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David R Yannetti

Criminal defense Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   33 reviews

Licensed for 32 years

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    33 years, 10,000 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    30%

    33 years, 4,000 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    20%

    33 years, 4,000 cases

By any objective measure, Attorney David R. Yannetti has reached the top of his profession.  He has been named to the "Super Lawyers" list every year since 2007.  He has been "AV-Rated" through Martindale's Peer Review Ratings since 1999.  He has also been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News & World Report. Attorney Yannetti was selected to compete in the annual "Battle of the Lawyers," sponsored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  Attorney Yannetti's re-creation of his famous closing argument in the Jeffrey Curley murder case earned him top honors, as he took home the trophy as having presented the "Most Compelling Argument."  Attorney Yannetti treats all of his cases as if they were murder cases -- because he recognizes that his clients consider their own case to be the most important problem in their lives.

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Licensed for 32 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 09/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm
Salem Office
16 Front Street
Suite 203
Salem, MA, 01970
Dedham Office
30 Westbrook Rd
#302A
Dedham, MA, 02026
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Posted by Fatima | August 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Attorney David is a phenomenal attorney and such a pleasant person to speak to. He goes above and beyond to represent his clients. He makes sure to hear your story and help in all ways that he can. He is traffic in the courtroom and really fights for his clients and gets the win. I saw him in the courtroom and he argued so well and walked away with what was expected, the outcome that was wanted by his client. I will never go to anyone else but him and would recommend anyone who is looking for a representation to not waste your time and money elsewhere like many do, and go to attorney David from the start
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Posted by Erin | July 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Personable and Professional
Mr. Yannetti gave me such a positive experience in helping me overcome the obstacles of my case. He was extremely passionate about his work and highly considerate of my situation, making sure to go above and beyond for me. I don’t say this lightly — he will put your needs above his own.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Credit to His Profession
From the very first time I spoke with Attorney David Yannetti I was impressed by his confidence, his knowledge and understanding, and his kind and courteous nature. Prior to hiring Attorney Yannetti, I was represented by other counsel who I felt was not up to the task of dealing with a case involving the multiple felony charges I was facing. The difference, to me, was night and day. I felt real relief at being represented by Attorney Yannetti, and knew that he would achieve the best result that could be gotten in my situation. Now, after the resolution of my case I can say that I was correct in my assessment. Attorney David Yannetti got a result for me and my family that I wouldn't have thought possible, and I owe him a debt of gratitude for saving us a great deal of pain and hardship.
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Posted by Harsh | September 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my Career
Great experience overall having David Yannetti as my attorney. David understands his client, very insightful and is an expert in his field. Truly a professional, highly ethical and trustworthy attorney who can guide you through the process. I was been charged with A&B where it got dismissed without any trails. Thanks for all your help David.
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Posted by Grateful parents | May 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest legal specialist with integrity.
Our mid 20’s year old daughter had no prior history with the law, no prior arrests, no criminal charges or record. She was arrested January 2018, imprisoned, not allowed a phone call and charged with three (3) domestic violence crimes. One charge had a potential conviction prison term of 1-5 years. The charges were false allegations. I was contacted by her court appointed attorney after my daughter had spent three days in Framingham State prison. She was released at arraignment on personal recognizance. While we were relieved without bail, it did not seem to align with the arrest charges being brought. There was one additional pre-trial hearing with no progress and nothing reported. The public defender appeared competent but was so busy she had to reschedule three (3) office appointments my daughter had scheduled to discuss her case. The next hearing scheduled at the end of April was some four (4) months after being charged. After three (3) months we were unable to meet with her court appointed attorney, not understanding the defense strategy nor knowing what her attorney and the prosecutor had or had not discuss. My daughter thought it best to seek out a highly regarded, extensive criminal defense experience with good outcome results private law firm. After research and receiving recommendations from other attorneys we decided to review the case with and interview the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm. I first spoke with Attorney Greg Johnson at the firm by phone. He asked very specific material questions to provide a case overview, history and some background. He was professional, engaging and action oriented. Greg had the office staff schedule an initial meeting. We met with Attorney David Yannetti on Monday after our first office call on Friday. David answered all of our questions, provided a detailed process road map, initial defense strategy, courses of action ahead and how he would begin representing our daughter. I was impressed as David cited a number of case law examples that were relevant to the specific charges during this first meeting. Greg would represent our daughter at the pretrial hearing as David was previously scheduled for a trial. David would appear with my daughter thereafter and through trial. After our meeting with David, my daughter decided we should hire the firm. She made a good choice that we supported. A few weeks later Greg met our daughter at court. He had a number of conversations with our daughter and the prosecutor prior to the hearing. Greg seemed to be familiar and on good terms with all the court employees. On court date one (1) being represented by David and Greg the charges were dropped and the case was dismissed/disposed. We are grateful for this best and unexpected outcome. The long 4 months of worry and stress was lifted from ours family’s shoulders. The Yannetti Criminal Defense firm was always reachable to answer our questions, returned all communications promptly, and initiated communications with updates and reminders. They are well experienced in criminal law and were skilled legal representatives for us. We had an exceptional experience with the Yannetti Criminal Law Firm. Sequel: Some 9 days later, the complainant self-files yet a new unfounded Order of Protection. Our daughter had not communicated nor seen the plaintiff for some 5 months. David represented my daughter at this new re-filing preliminary hearing. In short order David had this new groundless case dismissed.
