Criminal & Federal Defense Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts
Law Firm OverviewGeoffrey G. Nathan Law Offices is a premier defense law firm representing clients throughout Massachusetts. Our principal attorney, Geoffrey Nathan, is a top criminal and defense attorney with more than 20 years of experience.
Attorney Nathan has a national presence as a commentator for the CourtTV network. He comments on strategies used by other nationally recognized attorneys, and has cross-examined forensic experts on high-profile cases. While most cases do not require this level of attention or detail, Attorney Nathan has developed these skills both in court and on live national television.
Our attorney is a highly qualified criminal defense lawyer whose entire practice focuses on criminal defense cases. There are many ways that an experienced and successful defense attorney such as Attorney Nathan can do to resolve a criminal case against you before there are any charges filed are trial begun. However, if you already were charged, Attorney Nathan will provide you the best criminal defense possible in the state of Massachusetts.
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
Geoffrey G. Nathan Law Offices represents clients in the following areas of practice:
- Federal Crimes Defense
Federal crimes are serious violations of the law and you must take them very seriously. Both local and federal authorities work together to get a conviction against you. Local and federal authorities also have unlimited resources to prosecute you. They will use their resources to investigate you and to go through large piles of evidence to get you convicted.
- Motion & Petition to Seal Records
If you pled guilty or were found guilty on a charge, you may need to wait some years before you petition the Massachusetts court to seal the record. Current law under CORI states that you have to wait 15 years after the final disposition of a felony to have your record sealed.
- Military Criminal Defense
Geoffrey was co-counsel in some of the most difficult war crimes cases arising out of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan which cases were prosecuted by the United States of America against United States soldiers for unlawful killing/execution of civilians and combat enemy detainees
- Drug & Narcotics Trafficking
The possession or trafficking of drugs or narcotics is defined in Massachusetts as the possession of the drugs with the intention to distribute them, or the actual distribution of the drugs. Whether you are charged with possession or trafficking will depend on how much of the illegal drug you possessed and whether you had any drug distribution paraphernalia in your possession.
- Federal Tax Fraud
Tax fraud is defined as intentionally violating your duty to voluntary file a tax return, and/or to pay the proper amount of employment, income and excise tax you owe. Unlike other aspects of the Internal Revenue Code, criminal provisions that relate to income tax are designed to punish you for willfully evading taxes.
When a good, service or currency appears to come from a legitimate source but is actually an unauthorized reproduction, it is likely that the state or federal crime of counterfeiting has been committed. A counterfeiting offense can include creating false documents, currency and goods.
- White Collar Criminal Defense
White collar crimes are believed to cost the American economy billions of dollars per year. These types of crimes are deceptive and unethical and are strictly prosecuted. Any allegations of involvement in a variety of white collar crimes can have a very negative effect on your life.
- Criminal Harassment
A criminal harassment charge can be levied against you in Massachusetts for several reasons. For you to be found guilty, prosecutors must show that you willfully and maliciously engaged in a pattern of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel emotional distress.
- Armed Robbery
In Massachusetts, armed robbery is a crime that is covered by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265. The law states that armed robbery consists of robbing or stealing from someone while you are armed with a deadly weapon. It is important to note that in this state, you do not have to be armed to be convicted of armed robbery.
- Drug Possession
The punishments in the state of Massachusetts vary based on the type of drug that the person is found in possession of. For the understanding of the different types, the 4 classes will be described as to make the difference more clear. In Massachusetts all chargeable drug violations are considered felonies.
- Embezzlement vs Money Laundering
The crimes of embezzlement and money laundering are often thought of together, as both are ways that people go about illegal methods to obtain money for their personal benefit. The ways the crimes are conducted is different, however, and involve very unique actions to satisfy the requirements of the charges.
- Embezzlement vs Extortion
Embezzlement and extortion are both crimes where people take from others and intend to keep those items for their own uses. Each crime will be defined and explained before they are compared. Both of these crimes can go on over extended time periods. The embezzlement usually goes on because the criminal realizes as long as they have not been caught they can continue to make more money.
- Embezzlement vs Larceny
In a general sense, embezzlement and larceny are similar crimes since both involve talking items that are not yours. Each of the crimes contains three essential elements that must be satisfactorily proven for a person to be convicted. Both embezzlement and larceny can be forms of theft, since both contain illegal takings.
An embezzlement arrest and charge is a type of larceny charge. It involves the taking of items from the real owner. This is usually considered a “white collar” crime because it rarely involves any sort of violence. In order to be charged with embezzlement, it must be proven that a person has violated the three necessary elements of an embezzlement charge.
- Prescription Drug Fraud
Prescription drug fraud is a growing crime in our world. The increasing costs of medical care, including prescriptions, have made the ability to pay for those prescription medications troublesome for some people. In addition, the current economic climate has left countless numbers of people newly uninsured, leaving them no coverage to help them with medications needed to maintain their health.
- Uniform Citation
If you were pulled over for a traffic violation in Massachusetts, you probably were given a Massachusetts Uniform Citation. In many cases, these are minor traffic tickets that just result in a fine. You can choose to pay the fine by mail and be done with it. However, you should remember that in some cases when you receive a Massachusetts Uniform Citation, it is not always for just a minor traffic violation.
- Hardship License
A hardship or Cinderella work license is a restricted Massachusetts driver’s license that lets you work for a specific 12 hour period, seven days per week. For you to get a hardship license, you need to show enough documentation that you are going to suffer major financial or educational hardships if you do not have such a license.
- Robbery vs Burglary
The crimes of robbery and burglary often go together. They are both forms of theft, and involve the intent to take something that does not belong to you, and to take the rightful owner’s enjoyment of that item permanently. The state of Massachusetts has carefully defined essential details in classifying each.
