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Boston Criminal Lawyers For Murder And Manslaughter Charges

A murder charge is the most serious charge an individual can face in Massachusetts. If you are found guilty of murder, you face life in prison – and may not be eligible for parole. The defense attorney who represents you may be the single most important factor in the outcome of your case. You need to hire a lawyer with the right skill, experience and personal commitment to your acquittal.

Manslaughter is another very serious charge that can be brought in a wide variety of circumstances. It can be the result of an automobile accident, a fight, the use of excessive force in self-defense or an act of negligence when caring for a child, to name just a few. The penalty can be up to 20 years in prison, with devastating consequences to one’s life after the release from prison.

Carney, Gaudet & Carney has had great success in representing persons charged with murder. Several of attorney Carney’s clients have been released on bail after a murder indictment has been brought, including a case in 2015, and he persuaded a district attorney to withdraw a murder charge in 2014. Jay also has obtained acquittals in manslaughter cases and sentences as low as six months in a county facility. He won’t back down until he has achieved the very best result for his client.

Working as a team, our lawyers will fight your charges and advocate for your rights. Our goal when defending any client is to secure a “not-guilty” verdict. If that is not a possibility, then we focus on getting the charges reduced to manslaughter so that the resulting consequences are far less severe.

Your Criminal Defense Attorney Should Believe In You

There are many lawyers who will be willing to represent you, but who do not believe your account of what happened. We are different. We learned long ago that anything is possible. When you tell us you acted in self-defense, or that it was an accident, or that any number of things happened, we will believe you. Our goal is to make everyone else believe you too.

Making Sure You Are Seen As A Person

It’s easy for prosecutors to pursue the maximum charges and the highest penalties when they think of the defendant as a case file. It’s harder when they are compelled to consider the person behind the charges. The same is true for a judge and for a jury.

At Carney, Gaudet & Carney, we make sure every client is put in the very best light. Whether negotiating a plea bargain, arguing your defense before a jury, or advocating for the fairest sentence, you will be seen as a real person, not just “the defendant.” We call it “humanizing the client” and have found it to be an essential component of every successful defense strategy.

Get Legal Help Now

Murder and manslaughter charges must be dealt with quickly, especially if the case is still under investigation. The longer you wait to get legal help, the greater will be the prosecution’s head start. If you or a loved one has been charged with murder or manslaughter, contact our firm. Call 617-404-9683 today. Based in Boston, we provide criminal defense services throughout the entire state.

Case Result

First Degree Murder
Verdict: Not Guilty

Our client was charged with first-degree murder in Middlesex County after stabbing a woman to death at a library. Both defense and Commonwealth experts evaluated our client for mental illness and found that he was insane at the time he committed the offense. After a bench trial, the judge found our client not guilty because of his severe mental illness.