Referrals Welcome

The Law Office of William S. Smith enthusiastically welcomes referrals from other legal practitioners, including of criminal and civil appeals of cases which you or a colleague may have tried. Our practice includes a vast array of appellate matters, including: major felony appeals like murder, homicide, drug trafficking, sex offenses, federal criminal appeals, civil litigation appeals, divorce and family law appeals, Sex Offender Registry appeals, Sexually Dangerous Persons appeals, administrative law appeals, Bureau of Special Education Appeals, and more. Mr. Smith has spoken at numerous legal seminars focusing on appeals (see also “Speaking Engagements” menu). He is also the founder and moderator of the first and only website listserv for appellate criminal defense attorneys in the state, “MassCriminalAppeals.”

Contact us at (774) 317-9287 or holdenattorney@gmail.com so we may assist your clients who are in need of a referral.

A small sample of some of our published appellate cases of note includes:

Commonwealth v. Lora, 451 Mass. 425 (2008) (Landmark case defining the legal standard to be applied in racial profiling automobile stop claims, and accepting that statistical evidence is, in fact, relevant and admissible in support of such claims)

Doe 3844 v. Sex Offender Registry Board, 447 Mass. 768 (2006) (First case to address the issue of the constitutionality of the statutory and regulatory hearings procedures set forth in th Massachusetts Sex Offender law)

Commonwealth v. Rodriguez, 75 Mass. App. Ct. 235 (2009) (First reported Mass. case to vacate conviction on the weight element in trafficking case in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Melendez-Diaz)

Commonwealth v. LaPlante, 73 Mass. App. Ct. 199 (2007) (First case to address the issue of what constitutes legally sufficient evidence under Massachusetts’ new enticement statute)

Commonwealth v. Brazeau, 64 Mass. App. Ct. 65 (2005) (Holding for the first time that the police may not lawfully stop a motorist for the reason that he or she has small objects dangling from the car’s rearview mirror)

Commonwalth v. McCrae, 54 Mass. App. Ct. 27 (2002) (Holding that it constitutes ineffective asisstance of counsel to try defend a case on a defense that is not legally recognized under state law)

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