REDUCE A CHARGE FROM A CRIMINAL TO CIVIL OFFENSE

REDUCE A CHARGE FROM A CRIMINAL TO CIVIL OFFENSE

In Massachusetts there are different ways a person may break the law. These include, civil infractions, violations of a municipal or town ordinance, misdemeanor offenses, and felonies.

Sometimes a court may treat a misdemeanor offense or a violation of a municipal ordinance as a civil infraction. This is called civil conversion. There are several benefits from this happening:

  • No criminal conviction on your record
  • No jail time
  • No impact on second or subsequent offenses
  • No impact on parole revocation or probation surrender

Am I Eligible?

The best way to learn if you are eligible for civil conversion is to consult a criminal defense attorney with the experience and knowledge to convert your case.

Contact the Medford, Massachusetts law office of Attorney William Barabino by calling 781-393-5900 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

Understand the Law

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 277, Section 70C details how a person may obtain a civil conversion of their case. This statute also lists the offenses that are ineligible for this type of disposition, which include Operating Under the Influence and many crimes against the person.

Although a district attorney must agree to a civil conversion when a defense attorney requests one, civil conversion is one of many dispositions available to a person accused of breaking the law.

Hire A Lawyer Who is Experienced and Reliable

When criminal charges are involved, the outcome could be life changing. It is important to select a lawyer with a wide range of knowledge who will give you sound and honest legal advice.

Contact criminal defense attorney William Barabino by calling his Medford, Massachusetts law office at 781-393-5900. You may also complete his online contact form.

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