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At Foglia & Associates, P.C., we devote much of our practice to defending the rights of people accused of serious crimes. Based in Framingham, our criminal defense attorneys represent clients in Superior and District Courts across Massachusetts. Our familiarity of the local courts helps our clients in many ways.

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Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Massachusetts

At Foglia & Associates, P.C., we devote much of our practice to defending the rights of people accused of serious crimes. While based in Framingham, our criminal defense attorneys represent clients in Superior and District Courts across Massachusetts. Our familiarity of the local courts helps our clients in many ways.

OUI/DUI And Drug Crime Lawyers Serving MetroWest, Worcester And Beyond

We defend people accused of all types of crimes, including:

  • Drunk driving/OUI: An OUI conviction could lead to the suspension of your driving privileges and a number of other issues. We will provide a tough defense aimed at dismissing the charges or reducing the penalties. Our team of lawyers regularly takes OUI cases and has achieved successful results time and again.
  • Melanie’s Law/Repeat OUI: OUI charges under Melanie’s Law can lead to enhanced penalties. At our law firm, we will find any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and fight for a positive resolution.
  • Drug offenses: We represent clients facing all types of drug charges, including possession, distribution and other drug trafficking charges. Whatever your charge, we will go the extra mile to explore the best possible defense.
  • Sex offenses: A sex crime conviction will lead to jail time and placement on Massachusetts’ Sex Offender Registry. When the stakes are this high, you need a lawyer, such as the lawyers of Foglia & Associates, P.C., who can contest the government’s case at every turn.
  • Assault and battery: There are many defenses to assault and battery charges. Whether a domestic violence charge, a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, or some other charges of violence, our lawyers are fully prepared to defend your rights.

We know that for many of our clients, a criminal conviction will bring on more than fines, probation and even jail. A conviction can limit many job opportunities as well. Also, if you are not a naturalized citizen, a criminal conviction can lead to the denial of naturalization, denial of citizenship or even deportation. At Foglia & Associates, P.C., we understand the legal consequences and the immigration consequences, and will work relentlessly to achieve results.

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Drunk Driving DUI

Massachusetts Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers

Drunk driving or operating under the influence (OUI) charges happen to people from all walks of life. A conviction to these charges can pose many problems. In addition to excessive fines, higher insurance rates and the possibility of jail, your driver’s license could be suspended for a lengthy period of time. If you refused a Breathalyzer test, you could face a lengthier license suspension and other monetary penalties. Second or repeat offenses will bring on even more serious penalties, including jail time and a longer license suspension. Whether this is your first arrest, or you have prior convictions, it is vital to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Michael A. Foglia of Foglia & Associates, P.C., leads a team of attorneys that are dedicated to protecting the rights of people facing DUI and other criminal charges. Our law firm represents people in Superior and District Courts across Metro West and all of Massachusetts.

Framingham DUI Arrest Lawyers Providing An Aggressive Defense

At Foglia & Associates, P.C., we begin every OUI case by looking at why the police stopped your vehicle. The police must have a legitimate reason to stop your vehicle. If the police stopped you without probable cause, we may be able to have your case dismissed.
There are other potential defenses, depending on the facts. For example, there could be flaws in the field sobriety tests. The police may have made mistakes when administering the Breathalyzer test. You have many rights during a traffic stop and arrest. If the police violated these rights, you could have a strong argument for the dismissal of your charges. The fact is, you will not know what defenses are available to you until you talk to an experienced lawyer. Michael A. Foglia and his team have helped many people obtain dismissals or favorable plea agreements to DUI charges.

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Melanie's Law / Second DUI

Melanie’s Law Attorneys in Massachusetts

In 2005, Massachusetts enacted Melanie’s Law. Melanie’s Law increased the penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) offenses, particularly for people who refuse a Breathalyzer test or are convicted of second or subsequent DUI offenses. If you or a loved one has been accused of DUI, it is important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible. In our office in Framingham, attorney Michael Foglia and his team have successfully defended people throughout the Commonwealth facing serious DUI charges.

Second DUI Offense Lawyers Serving Framingham And Beyond

  • Increased license suspension penalties for people who refuse to submit to a chemical test.
  • Upon a second conviction of DUI, any driver who qualifies for a hardship license must have an interlock ignition device installed in his or her car for the length of the hardship license, and for two years afterward.
  • Any person whose license has been suspended for DUI, who is later convicted of DUI while his or her license is suspended, can be convicted of both DUI and DUI with a suspended license. DUI with a suspended license will bring on a mandatory jail term.
  • A conviction of manslaughter with a motor vehicle will have a mandatory minimum prison sentence.

At Foglia & Associates, P.C., our experienced criminal defense attorneys understand how Melanie’s Law will apply to your situation. While you may face significant penalties, you may still have options and potential defenses. The government must prove every part of your case beyond a reasonable doubt. Our Framingham Melanie’s Law attorneys will hold the government to its burden, challenging the evidence and fighting to gain a dismissal, reduction of the charges, or other positive outcome.

