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A Deeply Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer. 


 


This attorney should have a "10" rating on Avvo.  The single disciplinary case regarding a 1998 client is described in the profile section.  


 


Some more recent jury trials:


 




    • First-degree murder, Plymouth County Superior Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm v. MR)



 




    • Aggravated Rape, Rape of a Child by Force, Indecent Assault and Battery, Suffolk Superior Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm v. KB)



 




    • Domestic Assault and Battery, Intimidation of a Witness, Carrying a Firearm, Malicious Destruction of Property, Middlesex County Superior Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm. v. MM)



 




    • Violation of a 209A Restraining Order, Threats to Kill, Plymouth County District Court: Not guilty all counts(Comm. v. GT)



 




    • Indecent Assault and Battery (3 counts), Intimidation of a WItness: Not guilty all counts (Comm v. RJ)



 




    • Aggravated Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Attempted Murder), Suffolk Superior Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm. v. JB)



 




    • Aggravated Rape, Rape of a Child by Force, Rape and Abuse of a Child, Indecent Assault and Battery, Youthful Offender Life Felony Trial, Essex County Juvenile Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm. v. LF)



 




    • Indecent assault and battery, Worcester County District Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm. v TH)



 




    • Carrying a Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent To Distribute, Suffolk County Superior Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm. v. WT).



 




    • Mayhem, Aggravated Assault and Battery, Suffolk County Superior Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm. v. AC).



 




    • Carrying a Firearm, Armed Career Criminal Violation, Suffolk County Superior Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm. v. MR).



 





    •  Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Plymouth County District Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm.v. ER).



 




    • Operating to Endanger, Boston Municipal Court: Not guilty all counts (Comm. v. SD).



 



  • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery, Boston Municipal Court (West Roxbury): Not guilty all counts (Comm. v. WR).

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Languages spoken: Spanish, Portuguese, English

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    21 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    21 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    21 years

Payment

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

17 total 

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  • Joseph M. Mahaney

    I endorse this lawyer having worked with him in Suffolk Superior on some very serious matters. I enjoyed working with him as co-counsel and would gladly work with him again.

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    Joseph Mahaney Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • George Papachristos

    As former prosecutor I had heard of Attorney Serpa's skills as a litigator, and when I had a case against him, I could say from first hand experience that his skills far outweighed his excellent reputation. Any client that retains him will automatically have an upper hand. Very lucky to have worked with him in the past. He is a contributor to the profession.

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    George Papachristos Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Serpa Law Office

20 Park Plaza
Suite 400
Boston, MA, 02116

Serpa Law Office

One Adams Place
Suite 400
Quincy, MA, 02169

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive199501/24/2016
MEWithdrawn201001/13/2016
RIInactive200601/06/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reciprocal - Suspension
    issued in ME, 2014

    updated

    This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Maine.

    Jose’s comment: “Same 1998 case IN MA, RI AND ME. In 1998 I was a young lawyer doing court-appointed cases. I represented a client in a difficult case. He pled guilty. He resurfaced in 2011 with a new lawyer in more criminal trouble and making false claims about me to get his 1998 case dismissed. It worked. At a hearing of my case, the client changed his accusation. He said I had been an honest and effective lawyer. The bar ordered a 60-day suspension because of a faulty memory of almost 15 years prior.”

  2. Reciprocal - Suspension
    issued in RI, 2014

    updated

    This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Rhode Island.

    Jose’s comment: “Same 1998 case IN MA, RI AND ME. In 1998 I was a young lawyer doing court-appointed cases. I represented a client in a difficult case. He pled guilty. He resurfaced in 2011 with a new lawyer in more criminal trouble and making false claims about me to get his 1998 case dismissed. It worked. At a hearing of my case, the client changed his accusation. He said I had been an honest and effective lawyer. The bar ordered a 60-day suspension because of a faulty memory of almost 15 years prior.”

  3. Suspension
    issued in MA, 2014

    updated

    This status means that an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a specific period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    Jose’s comment: “Same 1998 case IN MA, RI AND ME. In 1998 I was a young lawyer doing court-appointed cases. I represented a client in a difficult case. He pled guilty. He resurfaced in 2011 with a new lawyer in more criminal trouble and making false claims about me to get his 1998 case dismissed. It worked. At a hearing of my case, the client changed his accusation. He said I had been an honest and effective lawyer. The bar ordered a 60-day suspension because of a faulty memory of almost 15 years prior.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSerpa Law Office1998 - Present
AttorneyRegan Associates, Chartered2003 - 2014
OwnerLaw Office of J. Serpa1998 - 2003
AttorneyLegal Aid Society Nyc1996 - 1998
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Serpa Law OfficeClerk Magistrate's Hearings2016
Serpa Law OfficeSearch and seizure.2016
Serpa Law OfficeAge of consent2016
Serpa Law OfficeDUI Defense2016
Serpa Law OfficeDUI License Suspensions2016
Serpa Law OfficeDomestic Violence2016
Serpa Law OfficeSex Offenses2016
Serpa Law OfficeFirearms Offenses2016
Serpa Law OfficeMiranda rights2016
Suffolk University Law ReviewAbout Serpa Law Office2015
Suffolk University Law ReviewSobre Serpa Law Office- Spanish2015
Suffolk University Law ReviewSerpa Law Office Practice Areas2015
Suffolk University Law ReviewSerpa Law Office Areas de Especializacion2015
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterCriminal & Constitutional LawLL.M - Master of Laws1996
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
No Speaking Engagements YetNone2016