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Jose L. Serpa

Criminal defense Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   32 reviews

also known as Serpa Law Office, Joe Serpa


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About Jose

Learn Jose’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    75%
    Serious felony and motor vehicle defense; jury of twelve & jury of six; acquittal rate of over ninety percent.

    28 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%

    28 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%

    28 years

Serpa Law Office- Boston 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 (. 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).
Licensed for 27 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/26/2022
State ME
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2010
Updated 01/29/2023
State RI
Status Inactive
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/13/2016

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014. See details

Contact Jose

Serpa Law Office
20 Park Plaza
Suite 400
Boston, MA, 02116
Serpa Law Office
500 Victory Rd
Suite 400
Quincy, MA, 02171
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Nakia | November 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Mr. Serpa is amazing! I’m very grateful for his work. I found him via Google; I had spoke with numerous attorney’s but, once I spoke to him, I knew he was the one! He communicates, he is calm, he is assertive, he is knowledgeable, and networks well. Which certainly matter! What he did for me, was not what I could’ve ever foreseen happening. He was very forthcoming with me from the beginning; but, he also showed confidence in what he was doing, and that allowed me to trust him. I didn’t feel judged. And I’m grateful for him and, will be for the rest of my life. I’m appreciative of his words, that he shared with me after. I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
Joe Serpa did an extraordinary job while representing me. He had just two days of preparation due to my short notice and represented me flawlessly. His court room demeanor will go a long way in any case! After speaking with him during our consultation I felt confident, safe, and reassured that he would deliver me the best outcome, and he did. I was granted the restraining order I asked for under tumultuous circumstances, and today I have peace of mind. Not only did he represent me well, but he is professional and treats all of his clients with respect and true kindness.
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Posted by Jill | September 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT!
Joe took my case seriously and had me out of hot water quickly. Serious felony and I am completely exonerated.
Posted by Teresa | November 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A TRUE PROFESSIONAL!
I want to take this opportunity to publicly express my gratitude to Attorney Joe Serpa. I found myself researching attorneys for a family member and saw among others Attorney Serpa here on Thumbtack. I read all the info provided on his site, did some personal research and decided he was the attorney that could best meet our needs. I am very happy that I did for a variety of reasons.Upon consulting with him I immediately felt at ease and knew I made the right decision to go with him to represent my family member. He made us feel comfortable, answered all our questions, was straight forward with us and did not offer any empty guarantees or promises. He immediately told us to call him Joe,provided me with his prices, gave us his personal cell# and gave me all the information we needed to make our decision in regards to how we wanted to go forward with our case. Throughout the entire process he was always available and kept us informed of all proceedings. He also made sure we understood each aspect of the case and court rulings and was always well prepared. After about 5 months into the case he let us know on the last court date that the case got dismissed! What a relief to us all and then just today informed us that the last motion that he presented was granted! Again a win! Thanks to his diligent efforts throughout this entire process, I say with much conviction that he truly is an extraordinary attorney, but more importantly an extraordinary and genuine person. He calmed our fears and instilled a sense of relief during this process which I can honestly say was needed.I knew we made the right decision from the start. His honesty,his professionalism and his responsiveness to all our needs were met on every level and I truly am impressed with his work. I am grateful to him and am so glad we chose him to walk us through this difficult time. He is a true professional in every aspect and we are eternally indebted to him. Thank you Joe for all your work, assistance and for winning our case! Teresa R. and family
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Posted by Jason | October 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in all of Boston
This was by far the best legal experience one could hope for! Attorney Serpa was diligent in responding to my needs. When you ask him a question his responses and thoughts are expressed in a very clear and concise manner. He prevented a life changing event from negatively impacting my life. If you have any criminal issues, problems or charges or anything, you really should call Joe Serpa. He is one of the few attorneys’ that I know who will give you their cell phone number and take calls and text at any hour day or night. Thank you Joe!
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Posted by Aby | October 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Domestic A&B dismissed
I have a PhD in Electrical Engineering. I was arrested and falsely accused of domestic A&B after I called the police to protect me. My first lawyer gave me wrong advise and made the situation worse. Joe Serpa came to the rescue and talked to the complainant. With one phone call Joe got her to co-operate again to get my case dismissed. If you have any criminal issues, problems or charges, I can bet Joe Serpa will solve them for you and get the result in your favour. My hats off to Joe Serpa's expertise, experience and understanding beyond the limitations of pure legalistic interpretation of the criminal law. I highly recommend Joe Serpa as an excellent Lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you.
Thank you, Joe, for helping me with my Clerk Magistrate's Hearing. Because of your expertise, I have a chance to a brighter future. With great gratitude
Posted by John | May 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Court Case Defendant
Joe was really ahead of the game with my case. He predicted three possible outcomes for it and worked to achieve the best of the three possible outcomes. Joe worked tirelessly to understand me as a person and hold up that image in the court room and when speaking to members of the court. He was ambitious and fought hard to get me cleared. He reached the best possible outcome for my case and I was let free of charges because of his hard work and focus on the case. We persevered and made it to the end of the case with no issues and I couldn't be more relieved with the results. I'm so grateful for the work he did following hiring him.
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Posted by Fabian | March 23, 2016
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Wonderful experience
My experience with Attorney Serpa was wonderful! He represented me in two different cases and was impressive to say the least. Always a phone call or text message away. Confident and aggressive when he needed to be. Calming and thorough when meeting with me. Attentive to detail. Both of my cases ended in dismissals thanks to the help of Attorney Serpa. Without any hesitation, I would recommend Attorney Serpa to anyone who needs a GOOD lawyer because he is the best!
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Posted by Sen | January 22, 2016
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Serpa is an excellent lawyer
Joe did excellent work. He listened to me and explained carefully on relevant laws. Solutions he proposed are constructive and people accepted with satisfaction.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Mr. Serpa helped me out of a hard time. He prepared me for the proceeding, he took time to answer all of my questions and was very reassuring. He made me feel like he had a handle of what was going on.. I'm very grateful, he did a wonderful job.
Posted by Ashley | November 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
Joe Serpa helped my family member get out of some serious charges. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a lawyer. Joe always made sure that we were updated on the case, that we knew exactly what the next step was, and set a good plan of defense.
Posted by S & L | October 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
You want Joe as your advocate
To say Joe is an exceptional layer is an understatement. Joe will be by your side every step on the way. He is a caring attorney and is passionate about getting a fair outcome for his clients, i.e. you. His extensive expertise and diverse case load provides you with an attorney that knows the system and can provide you with realistic advice. I wouldn't trust my life or career in anyone else's hands. He offers creative approaches to best advocate for you. He is serious, taken serious, and well respected. You have a sense of calmness, even when faced with stressful situations, knowing Joe is in your corner. He works hard to make your representation the best it can be, and he doesn't miss any little detail. Hiring Joe is the best decision you will ever make. Listening to him will be the second.
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2015
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Obtained a Protection Order for my daughter
Mr. Serpa did excellent work in getting a protection order for my daughter. He returned my call promptly and met with us the same day. He had a plan and worked through the evening so that we could go to court the next day. He spoke reassuringly to my daughter and walked her through the court process. He was very knowledgeable about the proceedings and worked with us to meet our goals of keeping our daughter safe. Joe cares about his clients and makes himself available for consultation during and outside of normal business hours. I would highly recommend Joe Serpa to friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2015
Helped a lot
Joe was a great lawyer. He was quick to get to work on the case and always kept me informed in everything that was happening even if that meant he hadn't heard anything and we were still waiting. He was very forthright with what to expect and got me the best possible deal that I could've asked for. Would definitely recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2015
Would Highly Recommend
Mr. Serpa was patient, understanding, knowledgeable and he kept me well informed. He provided his input and opinion on handling my case and still managed to uphold my desires throughout my case. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2015
Division of Insurance Board of Appeal
Attorney Serpa successfully represented me before the Division of Insurance Board of Appeal on June 25, 2015. Joe is an honest, talented, and tenacious attorney, I recommend him to anyone looking for a positive outcome.
Posted by Michael F. | June 19, 2015
Great, attentive attorney.
Mr. Serpa represented my son in a criminal case involving a fight in a bar. Things were pretty concerning because there were significant injuries to the other kid in the fight. Mr. Serpa (miraculously) worked out a resolution with the DAs Office that kept my son in college and saved him from a criminal record. I understand now what all the other reviewers said about Mr. Serpa being accessible and concerned about his clients. I don't think I ever waited overnight for a call back, and usually got him on the phone or by email immediately to answer all my questions. I really recommend this lawyer without hesitation.
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Posted by Leonardo almonte | June 15, 2015
excelente! !!
No es tenido la oportunidad de conocer sus persona, pero es escuchados hablar de usted, muy buena referencia como abogado u como persona, excelente, felicidades y de mi parte tendrá mi recomendación.
Posted by Deyaniira balbi | June 5, 2015
Excelente abogado
Es un excelente abogado me ayudo a resolver mi caso de manera rápida estoy muy complacida de haber trabajado con el es muy responsable siempre atendió mis llamadas llego puntual siempre a las citas realmente lo recomiendo
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014.

