Criminal Defense

Being charged with a criminal offense can have long lasting consequences in addition to the threat of incarceration. Criminal convictions may affect your driver’s license, employment opportunities, or even preclude you from volunteering at your child’s school. If you have been arrested or accused of a crime in Massachusetts, exercise your right to remain silent and immediately call an experienced lawyer like Attorney Dana A. Sargent. You should never give a statement to the police without consulting with an attorney first.  

 Attorney Dana A. Sargent has been defending those accused of crimes for 15 years, in a wide variety of cases from operating under the influence of alcohol to first degree murder.  Attorney Sargent understands the rights of the criminally accused, as well as the stakes involved for defendants and their families.  He will work tirelessly for you in an effort to get the charges against you dropped or reduced.  Even the most serious cases can often be negotiated by an experienced attorney to get the best result possible for the accused.  When no settlement is possible, Attorney Sargent is an experienced trial attorney, who has tried many cases to juries and litigated a wide array of motions to suppress unfavorable evidence.

We always work closely with clients during the proceeding to craft the most effective defense possible.  Active and aggressive involvement is stressed in every criminal case all the way through trial and post-trial proceedings if necessary.

Our areas of criminal defense practice include, but are not limited to, the following:

Violent Crimes:
Assault and battery, threats, mayhem, manslaughter, murder.

Motor Vehicle Offenses: 
Attaching plates, leaving the scene of an accident, leaving the scene of property damage, negligent operation, driving to endanger, drunk driving (DUI DWI or OUI), unlicensed operation, stolen motor vehicle, malicious damage to motor vehicle, stealing parts, concealing motor vehicle theft, use without authority.

Sex Offenses
Rape by a juvenile, aggravated rape by a juvenile, indecent assault and battery, sexual conduct for a fee (prostitution), sexual assault, committing lewd or wanton acts, open and gross, indecent exposure.

Drug Offenses
Possession of a controlled substance; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; distribution of a controlled substance; school zone violations; trafficking in a controlled substance

Weapons Charges:
Possessions of firearms, gun, knife, mace, pepper spray and dangerous weapons

Theft or Larceny:
Shoplifting, forgery, robbery, armed robbery, receiving stolen property

Civil Right Violations
Intimidation, hate crimes involving race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability

Other Crimes:
Disorderly conduct, harassing or obscene phone calls, disturbing the peace, disturbing school assembly, intimidating a witness or juror, perjury, refusal to obey police officer, resisting arrest, stalking.

Property Crimes: 
Trespassing, willful and malicious destruction of property, vandalism, breaking and entering.

We relentlessly defend the rights of the accused all throughout Massachusetts including, but not limited to, the following areas: New Bedford, Fall River, Wareham, Plymouth, Taunton, Brockton, Quincy, Stoughton, and Attleboro.

For immediate assistance contact Attorney Dana A. Sargent in New Bedford, Massachusetts at (508)-993-9444.


Personal Injury

Insurance companies and insurance adjusters are not on your side.  If you are in an accident in Massachusetts, it is important that you meet with a personal injury accident lawyer as soon as possible.  Often, with the best of intentions, injured people do things that hurt their ability to recover full compensation for their injuries.  Attorney Sargent and staff can guide you through the proceedings of getting a fair settlement from the insurance companies.

Attorney Sargent represents injury victims and families in personal injury accident litigation throughout Massachusetts including the New Bedford area, as well as the communities of Fall River, Wareham, Plymouth, Taunton, Brockton, Quincy, Stoughton, and Attleboro.  We represent real people with real problems associated with head injuries, brain injuries, burns, scarring, fractures, dislocations, knee injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, whiplash and paralysis.  

Our personal injury litigation practice includes:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, auto collisions, crashes and wrecks involving cars, trucks, semi-trucks, motorcycles, boats, bicycles, pedestrians, hit and run accidents, roll-over accidents, drunk driving accidents, and alcohol and drug-related crashes

  • Premises liability claims, construction site accidents, slip and fall accidents, trip and fall injuries, pedestrian accidents, dog bites, animal bites, inadequate or negligent security, boating accidents, swimming pool accidents, carnival and amusement park accidents and recreational injuries

  • Workplace accidents, construction site accidents, falls, burns, toxic chemical exposure, defective machinery, defective tools, fires and explosions

  • Wrongful deaths claims

Many injured people in Massachusetts do not know that they have a right to be reimbursed for medical expenses, medicine, hospital care, therapy, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of future earnings, lost services and care from a spouse or child, lost or damaged property, and permanent injury.  At the Law Office of Dana A. Sargent, we understand Massachusetts personal injury law and can get you what you deserve.  We offer free initial consultations and handle all of our personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that we are paid only if we are able to recover money for your claim, and only from the money that we recover for you.  Our fees are reasonable and we will discuss them with you at the initial meeting.


Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you were physically injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to make a claim for compensation against the responsible party, their insurance company, or other entity. All states have different regulations as to eligibility for claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents.  For example, in Massachusetts, the state may require an individual to have incurred at least $2,000.00 in reasonable medical care expenses to be eligible to file a claim.

You may be eligible to be reimbursed for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering that has resulted from the accident. Generally a person is legally permitted to file a claim against the party responsible for an accident within a limited period of time.  It is important to take prompt action.

If you believe you may be eligible to file a claim, please call to make an in-person appointment with Attorney Dana A. Sargent at (508) 993-9444.

What documents or information should I bring to an appointment?

