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Andover is a city of 33,700 people just south of the New Hampshire border and 22 miles north of Boston. Modern Andover may be most famous as the location of Phillips Academy, a private preparatory school that is one of the oldest boarding schools in the United States. However, it is also rich with U.S. history, both colonial and later. Andover figured in the Salem witch trials, when more than 40 residents were accused and three were convicted. During the Civil War, several residents provided stops on the Underground Railroad, including author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Citizens of Andover who have legal matters before the state use the Lawrence District Court, which also serves Lawrence itself, North Andover and Methuen.
Andover is a fairly small and well-heeled town, perhaps reflecting the fact that it’s within commuting distance to Lowell, Boston and Manchester, N.H. But Andover residents who get into legal trouble may find themselves surprised at the size and diversity of the district court, which is located in a city with about twice as many people and people of many different ethnic and financial backgrounds. The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman has handled serious and violent crimes in this court, including assault, battery, carjacking, home-invasion robberies and drug trafficking. Of course, our criminal defense lawyers have also handled misdemeanor and less serious crimes at the court, such as drug possession, manufacture and cultivation; weapons violations; operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and traffic violations.
If you’re accused of a crime in Andover or anywhere else in eastern Massachusetts, you need experienced legal representation, fast. Even a misdemeanor conviction can have serious effects on your life, causing problems with your job, your loved ones and your future plans. For example, a first conviction for OUI (drunk driving) means losing your driver’s license for three months to a year, possible jail time or probation and numerous fines and fees. It also causes secondary problems, such as a sharp increase in auto insurance rates and trouble getting to your job or other obligations. More serious crimes can carry prison time and give you a felony criminal record. With that much at stake, you should call criminal defense attorney Stephen Neyman to discuss your case, its most likely outcomes and how he can help.
The Law Office of Stephen Neyman offers free phone consultations, so you can talk to us without any further risk or obligation. To set one up, you can contact us online or call (617) 263-6800. Andover residents are also welcome to make an appointment in person at our conveniently close by North Andover office. To reach it from central Andover, drive north on Andover Road/Route 133, then turn left on Sutton Street. The office will be to your right at 200 Sutton Street, near Lawrence Municipal Airport. Boston commuters may also want to visit our office at 50 Congress Street, which can be reached by following Interstate 93 south all the way into the city. Exit at Government Center, exit 24A, then turn left at John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road. Make a right at State Street and a left onto Congress Street.