Reciprocal - Suspension issued in ME, 2014
updated on 03/20/2016

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 CLIENT 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. 60-day suspension because of a faulty memory of minor fact 15 years before.”

Reciprocal - Suspension issued in RI, 2014
updated on 03/20/2016

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 CLIENT 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. 60-day suspension because of a faulty memory of minor fact 15 years before.”

Suspension issued in MA, 2014
updated on 06/27/2019

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.

Suspension issued in MA, 2014
updated on 03/20/2016

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 CLIENT 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. 60-day suspension because of a faulty memory of minor fact 15 years before.”

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Serpa Law Office
  • 1998 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Regan Associates, Chartered
  • 2003 - 2014
  • Owner
  • Law Office of J. Serpa
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society Nyc
  • 1996 - 1998
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1996

Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • No Speaking Engagements Yet
  • None
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (25)
Endorse Jose
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Jose is a great traffic ticket lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer and without reservation! He works hard for his clients and is a great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a skilled litigator who can be counted on to get results for his clients in the toughest cases."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Serpa is a hardworking and talented advocate on behalf of his clients with a true passion for achieving the best results."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable and goes above and beyond to get great results for clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jose has extensive experience in the area of criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Serpa defended a client in a matter in which I was the prosecutor. In my estimation, he was a diligent and competent attorney. He know the system and is well liked in the courts. I would not hesitate to recommend his skills in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jose Serpa! He is a great Lawyer that fights for the rights of his clients. I have seen him in Court for over a decade now and have witnessed his passion and intensity as a voice for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jose is an excellent attorney. He is well respected by Judges and his peers. A great litigator who is always prepared and fights for his clients at every stage of the case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Serpa is a wonderful advocate for his clients who can be trusted to get the best results for his clients. He is a tireless advocate who is very client oriented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jose Serpa works hard, listens intently to his clients and does an excellent and professional representation for his clients. He gives 110%."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Serpa is a highly capable, experienced lawyer in both misdemeanor and felony matters. He is passionate in his defense of his clients and committed to seeking justice in each case he handles."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Serpa is aggressive, hard working, and professional. He has extensive knowledge of criminal matters and I would not hesitate to refer him cases within his areas of expertise."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jose. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Boston Criminal defense Lawyer Jose L. Serpa
Jose L. Serpa
Criminal defense Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 27 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014. See details