  • Medical Reports
  • olice Reports
  • Location of Accident
  • Your Health Insurance Information
  • Witness Information
  • Information on the Person You Had the Accident With
    1.  Name and Address
    2.  Driver's license and registration number
    3.  Name of Their Insurance Company
    4.  Car Make and Model


Juvenile Law

Each year in Massachusetts, there are approximately 20,000 juveniles arraigned in court on criminal charges.  Over a quarter of these youths are held annually on bail at the Department of Youth Services (“DYS”) facilities while they await the outcome of their cases.  More and more of these kids are committed to DYS.  The overall DYS population increase, reportedly up 59% from 1994 to 2004, can be attributed to longer average commitment lengths, and the increase in the amount of commitments extended beyond 18 years.  If your child has been arrested or is accused of a crime in Massachusetts, advise them to exercise their right to remain silent and immediately call an experienced juvenile lawyer like Attorney Dana A. Sargent.

 The reality of it all is that today’s juvenile court is a criminal court and lots of kids end up in jail.  Juveniles fall under the same Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure as adults.  The District Attorney in Massachusetts prosecutes juveniles, who are subject to arraignment, bail, conditions of pretrial release, and trial.  Your child could be committed to DYS, which is the juvenile equivalent of incarceration.  We will work incredibly hard to prevent that.

Attorney Dana A. Sargent represents youths charged in Massachusetts with misdemeanor delinquent charges and felony youthful offender charges as part of his criminal law practice.  Juveniles are undeniably more vulnerable than adult offenders and almost always require more directives.  Research shows that habitual juvenile offenders typically later become offenders within the confines of the adult court and penal systems.  Therefore, our mission is twofold; to defend against the pending charges and to prevent the child from re-offending.  We seek to educate our juvenile clients, and sometimes their parents, in order to guide them back on the right track and sincerely hope and believe that we can positively influence the child’s future.  We also fight vigorously throughout the proceedings to preserve the juvenile’s rights and good name. 

Juvenile proceedings and records thankfully remain confidential.  The public scrutiny that your son or daughter could be subjected to in a criminal proceeding could severely hinder or even ruin their normal development.  It is also commonplace for a child’s peers to harass or ridicule them.  We insist on maintaining this confidentiality and the integrity and self-esteem of the child.  It is equally important that you do not share any information regarding your child’s delinquency charges with anyone else, especially school officials.  Schools can actually expel a juvenile if they find out that they have been charged with certain criminal offenses.  However, the school department has no right to know about your child’s case and the privacy laws can protect you.  Unfortunately honest parents often alert the school to the child’s delinquency charges and unknowingly make matters much worse.  Be sure to keep your child’s juvenile matter private. 

We always work closely with parents during any juvenile proceeding.  Active and aggressive involvement is stressed in every juvenile case all the way through trial and post-trial proceedings if necessary. We relentlessly defend the rights of juveniles all throughout Massachusetts including, but not limited to, the following areas: New Bedford, Fall River, Wareham, Plymouth, Taunton, Brockton, Quincy, Stoughton, and Attleboro.

Our areas of juvenile criminal defense practice include, but are not limited to, the following:

Violent Crimes:
Assault and battery, threats, mayhem, manslaughter, murder.

Motor Vehicle Offenses: 
Attaching plates, leaving the scene of an accident, leaving the scene of property damage, negligent operation, driving to endanger, drunk driving (DUI DWI or OUI), unlicensed operation, stolen motor vehicle, malicious damage to motor vehicle, stealing parts, concealing motor vehicle theft, use without authority.

Sexual Offenses
Rape by a juvenile, aggravated rape by a juvenile, indecent assault and battery, sexual conduct for a fee (prostitution), sexual assault, committing lewd or wanton acts, open and gross, indecent exposure.

Drug Offenses
Possession of a controlled substance; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; distribution of a controlled substance; school zone violations; trafficking in a controlled substance

Weapons Charges:
Possessions of firearms, gun, knife, mace, pepper spray and dangerous weapons

Theft or Larceny:
Shoplifting, forgery, robbery, armed robbery, receiving stolen property

Civil Right Violations
Intimidation, hate crimes involving race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability

Other Juvenile Crimes:
Disorderly conduct, harassing or obscene phone calls, disturbing the peace, disturbing school assembly, intimidating a witness or juror, perjury, refusal to obey police officer, resisting arrest, stalking.

Property Crimes: 
Trespassing, willful and malicious destruction of property, vandalism, breaking and entering.


DUI/DWI/OUI/Drunk Driving

Massachusetts DUI lawyer, Dana Sargent has been successfully representing persons charged with drunk driving, OUI, DUI, and DWI throughout Massachusetts for over 15 years.  He is an experienced criminal and drunk driving attorney, who deals with matters including intoxication, motor vehicle operation, accidents, citations, impairment, roadblocks, sobriety checkpoints, license suspensions, blood tests, breath tests, blood alcohol content, and field sobriety tests.  Being charged with a drunk driving can have long lasting consequences in addition to the threat of incarceration.  If you are facing the consequences of a Massachusetts drunk driving arrest, you are no doubt aware of the high stakes involved.  Attorney Sargent is aware that your loss of your driver’s license is almost as disruptive as a jail sentence.  To ensure that your rights and driving privileges are protected, contact the Law Office of Dana A. Sargent to schedule a free initial consultation.    

Attorney Dana A. Sargent has been defending those accused of crimes for 15 years, in a wide variety of cases from operating under the influence of alcohol to first degree murder.  Attorney Sargent understands the rights of the criminally accused, as well as the stakes involved for defendants and their families.  He will work tirelessly for you in an effort to get the charges against you dropped or reduced.  Even the most serious cases can often be negotiated by an experienced attorney to get the best result possible for the accused.  When no settlement is possible, Attorney Sargent is an experienced trial attorney, who has tried many cases to juries and litigated a wide array of motions to suppress unfavorable evidence.

We always work closely with clients during the proceeding to craft the most effective defense possible.  Active and aggressive involvement is stressed in every criminal case all the way through trial and post-trial proceedings if necessary.