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When you need legal representation in the Boston area, especially in a criminal case, you want the best criminal defense attorney you can find and John E. DeVito is that attorney. He has represented clients in criminal law cases for more than 30 years and is recognized by his peers for exceptional ability and strict ethical standards with an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating an attorney can receive from his or her peers and the highest rating an attorney can receive from his his clients.

Representing defendants for various criminal charges

A former Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney, Mr. DeVito is familiar with the local practices, courts, and judges in every town east of Worcester. Now a criminal lawyer, Mr. DeVito represents defendants in the following criminal matters:

  • Domestic assault and battery
    Assault and battery cases are often complex. If you are charged with domestic assault and battery, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel immediately.

  • Drug crimes
    If you are charged with the trafficking, distribution, or possession of illegal substances, you need an experienced attorney in drug crimes to represent you. In Massachusetts, convictions for drug crimes carry heavy penalties. Seeking guidance from a drug crime lawyer is imperative to winning your case.

    If one is operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher in Massachusetts that person is presumed to be under the influence of alcohol. Even your first conviction can result in a jail sentence, a suspended license, and hefty fines. To minimize the penalties, having a qualified DUI lawyer on your side is critical.

  • Felonies and misdemeanors
    Misdemeanors are punishable by confinement to local Jail or House of Correction and a fine. Felonies may be punishable by death or incarceration in a state or federal prison. As a defendant, you need a qualified criminal lawyer to help ensure you receive a fair trial.

  • Larceny crimes
    Split between petty or grand, larceny is defined as the unlawful taking and carrying away of property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. Convictions for any larceny crime presents serious consequences for one's future. Hire a criminal defense lawyer to help dismiss, minimize, or reduce the charges.

  • Motor vehicle crimes
    Motor vehicle crimes such as operating negligently, motor vehicle homicide, or driving while unregistered or uninsured can all lead to expensive fines or license suspension. If you are charged with a motor vehicle crime, you need an experienced attorney to help protect your rights.

  • Rapes and sexual assaults
    Rape and indecent assaults are serious crimes that carry lengthy jail sentences and lifelong social stigma. Seek qualified legal counsel to see that you are fairly represented.

  • Registry of motor vehicles
    If your motor vehicle license has been suspended or if you face a possible suspension, a qualified attorney can help assess your case and protect your rights.

  • Resisting arrest
    Using physical force, threatening to use physical force or running away from a police officer so to prevent an officer from making an arrest can be considered resisting arrest. This charge is often added to other charges but with the help of a qualified attorney these charges can be dropped to lessen the penalties.

  • Sealing/Expungement of a criminal record
    Having a criminal record can create a barrier to employment, education, and civic opportunities. Sealing your record can protect you against the impediments your record may cause. A qualified criminal attorney can help you through the complicated sealing/expungement process.



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    35 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    35 years, 500 cases
  3. Expungement: 10%
    35 years, 250 cases
  4. Sex Crime: 10%
    35 years, 200 cases



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kevin P. Landry

    I endorse this lawyer. After reviewing dozens of Attorney DeVito's responses to complicated legal questions it is clear that he has the utmost knowledge of the criminal law and criminal defense. He is a great asset to the criminal defense bar and I wholeheartedly endorse him.


    Kevin Landry Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Anthony T Visconti

    I have worked with John for years on cases where our areas of expertise intersect. He is the penultimate professional. I endorse him without reservation.


    Anthony Visconti Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Pro Bono AwardBar Association of Norfolk County2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDeVito & Visconti, PA1979 - 2011
Assistant District AttorneyNorfolk District Attorney1977 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Norfolk County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors & Staff Attorney1986 - 2005
Bar Association of Norfolk CountyPast President1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trafficking in Cocaine-Norfolk Superior CourtNot Guilty of Trafficking, Not Guilty of Distribution and Intent to Distribute; Guilty of Simple Possession
Rape - Middlesex Superior CourtNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Aspatore Book publicationDefending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1977