Criminal Defense

If you are arrested on criminal charges, you need a skilled lawyer to fight for your rights and provide good counsel. We have years of experience handling all levels of cases from simple motor vehicle offenses and drunk driving to homicide, winning numerous acquittals for clients charged with first degree murder. We have represented people on embezzlement, white collar and environmental crimes, drug possession and distribution, and sexual assault charges. Our lawyers have conducted numerous jury trials at all levels of State Court as well as Federal Court. We will provide you and your family quality personal service and help you get through the process, no matter how serious the case.

Call us for a confidential consultation on the following areas:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Assault
  • Robbery
  • Homicide
  • Domestic Violence
  • Theft
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Drug Offenses
  • Sex Offenses
  • Probation Violations

If you are arrested for Operating Under the Influence, the consequences can be dire and far reaching. Aside from the mandatory loss of license, the average law abiding citizen can still face a jail sentence, large court fines, a steep rise in insurance premiums for years to come, and perhaps a court ordered stay at an inpatient treatment facility.

The arresting officer is sure to gather a wealth of information to potentially use against you. Aside from the breathalyzer and field sobriety tests, every action you take will be reported if it suggests you were unsafe to operate. Let Amabile & Burkly, P.C.’s 30 years experience handling these cases go to work to counter such testimony.

Our Operating Under the Influence case results include:

  • Finding of not guilty on a defendant with a 0.17 breathalyzer reading

All cases involving allegations of violence must be handled with care. Building a strong defense requires thorough investigation, a detailed understanding of the law and a relentless advocacy against the forces of the prosecution. Attorneys John Amabile and Paul Healey have each been involved in law enforcement and the legal profession for over 30 years. They have represented hundreds of individuals accused of a violent crime. Since 2001, attorney Amabile has tried many first degree murder cases resulting in verdicts of not guilty.

Other results obtained include:

  • Defense of a truck driver involved in a fatal accident, alleged to have driven with defective brakes. Found not guilty by a jury.
  • Defense of a student involved in a fatal accident alleged to have been driving at 30 mph over the speed limit. Found not guilty.

If you have been involved in a situation that resulted in a domestic violence charge, there can be many unforeseen and collateral consequences. Violating a restraining order, or even having a restraining order placed on you, may have far reaching impacts. It can affect your ability to obtain or retain professional licenses, affect your employment as well as impact a divorce or child custody dispute.

Talking to an experienced attorney from Amabile & Burkly, P.C. early on in the process is paramount so that you may be adequately protected, now and in the future.

A conviction for theft or fraud can result in incarceration, significant fines and a destroyed reputation. Whether it be robbery, shoplifting, embezzlement, armed robbery or one of the many types of fraud, you need a firm with extensive legal experience who understands how best to address and attack the weight of a state or federal prosecution. We have over 50 years combined experience in criminal defense work and have successfully defended many cases including an alleged theft of over $25 million.

We do not charge for an initial consultation, which, like all of our consultations, is strictly confidential.

In Massachusetts, if you are convicted of illegal possession of a firearm, the judge is required to impose a minimum 18 month mandatory incarceration with no chance of probation. Whether it be a sling shot, switchblade, or an illegal firearm, weapons charges require relentless advocacy and a finely tuned defense strategy.

Amabile & Burkly, P.C. has the know-how to protect your rights now and in the future. Call us for a confidential consultation.

A conviction for illegal drugs, whether it be possession, intent to distribute or trafficking, carries significant penalties including mandatory minimum incarceration sentences. For example, in Massachusetts the distribution of any drug within 300 feet of a school zone carries a minimum 2 1/2 years in jail.

In order to successfully defend against drug charges, you need lawyers with skill and familiarity of your Constitutional rights and experience with defending those rights in court.

Amabile & Burkly, P.C. has successfully represented clients in all types of drug offense cases and can help you protect your reputation and your rights. Call for a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Convictions for sex offenses are devastating to your personal and professional life. Whether it be lewd conduct, rape, statutory rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, prostitution, possession of child pornography, sexual harassment or any other sexual offenses, the consequences of a conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. A conviction often requires registering as a sex offender which makes your information available to the public and can make it extremely difficult to obtain and maintain employment.

If you have been charged with a sex offense or related charge, contact Amabile & Burkly, P.C. for a free, confidential consultation with one of our attorneys who are skilled in maneuvering the complexities of sex offense cases and who are prepared to aggressively defend your case.

Probation is a punishment in lieu of incarceration. Probation can be violated in various ways, including failure to pay a fine, failure to report to your probation officer, failure to appear in court, failure to complete community service or rehabilitation, and failure to abstain from committing crimes.

If you have violated your probation, you will be subject to a probation hearing to determine if you are in violation and what penalty will be imposed. Penalties can include community service, extension of your probation period and even incarceration. A skilled attorney from Amabile & Burkly, P.C. can help you by advocating for your rights. Call us for a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.