Experience Matters

It's easy for attorney Sandell or any other attorney for that matter to throw up a website, and claim you have years of experience without backing it up. I understand that most people viewing this site are probably not familiar personally with Dan Sandell or the successful work he has done for thousands of people in Western Massachusetts. 
      To help aid you in determining which attorney is experienced enough to handle your legal matter, I have provided below a list of common questions (and answers) you may want to ask your attorney before you retain them. 
    I have also provided a list of most of the common crimes that occur in District courts in Massachusetts and indicate whether or not I have represented someone on that type of case and whether or not I have defended an individual during a trial on that charge.  The information contained in here was drafted in May of 2019 and is subject to change in the future. Please click on this link to view an extensive table of the types of matters Attorney Sandell has represented.
Common questions potential clients frequently ask Attorney Sandell
Q. How long have you been representing defendants in criminal matters in Massachusetts?
A. I am currently in my 14th continuous year of representing criminal defendants in Massachusetts.
Q.  What percentage of you law firm is dedicated to the practice of criminal defense ?
A. 90%

Q. How many criminal matters have you resolved in district courts across Massachusetts?
A. Well over 2,000 matters. 

Q. On average how many criminal cases do you resolve a year?
A. On average I would say about 200. Some years it is closer to 250 or 300. 

Q. What types of criminal cases to you handle?
A. I generally accept any criminal matter that will remain in District Court. However I generally will not voluntarily represent anyone charged with rape, murder, or a violent sexual assault on a child. Other attorneys choose to represent individuals charged with those crimes, I do not. 

 

Q. Have you ever been sanctioned or disciplined by the Board of Bar Overseers (the agency in Massachusetts that governs professional misconduct complaints, commonly referred to as the BBO). 
A. No I have not. My BBO# is 658104 and you are more than welcome to go to Massbbo.org and verify that yourself. 
Q. Where is the fee agreement and will you go over it with me?
A. Massachusetts REQUIRES that all criminal fee agreements regarding representing criminal defendants be in writing. I will review thoroughly each paragraph of my fee agreement with you and answer each and every question you have about it before you sign it. If you had a quick conversation with an attorney that ended with no mention of signing a fee agreement and just an "I'll see you at the courthouse and bring the cash" then you may want to consider the fact that if the attorney cannot form the initial stages of an attorney client relationship properly, than why would you trust that person to competently represent you during the course of your legal matter. Again you choose your attorney at you peril.
Q. Can you promise me my case will be dismissed or I’ll be found not guilty at trial?
A. No, it is a clear ethical violation for any Massachusetts criminal defense attorney to promise a client a result in the future. An attorney can explain possible outcomes that could happen, review the strengths and weaknesses of your legal matter and suggest courses of action based on that information. You as the client ultimately decide how your legal matter will ultimately be resolved. 

 
Q. Do you offer free consultations about my criminal matter ?
A. Yes, in general Attorney Sandell does offer free consultations that will generally last about a half hour. These free consultations are geared for people whom represent that they have the funds to hire an attorney and are interested in doing so. If it becomes clear that a person is just fishing for free legal advice that the meeting will be terminated early. 
Q. Do you accept payment plans or credit cards?
A. No, any client intending to retain Attorney Sandell is expected to make the agreed upon payment in full prior to representing them in a courtoom. 
     Provided below is a link to separate categories of common crimes in Massachusetts, Each link leads to a description of the crime, details of whether or not I have represented a person charged with that crime, as well as whether or not I have conducted a trial on behalf of a person charged with a crime. Many attorneys claim to have a high level of experience and don't back it up, I try to be as transparent as possible about my experience level and I hope this information puts your mind at ease that you will be in good hands if you decide to hire attorney Sandell as your defense attorney.
UMASS Disciplinary Hearing

Having to go the Dean of Students office at the University can be a fairly scary time for any student who is facing disciplinary action for alleged misconduct. Many students don’t realize that alleged criminal conduct that occurs outside of the grounds of the University may also be a ground for disciplinary action by the Dean of Students.

