John W. Drake, Attorney at Law

John W. Drake, Attorney at Law

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Criminal Law

Call Me For Help Protecting Your Rights

“You have the right to remain silent…” Everyone who has watched a television crime show has heard this phrase. It is the start of the Miranda warning, the statement police officers in the U.S. are required to give a suspect as the suspect is being arrested. The Miranda warning informs you of key rights you possess. These rights come from the U.S. Constitution and are vital protections against government abuse of individuals.

What exactly are your rights if you are ever arrested? Here is a brief overview:

  • You do not have to answer questions from the police. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects you from being forced to incriminate yourself. After an arrest, you should not agree to answer questions until you have spoken to an attorney.
  • Anything you say can be used against you in court. The Miranda warning informs you that any statements you make can be used as evidence against you.
  • You have the right to an attorney. The Sixth Amendment guarantees you the right to have a lawyer representing you; not just in court, but during interrogations and other parts of the criminal justice process.

Providing Effective Criminal Defense Since 1980

Perhaps the most important thing your criminal defense lawyer can have is experience. I have been practicing law in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, for more than 35 years. I have achieved successful results with numerous clients facing a broad range of charges, including:

  • Drug offenses
  • Operating under the influence (OUI)
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Gun charges
  • Larceny and other theft crimes

Taking On The Charges

I know there are often two sides to the story. As your attorney, I will discuss your case with you and give you honest advice to help you decide on a course of action. I will examine the evidence gathered during the discovery phase, and hire an investigator if necessary. Whatever weaknesses there are in the prosecutors’ case, I will fully use to your advantage.

Get Started Today

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. The longer you wait, the fewer options you might have for resolving your case. Call my Northampton office at 413-358-0462 or email me to schedule a free initial consultation.

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