorney
What kinds of cases are handled in the District Court?
Both courts hear criminal cases. The District Court handles cases concerning offenses with a sentence of no more than 2 ½ years in jail for each charge such as simple drug possession, shoplifting and petit theft. Criminal defense of these charges can be a complex matter. It is vital to avoid getting a conviction on your criminal record because of the negative impact it will have on your future.
What cases are heard in Superior Court?
The Superior Court hears cases concerning crimes with longer sentences such as armed robbery and other theft crimes, murder, child pornography, and serious drug crimes. Anyone facing such serious charges should be represented by a Quincy criminal defense attorney who is committed to protecting a client's rights and future.
What does it mean to "remain silent"?
This means you identify yourself when asked to do so, but you do not make any explanations or discuss any facts. You simply state that you wish to speak with an attorney. The police are good at getting you to talk, by asking "innocent questions" such as "Where were you coming from?" or "Isn't it a nice night?" Once you start talking it can be hard to stop. By saying anything about the incident or your actions, you can reduce the number of options available for your defense. Just wait until you have the advice of your attorney.
What is a "Show Cause Hearing"?
This is also called a Clerk's Hearing. It may be held before or after an arraignment. The prosecution must show there is sufficient evidence to proceed with the prosecution of a case. With the help of an aggressive and skilled criminal defense lawyer, a number of cases are thrown out at this point and no further legal action is taken. So it is vital that you are represented by qualified legal counsel in this hearing.
If I am charged with DUI / OUI how can I defend myself?
The only hope you have in avoiding the very severe penalties of a DUI / OUI is to hire a defense lawyer who thoroughly understands police procedure and can analyze your case and the evidence against you to identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case. Attorney Novick is not only a former police officer, but also a former police prosecutor and brings a unique perspective to criminal defense. The Law Office of Stephen T. Novick defends clients throughout Boston, Dorchester and Quincy.
If you have questions concerning your case, contact a Quincy criminal defense lawyer for answers.