Frequently Asked Questions
Representation in Quincy, Massachusetts
Many people facing criminal accusations have the tendency to feel confused
and frustrated about their futures. In the event of an arrest, it is important
that you retain the legal representation of a dedicated
Quincy criminal defense lawyer. At my firm, I have years of experience in providing favorable outcomes
to those facing criminal charges. Read through some of the most commonly
asked questions regarding criminal defense below and if you still find
that you are seeking an answer, do not hesitate to contact Flanagan &
Associates today. We are available 24/7 to take your calls and provide
you with the information you require.
Will this go on my permanent record?
If you are found guilty of a crime, you may be facing harsh penalties.
If your crime was a
violent crime, a
OUI or a sex offense, there is a good chance that this will stay on your record
permanently. A permanent record will be available for all potential employers,
bank lenders and educators to see.
Will I have to go to jail?
After an arrest for a crime, there is a good probability that you will
be required to spend some time in jail. If you are able to post bail,
you can leave jail until your appointed court date. If you are found guilty
of a serious offense, however, you may be required to serve a portion
of your sentencing in a jail or prison. Always obtain a qualified criminal
lawyer to come to your defense. We can work to negotiate an amicable solution
and help keep you either out of jail entirely or at least help reduce
Do I have to speak with an arresting officer?
No! One of the most important things to remember during an arrest is that
you do not have to speak with an arresting officer. In fact, even if you
have begun to answer questions, you can stop at any time and request the
presence of an attorney. We strongly recommend that you remain silent
so as not to incriminate yourself before your lawyer is present to speak
on your behalf.
What are my rights?
If you are arrested, you should know your legal privileges. You have the
right to remain silent and not speak with an officer and you have the
right to an attorney. It is highly recommended that you exercise each
of these rights. They are known as Miranda Rights and it is required that
they be read to you during an arrest.
Should I enter a plea bargain?
When you have been arrested, it is important that you work with a criminal
lawyer who can help you determine the best course of legal action to take
to help ensure that you receive a positive verdict. In some cases, a plea
bargain may be entered into to help reduce sentencing or have the charges
dropped against you. Only an attorney can really help you determine what
the best course of action will be for your situation.
Do I have to consent to a search?
When you are arrested, some officers will try to get you to give verbal
permission to allow them to search your vehicle, home or property. You
do not have to consent to a search without a
warrant. It is important to practice your rights, remain silent and request the
presence of an attorney or ask the officers to return with a court-authorized
What do I do if I was not read my Miranda Rights?
If you are not read your Miranda Rights during an arrest, this does not
mean that your case will automatically be thrown out – but it can
give you a strong defense. If you were not read your rights, you need
to contact a legal representative right away who can help develop a case
for your charges.
If I am found guilty of drunk driving, will I lose my license?
Yes, in the state of Massachusetts, if you are found guilty of driving
under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will lose your license for
an extended period of time. Depending on the circumstances of the arrest
and if you are a first time offender or a repeat offender, you may lose
your license anywhere between one year and eight years with the requirement
of a hardship license to operate any motorized vehicle. To properly defend
yourself against this type of consequence, be sure to attain a knowledgeable
and practiced legal advocate to come to your defense.
Can I fight a restraining order?
Yes, if you have been issued a restraining order, you may be able to contest
it. With the assistance of an attorney, you can pursue the necessary steps
to contest the order. It is important that you contact Flanagan &
Associates right away to learn about the options available to you.
Does your office taken clients from my area?
Yes; we have multiple office locations throughout the greater eastern
Massachusetts area and can assist anyone with a legal issue in this area.
Some of these areas include
Working a Quincy Criminal Defense Attorney
Are you ready to move forward with your case? Do not hesitate to
contact Flanagan & Associates right away. At my firm, I will aggressively pursue the best possible outcome
for your situation and work to ensure that you reach a desired agreement
in a swift amount of time. Any further questions can be directed to me
by contacting my office today or filling out a
free case evaluation today.