Specializing in Criminal Law
Protecting the Rights of the Accused
Attorney Michael T. Dwyer defends and represents clients in a full range of felony and misdemeanor crimes, Attorney Dwyer can offer proven trial representation to clients charged with, or under investigation for, the following criminal offenses including:
DUI / Drunk Driving
I have been successfully handling drunk driving (DUI/OUI/DWI) cases for eighteen years. There are three elements of a DUI or OUI charge that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt: (1) operation of a motor vehicle; (2) intoxication; and (3) public way. An experienced criminal defense attorney may file a motion to dismiss, or a motion to suppress evidence, to ensure that the DUI case never gets to a trial. If you must take the case to trial in order to evade punishment, however, I have successfully tried hundreds of DUI or OUI cases. Attorney Dwyer provides top-quality representation for his clients.
Conviction for a violent crime can involve a prison sentence, fines, and a permanent criminal record. Attorney Yannetti possesses the investigative resources needed to challenge the integrity of the evidence collected and the thoroughness of an investigation. Attorney Dwyer will prepare the most solid defense possible for every client.
There are many degrees of seriousness for drug charges. Possession of a small amount of marijuana can sometimes be resolved without a client sentenced to serve a term of imprisonment. However, possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, or perception of prescription drug fraud are more serious crimes and are prosecuted more aggressively. Drug distribution can result in prison time with mandatory minimum sentences. Mandatory minimum sentences mean that the judge has no discretion in sentencing. In drug trafficking cases, the accused could be facing mandatory minimum sentences of several years. Attorney Dwyer provides top-notch trial representation for clients who have been charged with a drug crime in Massachusetts.
While a misdemeanor conviction typically subjects a person to less jail time than felony convictions, it can still have a devastating effect on your future. A misdemeanor conviction gives you a criminal record, which can affect your reputation in the community, since any district court case is a public record and might be printed in your hometown newspaper or on the Internet. Attorney Dwyer has helped hundreds of clients facing misdemeanor charges avoid a criminal record.
Motor Vehicle Offenses
Many vehicular crimes can carry jail or house of correction sentences while also resulting in a suspension of your Massachusetts driver's license. Attorney Dwyer has successfully handled countless motor vehicle matters and has appeared on behalf of clients both in court and at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. On occasion, an attorney can prevent charges from issuing in the first place by successfully representing a client at a "show cause" or "clerk magistrate's hearing." Any individual facing motor vehicle offenses should hire an attorney at the earliest juncture possible.
There are many different types of theft crimes, e.g., larceny, armed robbery, conversion, embezzlement, receiving stolen property and shoplifting. Any theft conviction can have a negative impact on your future, especially if handled incorrectly by an inexperienced lawyer. Attorney Dwyer has handled hundreds of theft cases and has successfully helped many clients avoid a criminal record.
Murder / Homicide
Attorney Dwyer is well versed in how the police put a murder case together. As a former prosecutor, he has been called to murder scenes in the middle of the night and has personally witnessed how the police preserve evidence, how murder investigations unfold, and what techniques the police use. That experience has been invaluable as Attorney Dwyer now represents clients on trial for their lives. Very few attorneys have tried eleven murder cases, as Attorney Dwyer has, and very few have succeeded in the face of overwhelming pressure. Attorney Dwyer is, in short, battle-tested and ready to provide unparalled representation to those charged with the most serious crime of all.
White-Collar and Federal Crimes Defense
White-collar crimes are often known as "paper" cases because state and federal prosecutors often use overwhelming documentation to back up their charges. A criminal defense attorney must file crucial discovery motions to put his client in the best possible position to defeat white-collar charges such as fraud or embezzlement. In Federal cases, recent case law has changed the sentencing guidelines from mandatory to advisory and an experienced defense attorney working on your behalf now has more power to successfully resolve a case by appealing directly to a judge.
A Clerk Magistrate's Hearing is a terrific opportunity for a client to end a criminal case before it begins. The stakes in a clerk's hearing are high: Either a complaint will issue against you (and therefore, sully your criminal record), or it will not (and your record will, therefore, remain clean). Too many clients have waited to retain counsel until after they attend the clerk's hearings without counsel -- and those hearings go badly. If you have been summonsed for a clerk's hearing, you should not make the same mistake. You should hire an experienced and competent attorney who has handled dozens of clerk's hearings.
Attorney Dwyer has successfully handled appeals and other post-conviction matters in Massachusetts, including motions for new trial, motions to revise and revoke sentences, and motions to expunge criminal records. If you have been convicted, as an experienced lawyer, Attorney Dwyer can use many different methods to attempt to reverse your conviction. When hiring an attorney to appeal your conviction, you should make sure that the attorney has had extensive appellate experience. Ask if the attorney has argued orally before the Supreme Judicial Court - and ask him or her whether you can view a video of the oral argument in which he or she participated. Feel free to call Attorney Dwyer to discuss your rights and options for appeal.