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James Powderly

Criminal defense Attorney at Falmouth, MA

5.0   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 19 years
    Rhode Island - RI 17 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2007
    Resigned No misconduct found

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  1. Criminal defense

    19 years, 100 cases

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The Law Offices of James P. Powderly
197 Palmer Avenue
Falmouth, MA, 02540
The Law Offices of James P. Powderly
888 Purchase Street
New Bedford, MA, 02740
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Posted by Angelinarae | February 29, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Works until his clients outcome is reached not for broken court systems
Absolutely phenomenal legal representation! From the moment I reached out, this lawyer demonstrated unparalleled expertise, dedication, and compassion. Their strategic approach, attention to detail, and courtroom prowess resulted in a favorable outcome beyond my expectations. I highly recommend James and his services to anyone in need of top-notch criminal defense. Thank you for your exceptional advocacy!
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2013
Knowledgeable Advocate
James provided excellent counsel. He reviewed the facts of the case and communicated all of the available options and explained the pros and cons of each potential outcome. James used his knowledge of the system to expedite the matter. He handled all of the painstaking paperwork and contacted the various parties to move the case through the system. The ability to manage and expedite the matter allowed me to move forward with my life which can be very difficult when facing a large obstacle. Overall, James exceeded my expectations and I would retain him in the future due to his professionalism, attention to detail, and diverse skill set (e.g., management, law/court system knowledge, communication, etc.)
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2013
Very helpful and hard working
This review is from a criminal matter on Cape Cod. I was lucky enough to find Mr. Powderly after speaking with a couple other lawyers. The other lawyers quoted extremely high prices, and after a few minutes of speaking with them I had a bad feeling. They made promises and I felt they were telling me what I wanted to hear at a very difficult time in my life. Atty. Powderly was very straightforward with me and only told the truth. His quoted price I felt was reasonable for the amount of effort and time he would have to put it. Above all I had a good feeling about him. After the initial hearing did not go in my favor, Mr. Powderly fought hard to get the decision overturned at subsequent hearings. He was always attentive to my questions and phone calls. At the trial he was very prepared and made excellent arguments. The charges were dismissed after before the trial.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2013
Highly recommend Attorney James Powderly
We found ourselves in a very awkward situation and as we do not have legal training we were unsure where to turn. We searched and searched for an attorney to assist us. Attorney James Powderly was extremely responsive and immediately offered to meet with us. He very promptly met with us and had detailed discussions. We were astounded by his professional manner. He provided a plan of action to assist us. We followed through with exactly the plan he presented. We are extremely pleased that Attorney James Powderly assisted us with professionalism and timeliness that was very helpful. We highly recommend Attorney James Powderly.
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Posted by Mark | July 11, 2011
Superb attorney!
I was arrested in RI for Driving Under Suspension (Statute #31-11 18.1) and Speeding (Statute #31-14 2A). Facing mandatory jail time, and also loss of my Work Permit (see below) I retained Atty. Powderly to defend me. The extenuating circumstances were that I was under suspension in CT, and had applied for a Work Permit from DMV, allowing me to still drive for my job. About a week BEFORE getting pulled over, I'd been told byt CT DMV that the permit was in the system, and was being processed. Unfortunately, the person that I spoke to gave me bad information, and I found out after the fact I needed to re-apply and send another fee in, which I did. About 10 days AFTER getting these charges, I did receive the special Work Permit. However the judge had no sympathy, and said that there was no way that she could reduce or dismiss the charges. Atty. Powderly then went to bat for me with the State Prosecuter, and also the Police Prosecuter. After going back and forth with them, he was able to get both charges dismissed, and I was sentenced to 60 Hrs. of community service, along with paying a fine to MADD. He has helped me greatly to get my life back on track, and will be forever grateful for his expertise and services! I cannot recommend Atty. Powderly strongly enough! Regards, Mark
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Posted by Dave | December 28, 2010
Absolutely the right guy for the job
I just want everyone out there to know my experience. James helped me out immensly. I got into trouble in foster, just over the limit. James sat down with me and explained what he could do. He explained he couldn't do miracles, but was confident that he could help. Long story short, I still can drive and go to work. This was exactly I was looking for. This man is worth at least talking to. The only other thing I find important to mention is his character. I asked James why he choose to be this type of lawyer. He said it's because good people make some mistakes, and that's what this field involves. Thanks again James
