Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Laws in Massachusetts

At the Law Office of Amanda Dowgiert, we serve a wide area of Massachusetts, with a focus on Criminal Defense cases. When it comes to criminal law, you need an attorney by your side who knows the state as well as federal statutes regarding your case. From Recording Sealing to DUI/OUI cases, drug possession and motor vehicle offenses, we can provide the legal services needed to focus on an outcome that will be of benefit to you.

Understanding Your Legal Rights

When it comes to criminal law, the terms and wording can be confusing. For the average individual, understanding what is going on can be stressful as well as overwhelming. With the help of our Massachusetts law office, you have a team of attorneys to help you along the way. We will ensure you understand the charges against you and fully review your case so that you get to know the process. We work with you to cover every aspect of the incident, including a trial or begin seen by the judge. We focus on helping you so that you can have an outcome that benefits you in some way.


In Massachusetts, DUI and OUI are interchangeable. Driving under the influence (DUI) and operating under the influence (OUI) are terms used to describe when an individual has used drugs or alcohol and operated a vehicle. If you are arrested and charged as such, we can help. Our law office specializes in DUI/OUI law, able to help review your case. With any charge, there will be penalties. We work to review your case and fight any unjust charges or seek to the most lenient penalty possible.

Drug Possession

When it comes to possessing drugs, an individual in Massachusetts can face a penalty no matter the type of drug. With marijuana possession, the charge is just a $100 fine for less than one ounce of the substance on your person. If you have more than that, the charges can include jail time and license suspension. Stiffer penalties are handed down when you have drugs such as heroin or oxytocin in your possession.

If you or someone you love has been charged with drug possession, let our attorneys review your case. We can provide a thorough analysis and determine the best course of action for your individual needs.

Motor Vehicle Offenses

Driving is a privilege that we sometimes take for granted. Laws of the road must be obeyed and when you break the law, you can face a motor vehicle offense. You may be at risk of losing your license due to an action or negligence on the road as well as face jail time, depending on the incident. At the Law Office of Amanda Dowgiert, we can assist in helping you face the charges with a team of experienced attorneys. We can build the best case possible based on the charges to help you avoid serious penalties. Examples of a motor vehicle offense can include reckless driving, speeding, unpaid traffic tickets, DUI, driving without insurance and more.

Record Sealing

If you have been charged with a crime, a criminal record is created in your name. Whether you are charged with a crime or you are found not guilty, the criminal record exists. This can be harmful to gaining employment, going to college, or other life needs. When you have been charged with a crime, we can help by filing a petition to seal your criminal record. By sealing the records, you can legally state you have no criminal history when filling out job applications or applying to college.

When it comes to criminal law needs, let our team work for you. Give us a call today to discuss your case.