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Massachusetts Appeals Attorney


Massachusetts Criminal Collateral Appeal Attorney

Appellate Attorney William Driscoll's passion is the protection of individual rights for those who lack the enormous resources available to the government. He assists clients with a collateral appeal to any conviction: from simple assault, gun or drug offenses to rape, arson, and murder.


A collateral attack typically challenges a prior judgment by way of a new action (i.e., not by direct appeal). It is an indirect attack, such as a motion for a new trial seeking to withdraw a guilty plea or to correct a wrong. These challenges may involve legal precedent or new evidence. New evidence can result from new science such as DNA testing.


A collateral attack may be desired on an older conviction that acts as one of three "strikes" leading to a habitual criminal or habitual offender sentence enhancement. Invalidating one "strike" can result in the reduction of sentence to less than the maximum provided by statute. In the case of a habitual offender, it may also provide a parole option.


Identifying viable issues for a collateral attack on the judgment and properly arguing your case is a task requiring appellate experience. If your conviction is worth the time, stress, and expense of a collateral challenge then it is worth engaging experienced appellate counsel.


Criminal Appeals Attorney Driscoll represents clients throughout Massachusetts, and nationwide. He pursues appellate matters in Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), and the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact Appellate Attorney William Driscoll at 978-846-5184 before your rights disappear.


The impact of a criminal conviction is far reaching. Besides incarceration, parole, or probation there is the impact upon other rights such as present or future housing, employment, immigration, and government benefits. A subsequent arrest or conviction can be treated more harshly (e.g., bail and sentencing).