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Posted by Joey | January 25, 2010
awesome lawyer who gets the job done !
I First met Attourney Powderly under horrible circumstances when i was charged for a Dui and wreckless operation .. my breathalyzer was .15 , I Knew i was in trouble it was my first offense and a situation i thought id never find myself in but after meeting with Mr. Powderly i had a sigh of relief knowing i would be in Good hands. He forced my case to trial and the DA backed down! I cant begin to thank him enough knowing what hes done for me. Nothing ever made it to my record , and the whole case was eventually Dimissed! I Would without thinking twice recommend attourney James powderly to anyone who finds themselves in a rut like i found myself that day.
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Posted by Andy | January 15, 2010
Review of Attorney James Powderly
My initial meeting with Attorney Powderly was not under the best of circumstances as I had recently been charged with some very serious felony offenses and to put it honestly was scared and frightened as to what my future would hold. I was in a professional field and had made an terrible lapse in judgment that resulted in my detainment for charges of which Driving Under the Influence was the least of my worries. I was facing the stark realization that I could have given away my entire professional career due to one bad evening. I remember not being able to sleep at night because I didn't really know what would become of these serious criminal allegations. The day I met James he told me quite honestly that I was in a lot of hot water but he would fight for me as he would for any friend or member of his family. We outlined a strategy to accomplish the main goal of seeking his counsel, which was to salvage my professional reputation and career. James worked with me for countless hours battling with prosecutors and orchestrating a marvelous defensive strategy which in the end resulted in the outright dismissal of all felony charges against my name as well as numerous misdemeanors including the charge of driving under the influence. When I look back on that night I realize that my judgment was clearly clouded and without the steadfast defense of James, I may well have ruined my entire career. Also of note should be the work James did following the resolution of my criminal charges. Within a year James had the remaining charges expunged completely from my criminal record and it was if the entire experience had never happened. I cannot thank Attorney Powderly enough for his efforts and was more than willing to write this testimonial almost 3 full years after my transgressions.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2010
DUI 1st time offender, BAC of .15 or over
When I got arrested for a DUI, I was a 1st time offender with a breathalyzer result of .157. Attorney Powderly was able to beat the DUI and thanks to him it won't appear on my record. I would highly recommend Attorney Powderly.
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2009
Professional, highly skilled communicator and extremely knowledgeable.
I had been stopped and charged with DUI and a chemical refusal 1st offense. I did not have any record, nor had I ever been arrested. I refused the test because I am not from Rhode Island and did not know the penalty for refusal of same. I am a professional individual with a family and I knew after reading the law in Rhode Island about the refusal of the test I was in for a battle. Once I returned home I knew I had to find an attorney in Rhode Island that could help me. I searched the web and found James Powderly. James spoke with me that morning, took the information, emailed me paperwork and began that day to represent me. After meeting with James I felt confident he was the attorney to represent me. My outcome for my first offense was a manageable one and I am very grateful to James for allowing me that.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2009
Great Lawyer
This past August I found myself facing a DUI and refusal charge. Not aware of the consequences for refusal, I put myself in a bad situation. I searched the web and came upon James Powderly's website. The information on his site was greatly informative and that information told me how the law works....I was screwed... I'm an IT professional and the thoughts of losing my license and my job were devastating! I commute 50 miles one way, how was that going to happen if I lose my license!!! James Powderly's site provides phone number with a free no obligation consultation.... I called right then and there.... James replied to my call within a couple of hours....this was on a Sunday! As I discussed my situation, James was very informative to the process and the scope of the offense...I must admit, talking with him and understanding what I was in for at least put my mind at easy... I hired James Powderly to represent me as my lawyer and the ball started rolling immediately. With the number of court dates consequent with DUI and refusal, James and his team of attorneys were there every step of the way, explaining what was going to happen, what they were going to do, and what the expected outcome would be. The team of James Powderly really put my mind at ease and made the impact of this ordeal minimal. The outcome of this ordeal was great! James and his team saved my job and kept my record clean... If you get in the situation I was in, I recommend James Powderly! I have been recommending him to all my friends in the event they face the same offense!
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2009
Extremely satisfied with Attorney James Powderly's representation on my behalf