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Drugs and Trafficking Crimes

Massachusetts Drug Arrest Defense Attorneys

Law enforcement agencies at all levels devote significant resources to limiting the flow of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. Every day, people are arrested on charges of drug possession, drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute and other allegations. Certain crimes, such as drug distribution in a school zone, will carry mandatory minimum jail terms. Any person facing potential drug charges should contact an experienced lawyer as quickly as possible.

OUI/DUI Drug Crime Attorneys Serving Framingham And Beyond

We defend people who are accused of all types of crimes, including: 

  • Drunk driving/OUI: An OUI conviction could lead to the suspension of your driving privileges and a number of other issues. We will provide a tough defense aimed at dismissing the charges or reducing the penalties. Our team of lawyers regularly takes OUI cases and has achieved successful results time and again.
  • Melanie’s Law/Repeat OUI: OUI charges under Melanie’s Law can lead to enhanced penalties. At our law firm, we will find any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and fight for a positive resolution.
  • Drug offenses: We represent clients facing all types of drug charges, including possession, distribution and other drug trafficking charges. Whatever your charge, we will go the extra mile to explore the best possible defense.
  • Sex offenses: A sex crime conviction will lead to jail time and placement on Massachusetts’ Sex Offender Registry. When the stakes are this high, you need a lawyer, such as the lawyers of Foglia & Associates, P.C., who can contest the government’s case at every turn.
  • Assault and battery: There are many defenses to assault and battery charges. Whether a domestic violence charge, a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, or some other charges of violence, our lawyers are fully prepared to defend your rights.

For years, people throughout the MetroWest and beyond have placed their trust in Foglia & Associates, P.C. Our criminal defense attorneys understand all of the possible legal consequences associated with a drug charge. For example, many of our clients may face immigration problems in addition to criminal penalties. We can counsel you about the criminal issues and the potential immigration complications and fight to achieve a favorable outcome.

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Sex Offenses

Sex Offense Attorneys Defending Clients Across The MetroWest and Beyond

A sex crime allegation is extremely serious and can cause otherwise reasonable people to jump to conclusions about your guilt. These accusations can severely damage your reputation, and a conviction will have dramatic consequences, including prison time and placement on the Sex Offender Registry. If you or a loved one has been criminally charged with a sex crime, it is absolutely essential to have a skilled, experienced defense lawyer on your side immediately.

With more than 25 years of experience, Framingham sex defense lawyer Michael A. Foglia of Foglia & Associates, P.C., has defended clients in the Superior and District Courts across Massachusetts. Attorney Foglia and his team of lawyers can defend people against all types of sexual offenses, including rape, sexual assault, indecent assault and battery, and related charges. With extensive knowledge of Superior and District Courts throughout Massachusetts, we give our clients an edge when facing life-changing criminal accusations.

If You Want To Change Your Sex Offender Registry Status, Contact Our Law Firm

In Massachusetts, convicted sex offenders are required to register with the Sex Offender Registry. Depending on the seriousness of the conviction, offenders will be classified at different levels. A Level 3 sex offender’s information will be made public. A Level 2 sex offender’s information will be available at police stations and on the Internet, while a Level 1 sex offender’s information is not a matter of public record.

At Foglia & Associates, P.C., much of our firm’s work in sex offense cases involves representing people who want to change their registry status. Our lawyers will look at the facts of your case and advise you if you are a strong candidate to obtain a lower classification. If so, we can argue before the Sex Offender Registry Board, showing why you should receive a lower classification.

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Assault and Battery Charges

Massachusetts Assault and Battery Lawyers

In Massachusetts, assault does not have to involve physical contact. A mere threat of violence could lead to assault charges. Battery charges do involve some type of physical contact. A conviction to any of these charges could create major problems for you and your family. If you have been charged with assault or battery, it is critical to work with experienced, knowledgeable legal counsel to defend your Constitutional rights.

At Foglia & Associates, P.C., our Framingham law firm represents individuals across the Metro West, in Framingham, Worcester and across the Commonwealth facing serious criminal charges. Our team defends people facing all types of misdemeanor or felony assault and battery charges, including domestic assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon. We will look at every possible defense, including self-defense, in order to help you seek the best available result. With more than a quarter century of legal experience in courtrooms across the Commonwealth, Attorney Foglia knows how much is on the line in your case. He is prepared to aggressively protect your rights.

Domestic Assault And Battery Attorneys Serving Framingham And MetroWest

Our team frequently represents individuals across Massachusetts accused of domestic violence. Domestic assault and battery charges are felonies. As a result, these charges are incredibly serious. If you are going through a divorce, a domestic violence conviction can dramatically harm your custody rights.
Our Framingham assault and battery lawyers will look closely at the facts of the case to see what took place and make strong arguments on your behalf. Our tough, determined approach has led to case dismissals, acquittals at trial, favorable plea agreements and other positive results.

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