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J. W. Carney Jr. is one of the most successful criminal defense attorneys in Massachusetts, if not the country. He and the legal team at our firm accomplish results for clients facing all types of criminal charges. View just some of our case results below and email us if you need help today.

Not Guilty Verdict –

First-Degree Murder Charges In The High-Profile Case For Jeffrey Yao

J.W. Carney, Jr. secured a not-guilty verdict for Jeffrey Yao after he was charged with first-degree murder. As a result of the experts’ evaluations, the state has agreed with the defense to limit the testimony at the trial. The judge found Jeffrey not guilty because of his severe mental illness. Learn more about this case.

Result: Client found not guilty on first-degree murder charge.

Not Guilty Verdict –

Four Counts Of Indecent Assault And Battery

A jury found our client, a prominent doctor, not guilty on all four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. The jury was out less than 30 minutes before completely exonerating our client of all charges.

Result: Doctor is found not guilty on all charges.

Not Guilty Verdict –

Assault And Battery On A Police Officer And Unlicensed Operation Of A Vehicle

At a jury trial for a charge of assault and battery on a police officer and unlicensed operation, Attorney Nat Carney secured a not-guilty verdict on both charges. The jury was only deliberating for 18 minutes. He had also litigated a motion to dismiss on a resisting arrest charge that the government chose to nolle prose after his outstanding arguments. The client was thrilled to walk away a completely innocent man.

Result: Client found not guilty on all charges.

Not Guilty Verdict –

Rape 

A doctor was accused of four counts of rape in Suffolk Superior Court. He retained J. W. Carney, Jr. who brought the case to trial. After a week, the jury found the client not guilty on one count and hung on the other three. The victim testified and was subjected to a rigorous cross by Attorney Carney. The Commonwealth decided not to re-try the case.

Result: Doctor cleared of wrongdoing in rape case.

Not Guilty Verdict –

Larceny Over $250

A certified public accountant faced charges of larceny in Dedham District Court. Client retained J. W. Carney, Jr. to represent him. Attorney Carney brought the case to trial and the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty after only 12 minutes. Client avoided a criminal conviction and was able to continue being a comptroller for a well-known company.

Result: Client keeps financial career clear of criminal conviction.

Not Guilty Verdict –

First-Degree Murder

Client, a 16 year-old high school student was indicted in Suffolk Superior Court for first-degree murder in the death of an individual outside of a convenience store. The killing was recorded on the convenience store’s surveillance cameras, and Client was seen stabbing the deceased approximately 18 times. Attorney Carney took the case to trial and used video specialists to slow down the footage of the killing and also employed an expert in adolescent brain development to opine that Client reacted reasonably when he believed that his father was losing a fight to a bigger, younger, man. Attorney Carney successfully persuaded the judge to give a jury instruction on “defense of another” over the prosecutor’s objection. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and Client walked out of the courthouse a free man.

Result: Not Guilty verdict after trial.

Charges Dismissed –

Dissemination Of Obscene Material

Our client is an entrepreneur who owns his own business. He was charged with dissemination of obscene material for uploading two videos of his former romantic partner to an amateur adult website without the partner’s consent several years ago. The videos showed the two of them having sex and oral sex. Several other adult websites published these videos across the internet. This charge can lead to a sentence of up to five years in state prison, or up to 2.5 years in the house of correction. Attorney Nat Carney prepared a motion to dismiss the charge against our client on First Amendment grounds and argued that the video was not obscene as a matter of law. It was opposed by the Commonwealth. The judge wrote a decision allowing Attorney Carney’s motion to dismiss.

Result: Client’s charges are dismissed prior to trial.

Charges Dismissed –

Photographing An Unsuspecting Nude Person

Client was a banker charged with upskirting young women. Client retained J. W. Carney, Jr. to represent him and Attorney Carney prepared and presented a detailed letter to the District Attorney’s office and the Court about the client. After that submission, the Court accepted Attorney Carney’s argument that the Client be placed on probation for two years, and in 2020 the charges will be dismissed.

Result: Client avoids criminal conviction and jail time.

Charges Dismissed –

Distribution Of A Class B Substance (Cocaine)

Client, a 54 year-old from the Dominican Republic was charged in Brockton Superior Court with distribution of a Class B substance (cocaine) in 1992. He was deported before the case was resolved. Client attempted to visit his family in the United States but was prevented from doing so due to his open court case. Client hired J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates to represent him. The firm reached out to the prosecution about the case, and they agreed to file a nolle prosequi, meaning that the Commonwealth moved to dismiss the case because the charge could not be proved.

Result: Nolle Prosequi.

Charges Dismissed –

Assault And Battery On A Police Officer

Client, a 78 year-old retired professional, originally from Syria, was charged in Stoughton District Court with assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct. Client retained J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates to represent him. Attorney Carney secured a dismissal of all charges prior to Client being formally arraigned. This result ensured that Client has no criminal record.