- Misdemeanor Larceny vs Felony Larceny
These two classifications of larceny only differ from each other when considering the value of what has been stolen. Per Massachusetts law, if the value of the item is over $250, it becomes a felony or grand larceny. If the value of the item or items is under $250, then it is a misdemeanor, or petite larceny.
- Grand Larceny vs Grand Theft
The crimes of larceny and theft are often used synonymously and usually are referred to as the same thing in the state of Massachusetts. The truth is that they are very similar, but there are some distinct differences in the specific nature of the crimes.
- Larceny vs. Theft
The real difference between larceny and theft in Massachusetts has to do with classifications of crimes against property. The term theft is used to describe any kind of taking of property. It is a broad classification, under which larceny falls. This means that of the many types of theft, which included robbery and burglary, larceny is one kind of theft.
- Grand Theft
Grand Theft is a crime where any kind of property is taken from its owner, with intent to not give it back. Theft is the name given to all crimes where taking is involved, and is a broad definition. Theft can involve tangible as well as in-tangible assets, which include copyrights, patents, and modern computer applications that run an increasingly larger role in the technologies of today.
- Grand Larceny
Any time a person takes something that belongs to someone else, they have probably committed Larceny. It involves taking an item or items, that belong to someone else, and planning to steal them so that the owner no longer has them. The crime of Grand Larceny becomes a felony charge, and is defined by the value of the item that was stolen.
- Larceny Laws, Sentence & Theft
The definition of larceny involves stealing the property of another person. In order to meet the legal requirement of a larceny conviction, there are three elements that must be proven under Massachusetts law. In addition to these legal conditions, the value of the property being taken must have a value of under $250, to be petty larceny, which is a misdemeanor charge.
- Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute
The amount of drugs you are found in possession of is primarily the factor that decides whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. In general, the felony cases are the ones where a person or group of people is found to be holding a large quantity of a particular controlled substance.
- Felony Fraud
The crime of fraud must include an intentional, willful plan to use deception to either harm others or to benefit personally. Many acts that are considered fraud would be on a misdemeanor level, either by a single instance, or by involving an item of small value.
- Felony Manslaughter
In the state of Massachusetts, you can be convicted either of involuntary or voluntary manslaughter. According to state statutes, involuntary manslaughter is basically a murder that the suspect did not intend to commit. This is contrasted with a murder that you had any degree of premeditation, or malice aforethought.
- Felony Wiretap
Massachusetts is one of the states with the strongest use of the wiretapping laws on its books. Wiretapping is the act of illegally obtaining a privileged, recorded communication. In order for an act to be classified as wiretapping, it must involve one person in the communication to be unaware that the recording is occurring.
- Felony Burglary
In Massachusetts, burglary is defined as going into any type of location – car, home or building – without the permission of the owner and having the intent to commit a crime, which is usually stealing something inside. For you to be charged with the crime of felony burglary, you do not need to break into the car or dwelling.
- Felony Arson
The penalties for this crime depend on the type of building that you are convicted of burning. If the building was a place of business, the penalties are not as severe. In this case, you can be sentenced in Massachusetts to up to 10 years in state prison for felony arson.
- Felony Breaking & Entering
Breaking and entering is a serious crime in the state of Massachusetts. The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you broke into a building with the intent to commit some type of crime. Interestingly, there is no actual stand alone ‘breaking and entering’ charge in this state.
- Felony Rape
According to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 22b and rape is a felony offense. Being accused of rape or any type of sex crime in the state of Massachusetts can be devastating. If you are convicted, you will almost certainly face a long sentence in prison. Also, you can face a lifetime registration on the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry List.
- Felony Drug
While the sentencing for first time, small quantity violators has gotten lighter, the sentences for the more serious drug criminals have gotten much stronger in Massachusetts. Some light charges now equate to a low level traffic violation. For most felony drug convictions in Massachusetts, however, there are minimum mandatory sentences that the person must serve.
- Felony Copyright Infringement
As in most crimes, there are varying degrees of copyright infringement, and in order qualify as a felony it requires some serious violations to the duty of care. The maximum jail sentence in 5 years and the financial penalties can vary depending on the type of criminal activity involved.
- Felony Wire Fraud
Wire fraud is fraud that uses electronic communications to commit the illegal act. This includes making false representations by telephone to obtain money. The federal Wire Fraud Act makes any use of wire or electronic communications (including, radio, TV, phone and Internet) in either foreign or interstate commerce a crime.
- Aggravated Assault
The offense of aggravated assault is covered under Chapter 265 13A of the Massachusetts General Laws. If you are convicted of this crime, it is a felony offense. This means that it can carry a state prison offense. State prisons house the most violent and dangerous criminals in the state, so it is a particularly harsh environment.
- Assault and Battery
In Massachusetts, the crime of assault and the crime of assault and battery both can be punished by up to 2.5 years in the state prison. However, there are important difference between assault and assault and battery that you need to understand. An assault happens when a person acts in a manner that is threatening, so that the person feels that they are being threatened.
- Misdemeanor vs Felony Offense
Both felonies and misdemeanor offenses are crimes under the laws of Massachusetts. Misdemeanors and felonies are described in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 274, Section 1. Any crime that may be punished by death or time in the state prison is defined as a felony. All other crimes in this state are misdemeanors.
- Speeding Ticket
If you are charged with speeding in Massachusetts, you may be worried about the potential consequences. Some of these include fines, insurance premium hikes, and driver’s license suspensions. One of the biggest mistakes that you can make in a speeding ticket case in Massachusetts is to not appeal the speeding ticket in court.
Mr. Geoffrey G. Nathan
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