JCO Law Firm - Expert Criminal DefenseWelcome to JCO Law Firm. We are a Massachusetts Criminal Defense Firm, based in Cambridge, MA.  -  serving the Greater Boston area, Middlesex county, and Essex county.

We regularly represent clients in a variety of criminal defense matters before the district and superior courts of Massachusetts, and can help provide valuable counsel and representation when you need it most – after you’ve been charged with a crime, or when you are otherwise facing civil sanctions.

Unlike other firms that will take any case that crosses their door, at JCO Law Firm, we believe in offering our clients a specialized narrowly tailored approach to their legal problems so that you know that you’re getting the best and most expert advice.  Accordingly, we take great pride in concentrating our practice to the following areas:

Civil Traffic Violations (Speeding, Red Light Violation, Stop Sign, etc.)

Motor Vehicle Surcharge Appeal BostonMassachusetts Civil Traffic Infractions | Boston Traffic Ticket LawyerIn Massachusetts – driving over the speed limit, failing to use turn signals when changing lanes, failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, failing to yield, etc. are all considered to be civil motor vehicle traffic infractions. Commonly, penalties include increased points on your license, substantial fines, and under certain circumstance, loss of license. Our Boston Traffic Ticket Lawyers can help you fight your traffic ticket. We regularly represent individuals at Civil Motor Vehicle Infraction Hearings, and District Court Appeals. We can help you beat your traffic ticket

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Motor Vehicle Crimes (DUI, Negligent Operation, Suspended License,etc.)

iStock_000022465123XSmall2-e1388802848431Massachusetts law treats civil and criminal traffic infractions very differently. While most civil infractions, such as speeding, include fines and points on your license, criminal traffic charges or motor vehicle crimes often come with the possibility of jail time, massive fines, loss of license for a prolonged period of time, and more. Common criminal traffic infractions or motor vehicle crimes can include operating on a suspended license, driving negligently so as to endanger, reckless driving, driving without a license, drag racing, failure to show plates and/or registration, and of course DUI/OUI.

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Drug Crimes ( Possession and Distriubtion)

DrugDistributionMassachusetts drug laws encompass a number of controlled substances and a vast array of offenses. The most common drug offenses under Massachusetts law are drug possession and drug trafficking, although there are other offenses carved out in the code, including offenses involving drugs and firearms, drugs and kidnapping, and even forced drug use. According to the executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the majority of drug arrests are made for possession or use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and prescription drugs. In terms of sentencing, Massachusetts generally relies on mandatory minimums passed by the legislature. Mandatory minimums are sentencing laws that require a certain sentence to be imposed, even if the judge might think the punishment is too severe. These mandatory minimums depend not only on the type of drug involved, but the quantity of the drug as well. See the chart below for sentencing details.

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Theft Crimes (Petty Theft and Grand Larceny, etc.)

TheftRobberyUnder Massachusetts law, there are various theft crimes for which a person can be charged. Theft crimes can be felonies or misdemeanors, and there is a wide range of possible punishments. The punishment depends on many factors, including: the crime committed, whether the defendant has a criminal record, whether the defendant has been convicted of a theft crime in the past, and whether the defendant used a weapon. If you have been charged with any theft crime in Massachusetts, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Depending on the particular theft crime and the facts of your case, you could be facing time in prison, fines, restitution, probation, or community service.

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Assault and Battery (Simple And Aggravated Assault)

AssaultBatteryJCO Law Firm | Boston Assault and Battery AttorneyIn Massachusetts, assault generally constitutes a threat of violence, while battery refers to the unlawful physical contact of another person without his or her consent. No actual physical harm has to occur for an assault & battery charge to be filed—the alleged threat followed by a merely intended action, such as throwing an object at someone or attempting to push him or her—can be enough for police officers to make an arrest. There are numerous forms of assault and battery including: Aggravated Assault, Assault and Battery on a child, Assault and Battery With A Deadly Weapon, Assault With Intent To Rob or Murder, Assault With Intent To Commit A Felony, Vehicular Assault, and Domestic Assault And Battery.

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Gun Crimes (Unlawful Possession)

iStock_000011711299XSmall If you are convicted for illegal weapons possession anywhere in Massachusetts, you will lose your right to own one. If your concealed weapons charge is accompanied by any other criminal charges, such as attempted robbery, sexual assault, or murder, you could be subject to harsher and lengthier penalties.

Massachusetts has some of the harshest weapons possession laws in the United States. A conviction for illegal possession of a weapon comes with a minimum sentence that cannot be lowered.

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Sealing Criminal Records

u1_optThe expungement of a criminal record involves the removal or destruction of that record. In Massachusetts, there are only a few situations where a judge can order the expungement of a criminal record including: When a criminal defendant is charged and convicted under the “wrong identity,” the innocent person’s name can be expunged from the record; An abuse prevention order that was fraudulently acquire; A delinquency case that was dismissed because of insufficient evidence can be expunged from police records. Once you are arraigned for a crime in Massachusetts, you will automatically have a criminal record—even if the charges are thrown out, the case is dismissed, or a jury finds that you are “not guilty.” Your criminal offender record information (“CORI”) is easily accessible to anyone who needs to access this information, including employers, schools, professional organizations, and housing authorities

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We know that when it comes to choosing a Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney, you have options – so why choose our firm? The reason is simple: We get you out of trouble fast, and we do so at an affordable price.

At JCO Law Firm you get the representation you need at a price you can afford.