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Posted by Shivanathan | February 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my career !!!
Highly recommend David for any Criminal charges. I am currently working in technology firm and I was charged with misdemeanor case in Sep 2016 and I have been through lot of pressure and sleepless nights. I hired him before my hearing date and he listened to all my concerns and gave me complete confident and moral support. As he promised, he worked hard to dismiss the case before trail. He saved my life and my future career. Thank a lot David.
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Posted by Alexander A. | July 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best decision!
Hiring attorney Yannetti was one of the best decisions I made. His knowledge and acumen was the key factor to made my case dismissed at the hearing. He was thorough, mindful, and thoughtful throughout the entire process. Would gladly recommend attorney Yannetti for anyone seeking counsel.
Posted by Chris | May 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miracle worker
Mr. Yannetti very knowledgeable, wise and a diligent worker. I was arrested in Boston for a false Domestic Violence charge. Before the arraignment I hired a different attorney. While the arraignment went fine the case started to go south quickly. I then realized I needed a solid attorneys. After interviewing seven attorneys I hired Mr. Yannetti. Best decision I have made in many years. He went to work and worked hard. He keep me well informed and was very responsive to my questions. At the end of the day the case was dismissed without a trial. If it was not for Mr. Yannetti I could have lost my freedom, children, home and carrier. Thank you Mr. Yannetti for all you did for my family. You and your office were truly there for me in my darkest hour.
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Posted by Jeremy | March 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledge and Integrity
Attorney Yannetti provided me with extremely honest and helpful advice concerning an upcoming criminal matter. Mr. Yannetti did so in good faith without expectation of payment. This willingness speaks volumes to his character and professionalism. If the case is not dismissed as anticipated, I will certainly be contacting him to represent me in any further legal proceedings. I would strongly recommend his services to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and outstanding lawyer
The first day I met David, I felt comfortable with him and I was at ease and when I was not supposed to be calm, he made me remain calm, despite what I was facing, a charge of aggravated assault and battery which was not true at all. He promised to do the best he could to defend me in a criminal case against me and he kept his promise and he did defend me and the case was dismissed in record time. Even though the case went to trial, the case was dismissed, which was the ultimate goal and what I wanted. He said he wouldn't give me a 100% assurance because any lawyer who tells me this is lying to me but he would do his best and work tirelessly to defend me and defend me he did and I am grateful to him and his firm for all their work. I also want to thank him too for his kindness because he was a brother and a friend too when I needed one, despite the fact that he was my lawyer. His advice was clear enough and he knows how to give one. Do not be afraid to hire him and his firm because they fought for me and he will also fight for you because for David, it is not about the money. He puts in his best and all his efforts to help his client and that is what one should look out for in a lawyer. He is quick to respond back to you when you leave a message for him and always gives you his listening ears and brings you in on all his plans and strategies, so you are not left behind wondering what is next or what is going on. He knows his job and he does it well. He is an excellent criminal defense lawyer and one of the best out there for anyone to hire. David, again I thank you for your help and assistance when I needed help.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well Known & Highly Respected
I received a Summons for Clerk Magistrate's Hearing. When the incident happened(saturday evening), I freaked out and called every lawyer possible in Boston Area the next day(Sunday). David Yannetti was the only one to return my call on a Sunday! I read everything about him and did my research on him & other Boston Lawyers and because of his professionalism, confidence(saw some of his case videos) and excellent reviews, I decided to hire him. Even the price he quoted was on par(or lesser) when compared to quotes from other lawyers and this made it easier for me to pick him. David accompanied me to the Clerk Magistrate's office on the day of the hearing. There were a bunch of people who got there before me waiting for their name to be called. The office clerk saw David standing with me, went back in, came out, called my name FIRST! We went in and I wasn't surprised to see that the Clerk Magistrate already knew David. They had a chat. The Magistrate asked me a couple of questions and David was able to get my CASE DISMISSED in just 5 mins! I was so happy I hired him.
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Posted by Ron | November 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Focus on Family
David helped our family navigate a very challenging scenario with our teenage son. Throughout the process he represented the family with a high level of professionalism while not losing sight of the trauma and stress our family was experiencing. As commentary for anyone about to experience the criminal court system, it was evident early on in the process David's firm stood above the other defense attorneys representing their clients. His team’s experience as former prosecutors is a differentiator not to be overlooked when selecting legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very impressed from day one!
I first called for a free consultation on Labor Day and was surprised that it was David himself that answered the phone (on a holiday)! Right off the bat, he had a lot of knowledge about my sort of case and walked me through what would happen. He asked questions that I would not have considered myself, and even encouraged me to do my research on other law firms. I shopped around and read a lot of reviews of different attorneys but after speaking with David, I felt I could trust him to help me through my Magistrates hearing. He was very helpful in describing to me exactly what to expect because I have never been accused of a crime before. He knew a lot about the diatrict court where my trial was being held and was very familiar with the clerk as well. He and his paralegal, Lisa, made me feel much more comfortable about my hearing. David came early to the courthouse to coach me through what my hearing would be like and ask me some questions about myself. He was very personable in his demeanor and helped me feel more at ease. I felt that he genuinely wanted to help because he understood exactly how I felt in my situation. When it came time for my hearing, David spoke very well on my behalf and achieved a positive result for me, so I have nothing but great things to say about him. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Patrick | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pure awesomenesss!
