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We have decades of experience representing clients charged with violent crimes. Our attorneys have handled over forty murder cases and have represented clients facing charges of first-degree murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, vehicular homicide, and armed robbery, as well as cases involving racketeering, extortion, and organized crime. We have also represented juvenile offenders accused of murder, arson, and other serious violent offenses. We have and continue to defend people against the ultimate penalties that can be imposed by government: death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

When representing a person charged with a serious crime, we bring all resources to bear and consider all possible strategies. We make use of the collective knowledge and creative legal thinking of our extraordinary legal team to develop a theory of the case and a strategy for defending our client. Using this framework as a starting point, we leave no stone unturned in investigating the case and building a defense, using some of the best investigators, psychologists, DNA experts, medical doctors, and other experts in the country, all of whom we have built relationships with over years of collaborating on cases. Armed with this information, we have tried numerous cases before juries and judges with a high rate of success.

We have also negotiated plea deals where it has been advantageous to our client and our client’s wishes and the evidence have called for it. Our willingness to take cases to trial helps us when negotiating pleas with prosecutors, and in some cases has given clients the possibility of getting out of prison when they were facing a lifetime of imprisonment with no hope of release.

Some of Our Successes in Representing People Accused of Violent Crimes Include:
  • Our client was found not guilty of first-degree murder following a jury trial where one of the alleged surviving victims testified and identified our client as the perpetrator of the crime.

  • We represented a client facing the death penalty for charges of murder and racketeering in federal court. We made a presentation to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and the government decided not to seek the death penalty against our client. We then tried the case to a jury in federal district court in Boston, and we obtained a verdict of not guilty for our client.

  • We obtained a not guilty verdict for a client following a jury trial in a multi-defendant racketeering case in federal court where our client was the alleged assassin in multiple gang shootings.

  • In a federal armed robbery case where the alleged victim was shot our client was found not guilty after the jury deliberated for only two hours.

  • We were successful in convincing a judge to dismiss our client’s indictment for murder where the prosecutor had improperly presented highly prejudicial evidence to the grand jury.

  • In two separate cases involving charges of attempted murder, we used our experts to convince a judge that our clients were not responsible for the crimes for reason of insanity.

  • We convinced a state prosecutor to reduce a felony charge of armed assault with intent to rob, to assault with a dangerous weapon, and ultimately a judge agreed to a short suspended sentence.

If you have been arrested or charged with a violent crime, it is important to get legal advice immediately. Call us at (617) 742-6020 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with us.

Client Reviews
I hired Mr. Duncan to deal with a very sensitive issue that my daughter had. Since the first contact, I had a very good impression of him. He transmitted confidence and appeared to know exactly what to do. I called and emailed him many times, he was polite and comprehensible with the anxiety of a father and appeared to know every step to solve the case. I strongly recommend Mr. Duncan. Flavio Lajoia
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