Criminal Defense

South Shore, Massachusetts, Criminal Defense Lawyer

It is important to remember that being charged with a criminal offense doesn't make you a criminal. At The Law Offices Burke, Espinola, & van Colen, in Fall River, Massachusetts, I am a great believer that you are innocent unless the state or municipal government proves otherwise, beyond reasonable doubt.

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Whether you have been charged with OWI or a serious violent felony, I urge you to consider the importance of hiring a defense attorney with valuable trial skills. As a former Assistant District Attorney, I was in court hundreds of times, where I learned that a defense attorney has the best chance of getting a favorable outcome when experience, education, knowledge and vigorous representation are evident. Strong litigation skills can be a very effective negotiating tool for a defense attorney. I use all of my experience to fight to have your charges dropped and to keep you out of jail.

I handle all Massachusetts misdemeanor and felony charges such as:

  • OUI and drunk driving charges
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault and homicide
  • Theft, burglary and robbery
  • Drug charges
  • Sex crimes, solicitation and prostitution
  • Fraud, identity theft and check forgery

Dual Diagnosis: Mental health and Substance Abuse Issues

Many violent charges are intertwined with either mental health or substance abuse issues. If that is the case, a relatively straightforward criminal defense case can become much more complicated. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges and either of these issues is involved in the case, it is wise to secure counsel with experience handling the specific difficulties that these kinds of cases present. I am experienced and proficient in dealing with the difficulties of criminal charges when mental health and/or substance abuse issues are present.

Learn more about your rights at my Criminal Defense FAQ Page.

After you have been charged, or think you may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, it is important to start your defense right away. Who you hire to defend you may become the most important decision of your life. Contact my office for a free consultation.