I did my homework and read reviews before selecting an attorney, I also called several attorneys. Every attorney I called said because I had a prior record that I would not likely get a good plea and forget about winning a clerks hearing. Attorney Yannetti told me that he could get me a favorable outcome. He was honest and let me know the odds of winning a clerks hearing were stacked against me but he thought we had a chance to win it with the right strategy. He walked me through every step with a plan for each step. Even though the odds were against me, Attorney Yannetti did win my clerks hearing and the complaint was dismissed. Attorney Yannetti was all that he is claimed to be. He was professional, caring, reassuring and commanded confidence. Attorney Yannetti is a super hero in my opinion. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
I recently retained David Yannetti to represent a family member against allegations that were completely out of character but could have had a very negative result. David responded on short notice and agreed to represent us on this matter. He was kind, understanding, insightful and immediately focused on a solution. David was incredibly effective and obtained results that far surpassed our expectations. He is a very skilled attorney who is focused on obtaining the best results for his client. David also is a highly ethical attorney and resolved our issues with the minimum time and expense to us. We were so fortunate to have David represent us and I highly recommend him to any one needing legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional and high respected Criminal Defense Attorney
David Yannetti is a very thorough and detailed attorney. After reviewing all the facts of the case, he provided me with all options available, and the possible outcomes. I relied on his expert knowledge in order to decide how best to resolve the case. He was always available to answer whatever questions I had. I was very pleased with the outcome and highly recommend David.
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Posted by David | May 3, 2015
Boston representation for a Colorado issue
We had the opportunity to work with David in a local Boston legal issue and he was incredible to work with. I would strongly recommend David and his firm for representation in any legal matter, ours just happened to be long distance. He is very communicative, very experienced/connected within the Boston legal community and very professional. He turned what could have a difficult situation into a win for us.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2015
Very experienced and obtained terrific results!
Our recent experience with Attorney David Yannetti was great. He is very knowledgeable, accessible, and professional. We did a lot of research before approaching to David and had faith in him. He is well known and well respected at the Court. When judges and other staff hear his name, they show great respect and trust. Himself also enjoys the feeling when he and his team are able to "prevent harm from being done to promising careers". As a very experienced lawyer in Criminal Defense, David is also very good at listening although he already knew next steps and strategies. He puts himself in other people's shoes and shows respect about what's been done. He trusts his client, listens to them, explains all the possibilities and be realistic about the turnouts while being optimistic, too. He and his team made things go much easier than I had anticipated and I know the result can be very different without their involvement. With his help, I was able to obtain a terrific result and minimized the impact on my career/future/life. I really appreciated all the hard work and the time they've put into. We are very, very satisfy for having David and his team as my legal representation. We highly recommend Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm!
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Posted by Skip | April 29, 2015
Recomendation of David R Yannetti
Attorney Yannetti, has represented me for the past two years. He has worked diligently to have an unjustified charge dismissed. David met with me several times, he personally attended the court hearings with me. I felt very confident having David represent me. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by Bobby | April 25, 2015
Right action
My wife and I received a phone call from our BU college junior stating that he had been arrested and charged with two felony charges. The unimaginable had become our reality. I sought out the best Boston criminal defense attorney I could find. A referral from a local principle partner in New York stirred me to David Yannetti law firm and David in particular. Initially my felling was that our case might not warrant his attention.My conviction was to find the best I could to navigate this great and potentially forever life changing process. I reached out to David via his web site and in short order David phoned me. During our conversation I immediately felt in my heart that David was the person I wanted to lead us through this process. David rearranged his schedule to meet my family. Our meeting laid bare the landscape we faced the potential consequences my son faced and how David would navigate the case.The fees for David's services were fixed and in my estimation reasonable.I will emphasize that what we were facing and the consequences we all faced , my son in particular was my focus- fees were not. The result in our case is that my son will have no record or have to explain this situation ever again. I sent this text to David after my sons appearance: Your better than me - you have removed a major character check from my conscience- although my heart expected this outcome - I am so aware of outliers in what I do as a trader and was trying to find strength in my own character to be strong for my family if the unimaginable happened. Robert is a great kid - this episode and consequences hopefully is a life learning exercise- and I pray he's better off for the experience. I know as a parent and husband I grew a bunch - I am so grateful you were carrying the sword And this is what I sent when the court made its decision: Great job - you are of true value - glad you were the life line we reached for and grabbed ahold of -
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Attorney
  • Yannetti Criminal Law Firm
  • 1999 - Present
  • Instructor
  • Boston University Law School
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Middlesex County District Attorney's Office
  • 1989 - 1999

