Direct Criminal Appeals in Massachusetts

Attorney William Driscoll is passionate about protecting the individual rights of convicted individuals. He represents clients convicted of any crime or combination of crimes. He is ready, willing, and able to pursue the direct appeal in criminal cases all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Every defendant has the right to appeal a criminal conviction. A direct appeal can challenge any aspect of the case, from the initial police investigation through conviction.

A criminal appeal is always an up-hill battle. Experienced criminal appellate counsel understands how appellate judges think. Well crafted legal arguments and crisp oral presentations are capable of swaying appellate judges.

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Massachusetts Criminal Appeal Attorney

Recent Noteworthy Criminal Appeal Results

Massachusetts Appeals Court

May 2019

The defendant was convicted of felony larceny by single scheme, that he intended to defraud the alleged victim through a contract made under false pretenses. On appeal, the conviction was reversed, the verdict set aside and a judgment entered for Attorney Driscoll's client. The evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to defraud his alleged victim at the time the contract was executed. Notably, the defendant started performance under the contract and the the alleged victim secured a no contact/stay away order that prevented the defendant's further performance under the contract. This case echoed that where there is no criminal intent present at the inception of the contract then the matter is civil, not criminal.

Massachusetts Appeals Court

April 2019

The defendant was convicted of breaking and entering with felonious larceny. On appeal, the judgments were reversed, the verdicts set aside, and judgments entered in favor of Attorney Driscoll's client. The only evidence implicating the defendant was a cigarette butt with his DNA impressed, which suggested that he smoked the cigarette at one time. But it did not exclude the equally reasonable hypothesis that he smoked the cigarette at an earlier time and that someone else transported the cigarette butt to the scene – either intentionally or accidentally. The evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was both present at the scene of the crime as well as at the time of the crime.

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