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Nationally Recognized Criminal Defense Attorneys Are Here To Answer Your Questions

Carney, Gaudet & Carney is known throughout the country for excellent criminal defense representation. From our office In Boston, we will explain your options and help protect your freedom and your future.

You can schedule a consultation with an attorney by calling 617-404-9683 or completing an online contact form. In the meantime, please read the answers to some frequently asked questions.

What areas of law do you practice?

Our firm strictly practices criminal defense. We represent individuals accused of all crimes, though many of our clients are charged with sex related offenses. We also assist on aspects of civil matters that are related to the criminal prosecution at hand.

Where in Massachusetts do you practice?

Most of our cases arise in Eastern Massachusetts where we primarily practice. However, we care about all Massachusetts residents and take cases from all over the state.

Where is your office located?

We are located at 20 Park Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. When visiting us at the office, please first check in with the front desk. They will provide you with a visitor pass to access the rest of the building. We are located on the 14th floor, in suite 1405. There are multiple parking garages available around us. We look forward to meeting with you!

Is Jay going to be the attorney on my case?

Jay is the lead counsel on most of the cases in the firm. Jay assigns an experienced partner or associate attorney from Carney, Gaudet & Carney to be his co-counsel on a case. The partner or associate attorney handles many of the day-to-day matters under the direct supervision of Jay. Our firm prides itself on being a team and working together.

An exception is when another attorney in the firm has been specifically appointed by a judge to represent an indigent defendant who cannot afford to retain or hire a lawyer. Jay is always available to consult on the case with his colleague.

Why choose Carney, Gaudet & Carney?

Our attorneys work together as a team, investigating legal matters to the fullest extent. We listen to your goals to dictate a defense strategy based on what you find most important. We strive to empower you with the knowledge to make the best decisions.

We advocate for clients facing all types of criminal charges, with an emphasis on sex crimes, including rape, indecent assault and battery, with child or adult victims, or a mentally disabled individual, with recent reporting or long-delayed reporting of the incident, public or private school, college campus, one-night encounter or longtime boyfriend or acquaintance, step-father or uncle, and police officer or teacher being the alleged perpetrator. Jay has handled these cases for 45 years, with an impressive victory total for clients.

We also handle all other cases alleging fraud, drug crimes, violent crimes, serious OUI charges, and more. Our legal team is skilled at staying one step ahead during federal and state criminal investigations. We help clients either clear their name or secure lesser, more appropriate charges. We also counsel parents and students for college or private school disciplinary hearings. Our attorneys will follow through to fully protect your rights throughout the justice system process, including in criminal appeals.

What can I do to help during my representation?

The first and most important thing you can do is not discuss your case with anyone besides legal counsel. If you are asked about your case by a friend, politely let them know that you promised your attorney to not discuss the matter with anyone but legal counsel. Also, maintain your records and any other evidence you may have in your case.

What are your business hours?

We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Feel free to contact us call or email us after hours. Never hesitate to reach out and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Do you do free consultations?

Our attorneys contact every potential new client within 24 hours of getting an inquiry. We discuss the basic facts of the potential new client’s case to determine if it is the type of case we handle or not. This conversation is free of charge. While we cannot provide you with free legal advice, we strive to assist every potential new client however we can.

Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you know more about our firm, you may still have questions about criminal defense cases. Every case is unique, and we are happy to evaluate your case and answer your questions. In the meantime, please see some answers to frequently asked questions below.

Can I lose my professional license if I am convicted of a crime?

Whether or not you lose your license depends on the circumstances of your case. In Massachusetts, the crime you are convicted of does not need to be directly related to your profession. If you are convicted of a felony, it is likely that you will be disciplined by the licensing board.

What are the possible defenses against a sex offense charge?

There are a few defenses to sex offenses we can evaluate depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. There are technical defenses, which seek to prove that the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence to prove every element of the case or if the case was filed outside of the statute of limitations. If those defenses do not apply, we can seek to challenge the credibility of the victim or witness and challenge forensic evidence with expert witnesses.

How do I defend against a restraining order?

To fight a restraining order, you must present evidence to the court that the order is unwarranted. We will discuss your circumstances and help present a defense against the restraining order.


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Please call us if you have questions or if you require legal representation at 617-404-9683.