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Resolving a Massachusetts criminal charge in district court

This page features some commonly asked questions about how a criminal case in district court can be resolved in Massachusetts District Courts. While there are hundreds of District Courts throughout the Commonwealth, the terminology and method of resolving the case is the same regardless of County.

Resolving a criminal charge should never be done without careful consideration of the following:

  1. What are the defenses to the charge at trial
  2. What are the consequences to the individual's driver's license, professional status, immigration status and employment.
  3. What is the likely penalty after trial, in some cases such as a first offense OUI, there is very little down side to a conviction after trial as the disposition before and after trial has many of the same consequences.

If after reading this web page, you still have questions regarding the meaning of court terminology and the implications of accepting a certain disposition in a criminal charge out of Boston, you can feel free to call Attorney DelSignore at 781-686-5924.

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