Joseph B. Simons

Joseph B. Simons

Simons Law Office
  • Appeals & Appellate, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence...
  • Massachusetts
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Summary

Successfully defending people against criminal charges in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flat Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Criminal Defense Attorney
Simons Law Office
- Current
Defending the rights and freedom of people facing criminal charges in Massachusetts.
Education
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (2011) | Criminal Defense
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Honors: Dean's List
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Awards
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.
Professional Associations
MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
Criminal Defense Attorney - Member
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Activities: MACDL's mission is to preserve the adversary system of justice; to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime. MACDL will be an advocate for the advocate.
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Publications
Speaking Engagements
From Solo to Managing a Small Firm, Transitions: From Law School to Lawyer & From Solo to Managing a Small Firm, Boston, MA
Massachusetts Bar Association
Panelists will discuss how they have succeeded in growing their firms by developing a growth plan, using a coach and utilizing referral networks. As an attorney in a solo or a small firm, you will receive tips on how to grow your practice by expanding and nurturing your attorney referral network, the changes to expect as you grow, and how to plan and respond appropriately.
Certifications
Clients' Choice Award
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Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
9 Questions Answered

Q. Brother being charged with 2 counts of murder and something else. Self defense. Low income family. Need help
A: You have at least a couple options. Your brother can ask the judge to assign him another court appointed lawyer, or you can call around and try to find a private defense attorney who would be willing to take the case either pro bono or at a reduced fee. I have certainly agreed to that when possible. Good luck to you and your family.
Q. Is assault w a dangerous weapon if you break a bowl when someone is in another room with the door closed
A: It doesn’t sounds like an assault with a dangerous weapon. There are two versions of assault in Massachusetts: In order to establish the first form of assault — an attempted battery — the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to commit a battery — that is, a harmful or an unpermitted touching — upon [alleged victim] , took some overt step toward accomplishing that intent, and came reasonably close to doing so. In order to prove the second form of assault — an imminently threatened battery — the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to put [alleged victim] in fear of an imminent battery, and engaged in some conduct toward [alleged victim] which [alleged victim] reasonably perceived as imminently threatening a battery.
Q. Hello and thank you! Can you explain what happens when a case is moved from district court to the superior court?
A: The short answer is that the case starts over again in Superior Court. Many of the procedures are the same, but not all. And the stakes are much higher. Hopefully your daughter has an attorney experienced with Superior Court cases.
Q. Can an attorney represent me to clear a bench warrant?
A: It may be possible to avoid a trip to Massachusetts if you hire a criminal defense attorney here. No guarantee that the judge will agree to waive your appearance, but I have been able to do it successfully for several out-of-state clients.
Q. Can I show up to my boyfriend's arraignment to help get him off domestic A&B
A: The best thing you can do for him is to make sure he has an experienced criminal defense attorney. Unfortunately at this point, the prosecutor will not likely dismiss the case just because you ask them. Domestic violence allegations are often pressed hard by the prosecution. I have had many domestic A&B cases get dismissed, but only after a lot of advocacy.
Q. I was arrested for uttering false prescriptions and fraudulently obtaining drugs (adderall).
A: With any type of search, a good criminal defense attorney will scrutinize the police’s actions leading up to the search. The remedy may be to file a motion to suppress evidence. If successful, the case would likely be dismissed. Was there a search warrant, or was it a warrantless search? Either way, there are certain laws and procedures that the police must comply with. As to the second part of your question, you might want to seek out the advice of a civil rights attorney to determine the viability of a lawsuit - but only after you are exonerated. If you don’t already have one, you should retain an attorney who focuses on criminal defense in Massachusetts.
Q. Left scene of auto damage but spoke with police within the hour. What can I expect?
A: Based on your description, I'm guessing you'll get a notice to appear for a clerk magistrate hearing. Keep an eye out for your mail, as these notices come in an envelope from the court. For your information, these are the elements of Leaving the Scene: 1. You operated a motor vehicle 2. On a public road, or in a place where the public has access 3. You caused damage to another vehicle or other property 4. You knew that you caused the damage 5. You failed to stop and give your information (i.e., name, address, insurance)
Q. My partner of 15 years and father of my two kids was recently arrested for aggravated assault.
A: With domestic allegations, the police almost always make an arrest. And even with your protest to the police or the District Attorney's office, the case is going to be pushed forward. Unfortunately, any discretion that the prosecution used to have in domestic violence cases seems to have eroded over the years. However, there is something you can do to help: get him a criminal defense attorney. I have had many similar situations and with a lot of effort, many dismissals. But it may be several months and with the help of the right attorney before the end of this case.
Q. Code. 94c/33/c notice received. If stopped by police would you be arrested or fingerprinted.
A: If you received a summons in the mail, it means you have to go into court on a specific day regarding the allegations against you. Unfortunately the police get the wrong person sometimes, which is why we have defense attorneys and jury trials. You may want to go into the courthouse ahead of time and see if you can get a copy of the criminal complaint and police report, and go over it with a criminal defense attorney (many offer free consultations). As long as you show up to court, the police won't come to your house and arrest you on this charge. If you miss the court date, a warrant will issue and then you could get arrested.
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1 International Place
Suite 1400
Boston, MA 02110
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Telephone: (781) 797-0555
Simons Law Office
North Shore Office
30 Church Street
Suite 202
Salem, MA 01970
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Telephone: (978) 741-7000