I had been stopped and charged with DUI and a chemical refusal 1st offense. I am in my forty's and was very concerned about the impact to my professional career and the consequences. I have always tried to do the right thing and this was the worst mistake I had made. On very short notice I was referred to Attorney James Powderly. I contacted his website, started a chat and shortly thereafter Attorney James contacted me by phone. In detail he explained his services and agreed to represent me. That was on a Friday. On Monday he was in court by my side. He was able to get the DUI dismissed which was my main objective. He was professional, compassionate and handled everything. I am very grateful for his ability to accomplish what he said he could and for his kindness and understanding throughout the whole proceedings. I highly recommend Attorney James Powderly without hesitation or reservation for anyone finding themselves in similiar circumstances.
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DUI and DWI Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known James for years through our membership and work with the National College for DUI Defense. It was no surprise, then when his reputation as a talented DUI warrior reached Florida. James is my "go-to-guy" when I need help in Rhode Island."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is the go-to guy for DUIs in Rhode Island. I call him when I need to refer clients or find out about RI license issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Powderly is one of the best criminal defense lawyers around. Always prepared, aggressive, and does the right thing for his clients. Highly recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His insightful contributions to Avvo show his thorough knowledge of criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is the most gifted DUI lawyer I know. He has an in-depth understanding of DUI law and is relentless in his pursuit of justice for his clients. He's my first call if I'm ever arrested for DUI."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Attorney Powederly in Orlando FL at a Field Sobriety Test Course. His work ethic and knowledge of the law truly impressed me. He has my highest endorsement as a lawyer who can successfully defend you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Powderly is a highly skilled attorney in the area of DUI and I recommend his services. His reputation as a fierce client advocate reaches all the way to the West Coast--he is that good."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James approaches his cases with the right attitude: the arresting officer must prove my client is guilty, or we go to trial. The first requirement of a true advocate is teh willingness to fight. James embodies that spirit of being the client's warrior, and that spirit translates into a winning attitude for one of Rhode Island's finest criminal defenders."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Attorney Powderly is a well trained and well educated professional who is respected in his community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Powderly's extensive training, knowledge and experience with regards to DUIs and criminal defense make him an invaluable asset to have on your side in the courtroom."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Powderly has proven himself through years of intense trial litigation to be a dedicated and ethical advocate for the citizen among us who has been accused of a crime. He uses his reputation, knowledge and experience to maximize the chances of obtaining the best result possible for those who trust him to defend them. One given to fighting for his client's rights, he is not, however, given to fighting to put his client in a worse position, but rather he tactically and purposefully attacks each case in his trademark professionally aggressive style. I trust him and so should you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The thing that separates Jim from most other attorneys is his dedication and passion for his clients and for his work. There are few other attorneys that are as dedicated and hardworking and as a result Jim can and has achieved some terrrific results for his clients. I would highly reccommend him to someone in need!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hardcore, aggressive, never give up, gets you the best deal possible or takes the prosecutor down."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Powderly is extremely knowledgeable, aggressive and dedicated to the representation of his client and I would highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Attorney Powderly on several cases and I have been extremely impressed with his legal knowledge and his tenacious representation of his clients. His character is second to none and his work ethic is one of the top in the state. I endorse Attorney Powderly without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a talented lawyer. He is extremely well prepared in court, comfortable in the court room and knowledgeable about all issues relating to DUI defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Powderly does outstanding work for his clients. He is reliable, and has extensive knowledge of the law in the criminal field. He fights hard, and gets great results for his clients. Toughness and hard wok is what he is about."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James takes zealous advocacy in DUI defense to a whole new level! He is committed and creative. Further, as a member of the National College of DUI Defense, he is schooled in the science of blood and breath testing. I highly recommend James!"
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Falmouth Criminal defense Lawyer James Powderly
James Powderly
Criminal defense Attorney
Falmouth, MA
Licensed for 19 years