Education

  • Boston College Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Bowdoin College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Attorney Yannetti wins aquittal in 1st-degree murder case
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • Attorney Yannetti wins acquittal in domestic assault case
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • Professional man cleared of rape charges
  • Not Guilty Verdict

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV-Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2015
  • 2015 Best Lawyers in America
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2015
  • Most Compelling Argument
  • 2008 Battle of the Lawyers
  • 2008
  • John C. Droney Award
  • Middlesex District Attorney's Office
  • 1991
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Gill Award
  • Boston College Law School
  • 1989
  • Hardy C. Dillard Award
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • 1989
  • Northeast Regional Mock Trial Competition Champion
  • Boston College Law School
  • 1989
  • Northeast Regional Champion
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • 1989
  • Mock Trial Competition Champion
  • Boston College Law School
  • 1989
  • Grimes Moot Court Competition Finalist
  • Boston College Law School
  • 1988
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Publications

  • Commonwealth v. Phinney
  • Successful Brief and Record Appendix filed in the Supreme Judicial Court in opposition to the Commonwealth's appeal of a Superior Court judge's allowance of the defendant's motion for new trial
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Defense in Practice
  • Private Practice Issues
  • 2015
  • Boston College Law School Trial Practice Class
  • Criminal Defense & Prosecution Issues
  • 2007
  • Suffolk University Law School Criminal Law Class
  • Practical Issues in Massachusetts Criminal Law
  • 2000
  • Boston University Law School Legal Research and Writing Class
  • Research/Writing/Oral Argument
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am a criminal attorney with twenty three years on the job, first as a prosecutor, now as a defense lawyer. Over the years, I have observed many lawyers practice their craft. There are many lawyers. There are precious few good ones. David stands out as one of the best. When he was a prosecutor, I admired his scrupulous ethics. In his defense of his clients, he is a force to be reckoned with. He is universally respected, credible, forceful and smart. Above all, he is a supremely decent, humble and kind human being. Having said all that, I can't leave out the gifted team of lawyers that work with him! I wholeheartedly endorse David - and his entire team."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, David is a great DUI lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an excellent attorney and well respected in the community. As a fellow lawyer I think this is who I would hire if I ever got in jam myself!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is a driven and fearless advocate for his Clients. Highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I knew Dave when he was with the district attorney's office. He was one of the best DAs in the court but he's a better defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is a bright and phenomenal lawyer who really understands client service."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Worked with and referred cases to him. Really cares about his work and Clients. Would always recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Having worked with Attorney Yannetti when I was a Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney, I was consistently impressed by his expertise, his professionalism, and his easy collegial manner with other attorneys and court employees."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Yannetti for many years and have found him to be one of the hardest working and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers in Massachusetts. Attorney Yannetti is an excellent litigator and skilled advocate. I have referred many cases to him and every client has been very pleased with the results. I would definitely recommend David to anyone needing a criminal attorney in Massachusetts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terrific attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known David Yannetti since the early 90s when we worked for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office. In court he demonstrates a real command of criminal law and procedure and defends his clients with passion. In a profession that has no shortage of mediocre lawyers, Attorney Yannetti is a gifted trial lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am so proud to put him over the top. Truly superb."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney David Yannetti is one of the finest criminal lawyers I have met over the course of my career. The success he has enjoyed over the past two decades has so impressed me that when a family friend was charged with a very serious crime a few years ago, I didn’t hesitate to refer him to Attorney Yannetti. I was confident my friend would be in excellent hands. And he was. David defended the case superbly. The friend - and his wife - were thrilled with the outcome and continue to be very grateful for my recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David Yannetti is the best. If a friend or family member needed a criminal lawyer, I would not let them go anywhere else."
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Boston Criminal defense Lawyer David R Yannetti
David R Yannetti
Criminal defense Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 32 years
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