Criminal Charges in Salem

Salem MA Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’re charged with a crime in Salem, you need a serious attorney to handle your case. Get an experienced Salem Criminal Defense Lawyer to defend you today.

Based in downtown Boston, Attorney Simons regularly defends clients in Salem and throughout Essex County. Some of those cases have been publicized in the news, such as The Salem News, ABC News, and even the Associated Press.  In addition to a number of high profile cases, we have built up a winning record by successfully defending clients against criminal charges in Salem District and Superior Courts.

We’ve had so much demand on the North Shore that we opened a full-time office in downtown Salem, MA.  Our criminal defense Salem office is located at

30 Church Street, Suite 202
Salem, Massachusetts 01970  

You can call our Salem office directly at (978) 741-7000.

Some of our recent results in Salem District Court & Essex Superior Court in Salem include:

Charge: Rape
Result: Not Guilty

Charges: 20 counts involving firearms & impersonation of a police officer
Result: Not Guilty on everything.  read more here.

Charges: Assault and Battery w/ Dangerous Weapon (Knife) & Domestic Assault and Battery on a Household or Family Member

Result: All Charges Dismissed

Charges: Destruction of Property and Indecent Exposure

Result: All Charges Dismissed

Charges: Domestic Assault and Battery on a Household or Family Member
Result: Dismissed

Charge: Reckless Endangerment of a Child under 18
Result: Dismissed

Charges: Assault w/ Dangerous Weapon (Knife) & Threat to Commit a Crime (Murder)
Result: All Charges Dismissed

Charge: Filing a False Police Report
Result: Dismissed Prior to Formal Charge

Charge: Assault and Battery
Resut: Dismissed Prior to Formal Charge

Charge: Fraud
Result: Dismissed Prior to Formal Charge

Charge: Marked Lanes Violation
Result: Dismissed

There are three criminal courts in Salem: Essex Superior Court, Salem District Court, and Essex County Juvenile Court. All three are located in the new Ruane Judicial Center, 56 Federal Street, Salem, MA 01970. The District Court entertains all misdemeanors and some felonies, while the Superior Court has jurisdiction over all major felonies in Essex County. The Juvenile Court handles youthful offender cases.

One of the most widely known aspects of Salem’s history are the witch trials. Many popular accounts begin with Abigail Williams and Betty Parris playing with a Venus glass and an egg, along with friends. At the time, many people believed witchcraft to be real, causing great panic in the Puritan community. In fact, witchcraft was a serious felony at the time. Judge John Hathorne is perhaps the best-known witch trial judge. His nickname, the “Hanging Judge,” comes from his practice of sentencing witches to death.

Today, Salem enjoys a lower crime rate than the Massachusetts average. However, serious criminal charges are lodged every day. No matter what type of crime you’re facing, whether you are young or old, a parent, a child, a Salem resident or a tourist, criminal charges can be devastating. A conviction can lead to enormous consequences. If you’re facing felony or misdemeanor criminal charges in Salem, you need a high-quality defense attorney to fight for you.

If you or a loved one is facing charges in Salem or anywhere in Massachusetts, contact our criminal defense attorneys today for a free phone consultation at (617) 657-4464.

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