We make three guarantees to each and every client we represent:

  • First, we guarantee that when you retain JCO Law Firm, our Boston Traffic Violation Attorneys will work with you to develop the best possible criminal defense available within your budget. Some clients want a criminal defense with all the extras – expert criminal defense witnesses, private investigators, laboratory analysis, and so on. We are happy to provide that for our clients. However, we also know that some clients just want the best defense they can get within their budget.  At JCO Law Firm, we custom tailor your defense to your budget. We even offer our clients free initial case evaluations and flexible payment plan options. When you do business with our firm, the price we agree upon is the price you pay – no additional hidden fees – no tricks.
  • Second, we guarantee you the highest possible level of customer service. No unanswered phone calls. No wondering about the status of your case. Some law firms believe that clients should write a check and then leave the attorney alone to work his magic. At JCO Law Firm, our Boston Traffic Violation Attorneys know that we are here to serve you. We welcome your calls and are happy to provide detailed updates regularly on the progress of your case as well as answer any questions you may have along the way. We believe in a true partnership – one that values our clients.
  • Third, we guarantee you that we will fight harder on your behalf than anyone else. At JCO Law Firm, our Boston Traffic Violation Attorneys make it their mission to go above and beyond what other firms or attorneys will do. We stay up nights thinking about your case. That’s what makes our firm the best. We genuinely care about you and making sure you get out of trouble. Criminal Defense is what we do. In fact, it’s all we do.


  Managing Partner and Founder of JCO Law Firm, PC.

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My name is John C. Olivieri, Esq. I am a Boston Criminal Lawyer, and the Founder and President of JCO Law Firm, PC. When I moved to Boston from Washington D.C. about  two years ago, I had one goal in mind: create the best Criminal Defense Firm in the Greater Boston area. Every day, I work hard to make sure that’s exactly what JCO Law Firm is – the best! So, as I said, I am a Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer, and the Founder and President at JCO Law Firm – but that’s not all I am: I am a native New Yorker, a small business owner, an expectant father, a son, a brother and a dog owner. I am a political activist, a traveler and a huge sports fan too!

I began my legal career in Criminal Defense. I have worked for the prosecution. I know how they think, and I know how to beat them. After graduation from law school, I took a position at a prestigious corporate law office of an internationally renowned firm doing International Commercial Arbitration. But I was dissatisfied helping big business get even bigger. I wanted to open my own shop. I wanted to get back to being a Criminal Lawyer. I wanted to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves, and I wanted to do it here in Boston.

So, I decided to leave the big law life and big law paychecks, and come to Massachusetts to open my own Criminal Defense Firm – and I did, JCO Law Firm, and we have been going strong since. Our Boston Criminal Lawyers fight prosecutors, negotiate plea bargains, represent clients at trial and guide clients through the complex web that is the Massachusetts criminal justice system.  

We get our clients out of trouble fast and we do so at an affordable price.

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Don’t Take Our Word For It – Get The Facts Straight From Recent Former Clients 

“Case Dismissed!” 5/5 Stars.
- Posted by Simon,  Speeding Ticket client, 

I reached out to about 6-7 lawyers for my speeding ticket (76 in a 45). John Olivieri at JCO Law Firm was one of 2 that actually responded. He was very knowledgeable and informative over the phone. He explained the process, fees, and expectations of the case. We met in person prior to our meeting and he took down lots of notes and went through the whole process with me. At the hearing, the 3 people before me had no lawyer, and were all found responsible for their infractions. When we went up, he spoke for me and got the ticket dismissed. Not only did it save me over $300 but also the added insurance hikes would have made it a very expensive speeding ticket. His rate was very reasonable and I would definitely use him and/or recommend him in the future!

“Friendly, Helpful, Approachable, and Provides an Excellent Defense”  5/5 Stars.
- Posted by Matthew, Speeding Ticket Client, 

After getting my first traffic ticket and realizing that it would bring my insurance rates up dramatically I realized I needed a lawyer. After doing lots of research online and calling a half-dozen firms I chose John Olivieri at JCO and I am glad I did. Of all the lawyers I talked to John was by far the most helpful and approachable (in contrast one firm I called was flippant and almost rude). He took the time to carefully answer my general questions over the phone and then was super helpful and responsive after I met him and in all our emails back and forth over the course of my case. Best of all, he came up with an excellent defense and I was declared ‘not responsible’ for the tick. Thank you John!”

“10/10 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” 5/5 Stars.
- Posted by Sebastion, Criminal Traffic Violation Client about 1 month ago.

“Great Attorney here! Relaxed/no pressure attitude, communicative, honest/up front about everything you ask for, and dedicated to helping you out. He is professional, will build a solid defense for you, and do his best to get violations being challenged with dismissed. I faced four counts of traffic violations which all were dismissed! 10/10 would rehire if needed! Highly recommended! Thank you.”

- Posted by Michael, Criminal Defense Client, 

 “I went to the JCO law firm recently, and immediately felt at ease about my legal woes. John was very friendly and warm, and listened and assessed my case quickly. He gave me a few viable options as to how I could proceed, and when I left, I felt confident in my choice of legal representation. Overall I have the confidence going forward that John is the right choice to represent me in court.”

-Posted by Kristin, DUI Client, 

“I visited JCO Law Firm to help me out with a DUI charge. Attorney John Olivieri was great. He was smart, and caring, and got my case dismissed. He even worked with me on the price. If you are facing DUI charges I definitely recommend this firm.”



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