Doherty Law Offices has a significant criminal law practice. Our office has powerful resources available to help our clients defend against any criminal allegations in state or federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida. This allows us to provide you with the best criminal defense, no matter what charges you are facing. Doherty Law Offices provides legal services to clients who have been accused or charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes. Since 1989 our criminal defense attorney, Philip J. Doherty, has focused his practice on providing high-quality criminal litigation services to residents of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Criminal defense attorney Philip J. Doherty  is 100% committed to defending and advocating on behalf of people who have been charged with a criminal offense. Atty. Doherty has over 32 years experience handling all different types of criminal cases, offering representation to clients from the initial stages of a criminal investigation to trial.  If you have been contacted by the police or are accused of a crime you need to exercise your right to remain silent and contact Attorney Philip J. Doherty immediately.  He has handled a multitude of criminal cases in state and federal courts in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Anyone who has been through the justice system, whether it was for a felony such as a drug related crime or a misdemeanor such as theft or drunk driving, will tell you that nothing is more important than having an experienced attorney by your side.

Contact us if you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense, such as:

  • Drunk driving — driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), operating under the influence (OUI), Breathalyzer refusal charges, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, vehicular manslaughter, and other alcohol-and drug-related motor vehicle offenses, as well as other traffic offenses.
  • Municipal offenses — drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, underage drinking, traffic citations, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and other municipal ordinance violations, all juvenile crimes.
  • Assault, battery and disorderly conduct — assault and battery, threats, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, affray, harassing telephone calls, obscene telephone calls, impersonating a police officer, providing false name or social security number, forging or misusing RMV documents.
  • Domestic violence — domestic assault and battery, kidnapping, harassment, stalking, trespassing, 209A restraining order violations and domestic abuse order violations.
  • Firearms charges and gun possession — dangerous weapons, assault weapons, concealed weapons, possession and use of a weapon, knife, mace, illegal sales, and unlawful discharge of a weapon.
  • Sex offenses — rape, aggravated rape, statutory rape, forcible rape of a child, indecent assault and battery, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, indecent exposure, lewd wanton and lascivious act, open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, and prostitution.
  • Theft and property crimes — auto theft, burglary, robbery, armed robbery, breaking and entering, credit card fraud, identity theft, employee theft, insurance fraud, mail fraud, public assistance fraud, receiving stolen property, larceny, shoplifting, trespassing, malicious destruction of property, vandalizing school property, vandalizing or entering a depository, trafficking in stolen property, arson, attempt to commit a crime, forgery and uttering.
  • White collar crimes — bribery, fraud, employee theft, insurance fraud, mail fraud, public assistance fraud, conspiracy, extortion, counterfeiting, embezzlement, larceny, money laundering, witness intimidation and racketeering.
  • Drug possession and drug trafficking — drug possession, drug distribution, drug manufacturing, drug cultivation, and drug trafficking in cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, heroin, ecstasy and other controlled substances and school zone drug violations.
  • Civil rights violations — intimidation, hate crimes involving race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. 

All Federal Charges -- Federal crime typically involves wire frauds, mail frauds, accounting frauds, insider trading, securities frauds, tax frauds, false claims, crimes that involve federal benefits, immigration law violations, substantial controlled substance violations, bank robberies or larcenies, firearm violations, child pornography, counterfeiting, or crimes committed on federal properties. Criminal cases may be filed in federal court when the alleged federal crime violated a federal law or took place on federal property. Government enforcement in these areas is currently very aggressive against both individuals and businesses.

It is vital to hire a federal defense attorney who has experience with complex laws involved in these areas. Criminal investigations may occur in situations that used to be considered civil or regulatory. Penalties could include fines and federal prison sentences.  Attorney Doherty has experience challenging federal criminal charges and will give you the best possible approach to staying out of the courtroom or mounting the most vigorous courtroom defense.

Atty. Philip Doherty  strives to be different from other criminal defense attorneys. His top priority is being there for you when you need him. Atty. Doherty is ready to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are accused of a crime and the police are investigating you, time is of the essence. Every moment counts. He has a very high success rate when it comes to preventing criminal accusations from turning into formal charges and shutting down criminal investigations. He aggressively defends all criminal offenses through motion practice and trial. If you’ve been accused of any crime in either Massachusetts or New Hampshire in any state or federal court, Atty. Philip  Doherty will defend you zealously. We stress active and aggressive involvement in every criminal  case from discovery through trial and post-trial proceedings if necessary.  

Atty. Philip Doherty also has a strong belief that juvenile offenders deserve a second chance. If your child has been accused of a juvenile crime, we will do everything possible to get their life back to normal. Having a good criminal attorney representing your child will make all the difference in the world. Atty. Philip Doherty has extensive experience helping children in need of a criminal defense attorney. No matter what juvenile crime your child has been accused of, make sure to speak to Atty. Philip Doherty before talking to law enforcement and don’t ever go to court without an attorney.

You can contact Atty. Philip J. Doherty  24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (978) 687-7700 for a free & confidential consultation.


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