Result: Charges dismissed prior to arraignment.

Charge Dismissed –

Rape 

Client, a 47-year-old professional was indicted in Essex Superior Court on four counts of rape, strangulation, assault and battery on a household member, intimidation of a witness, and larceny over $250. Client retained J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates to represent him. Attorney Carney prepared the case for trial. On the morning of jury selection, Attorney Carney negotiated a plea that resulted in the dismissal of the rape charges and a sentence of 3 years’ probation on the remaining charges.

Result: client avoids rape charges and gets probation on lesser charges.

Charges Dismissed –

First-Degree Murder

Client was indicted in Suffolk Superior Court for First-Degree Murder. Attorney Carney tried the case before a jury. The Court declared a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

Result: Court declared a mistrial and charges were dismissed.

Charges Dismissed –

Dissemination of Obscene Material

Our client is an entrepreneur who owns his own business. He was charged with dissemination of obscene material for uploading two videos of his former romantic partner to an amateur adult website without the partner’s consent several years ago. The videos showed the two of them having sex and oral sex. Several other adult websites published these videos across the internet. This charge can lead to a sentence of up to five years in state prison, or up to 2.5 years in the house of correction. We filed a motion to dismiss on First Amendment grounds and argued that the video was not obscene as a matter of law. Jay argued the motion, which was opposed by the Commonwealth. The Court granted our motion to dismiss.

Result: Our client’s charges are dismissed.

Plea Offer –

Possession Of A Class B Substance (Cocaine)

Client, a graduate student in a prominent PhD program, was charged in Malden District Court with possession of cocaine. Client retained J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates to represent him. Attorney Gaudet presented a detailed letter to the District Attorney’s office about Client, and negotiated an agreement to place Client on pretrial probation for one year. As a result, Client avoided a criminal conviction, and was able to maintain his student financial aid.

Result: Client remains on track to receive advanced degree and avoids criminal conviction.

Plea Offer –

First Degree Murder

Client, a 31-year-old from Boston was indicted in Suffolk Superior Court on two counts of First-Degree Murder stemming from a 2003 drive-by shooting. Client was apprehended by federal and local law enforcement after being a fugitive for nearly ten years. He retained J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates to represent him. The firm prepared the case for trial. On the morning of jury selection, Attorney Carney negotiated a guilty plea that allowed the Client to plead guilty to accessory after the fact to murder and to serve a sentence of four to five years in state prison. This allowed the Client to avoid the risk of two life sentences if convicted of murder at trial.

Result: Client avoids risky murder trial and gets 5 years for accessory after the fact.

Plea Offer –

Conspiracy To Commit Visa Fraud, Encouraging And Inducing Illegal Immigration

Client, a 42 year-old business-woman was charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit visa fraud and encouraging and inducing illegal immigration for the purpose of financial gain. Client pled guilty and the prosecution asked the judge to impose a sentence of 18 months’ incarceration as well as $174,000 forfeiture. Attorney Carney successfully persuaded the court to impose a sentence of three years’ probation with 12 months of home confinement. Attorney Carney also persuaded the court to lower the forfeiture amount to $37,000.

Result: 3 years’ probation with 12 months’ home confinement. Client saves $137,000 on forfeiture.

Plea Offer –

Armed Robbery, Mayhem

Client, a 21 year-old out of-state-college student, was arrested for armed robbery, mayhem, aggravated assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, all felonies. The police alleged that Client accosted a stranger on the street, stole his cellular phone at knife-point and bit a piece of his face off. Client was indicted by a grand jury in the Superior Court. The charges carried a maximum sentence of up to life in state prison. Client retained J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates to represent him. Attorney Carney learned that Client suffered from mental health and substance abuse issues. Attorney Carney helped Client get the treatment that he needed and get his life back on track. Approximately one year after Client’s arrest, just before trial was set to begin, Attorney Carney convinced the prosecutor to make a joint recommendation that the client be placed on probation with continued treatment.

Result: Client avoids prison and gets three years’ probation with continued mental health and alcohol treatment.

Plea Offer –

Conspiracy To Defraud The United States, Entering An Airport With Intent To Commit A Felony

Client was charged in a 16-count indictment in federal court on charges that he agreed to transport money and drugs through airport security on behalf of a criminal organization. One of the charges would have resulted in Client’s deportation and Client being separated from his wife and children. Attorney Carney tried the case to a jury on a theory of entrapment – meaning that the government induced Client to commit the criminal acts, which he otherwise would not have committed. The jury was deadlocked, which resulted in a mistrial. Attorney Carney then successfully negotiated a plea where the defendant would plead guilty to 3 counts of the 16-count indictment, thereby avoiding a retrial and the risk of deportation.

Result: Client pleads guilty after mistrial, serves two years and avoids deportation.