Giving Clients A Second Chance
Criminal convictions can have serious and sometimes unexpected consequences that last long after you’ve served your sentence. Among the most common are registration with the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) and, for non-citizens, deportation. Sometimes deceptively referred to as “collateral” consequences, they are not always going to be at the top of your mind while you’re under the stress of dealing with your criminal case. It’s possible your attorney might not have even talked to you about them.
Whether it’s advocating for a client in SORB proceedings or litigating a complex post-conviction motion to avoid deportation, I understand that there’s nothing “collateral” about the effects of these consequences for you and your family. That is why for over a decade clients have come to me for help when they need to avoid or mitigate the ongoing effects of their criminal convictions.
Advocating For Clients
Throughout Massachusetts From My Office In Quincy
Compassionate and Knowledgeable Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) Representation
Practice before the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) is unique, and the best results often come about by taking a different approach than the one you might be used to. While it makes sense to hire a defense attorney who will aggressively fight for you in court to defend against criminal charges, what happens when the question isn’t as simple as winning versus losing?
Taking a black and white approach usually doesn’t work within a system where classification levels exist on a spectrum of low to high risk, and the question SORB will be deciding is where on that spectrum they think you fall. No two clients are exactly alike, but I approach every case guided by the same basic principles: contextualize, support, and explain, so that my clients won’t be judged based entirely on something that happened many years ago.
Creative Thinking and Skilled Litigation of Post-Conviction Motions
Unlike direct appeals in the Appeals Court that are usually limited by the record at trial, litigating post-conviction motions in the trial courts allows for the flexibility to engage in the type of creative, out of the box thinking that has allowed me to help dozens of clients escape deportation or other immigration consequences, avoid sex offender registration, or secure early release from prison.