A UMass disciplinary hearing can have a wide range of consequences ranging from an agreement to remain in good standing throughout the rest of the school year or in the worst case scenario, an expulsion from the University. Although there is no promise that having an attorney by your side will get you your desired outcome, it can lower the risk of a drastic punishment like an expulsion or academic suspension being imposed by having that attorney explain your version of events to the Dean of Students as well as highlighting any past or future corrective action that may need to take place so that another incident is not likely to happen again.

The Law Office of Daniel M. Sandell is dedicated to providing a high level of legal representation to University and college students at a reasonable and affordable flat fee. Depending on the complexity of your issue and the anticipated length of hearing, the general flat fee to appear with a student at a disciplinary hearing generally ranges from $200-$400. If you are facing an imminent hearing by the Dean of Students office, don’t wait until the last minute, contact Daniel M. Sandell at 413-549-3883 to schedule a free consultation. We are right here in Amherst MA and can help you succeed.

OUI Attorney Checklist

Being arrested for Operating under the influence can be a traumatic experience. The area of law surrounding OUI arrests has become very specialized over the past decade and it is extremely important that you have an attorney whom you feel comfortable with as well as being confident in their abilities to represent you throughout the court process. Below is a list of questions that I feel is appropriate to ask any attorney before retaining them for an Operating under the influence case. I have also provided my own answers to these questions for you:

 

What portion of your practice is dedicated to criminal defense?

90% of my practice is dedicated to representing criminal defendants in district courts across the Commonwealth.

 

In what courts and counties do you regularly and occasionally practice?

Attorney Sandell regularly practices in Hampden and Hampshire Counties, mainly representing students who attend UMass Amherst and the surrounding five college area in the E. Hampshire District Court as well as representing individuals in the Holyoke and Springfield area. Attorney Sandell occasionally will represent individuals in Franklin and Worcester Counties when a client would like to have an experienced trial attorney by their side. Attorney Sandell is familiar with most of the Judges and Assistant District Attorneys who regularly sit and practice in those courts

 

How often are you in court representing your defendants in District Courts?

Attorney Sandell is regularly in court four to five days a week representing individuals on a variety of criminal matters.

 

What types of OUI cases have you tried before?

Attorney Sandell has tried first, second, third, and fourth offense OUI cases, he has also used forensic toxicologists (Breath test experts), as well as cross examining the Commonwealth’s expert in OUI cases where there was a Breathalyzer test admitted into evidence.

 

Have you ever argued a Motion to Suppress evidence?

Yes, attorney Sandell has successfully argued motions to suppress evidence obtained from a warrantless search that has resulted in all the evidence that was gathered after the stop from being admitted into evidence during trial. This often leads to the prosecution deciding not the prosecute the matter further.

 

Have you ever argued a motion to exclude a Breathalyzer test?

Yes, attorney Sandell has successfully argued a motion to exclude a Breathalyzer test that forbid the Commonwealth from being able to enter the result of the test into evidence.

 

Are you familiar with the police officer’s field sobriety testing procedures?

Yes, Attorney Sandell and thoroughly reviewed numerous police officer’s field sobriety testing manuals and has impeached arresting officers during trial when they deviate from their training.

 

Are you familiar with the Breathalyzer testing device and the procedures for administering a test?

Yes, attorney Sandell has reviewed the Breathalyzer testing manual for police officers as well as being familiar with all of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations that pertain to the proper administration of a Breathalyzer test by a law enforcement official. Attorney Sandell has taught a brief class to other attorneys on how to attack a Breathalyzer test at trial.

 

If the answer to most or all of these questions is yes then one of your final questions should be, How much is this going to cost me?

The Law Office of Daniel M. Sandell has the first offense OUI flat fee guarantee (note that this does not guarantee you are going to win your case!!!). The flat fee guarantee allows for an up front flat fee of $500.00 to review your case and let you decide if you would like to tender a plea or schedule a trial. If you have a motion that may result in a better outcome for your case, there will be an additional cost of $500.00, a total of $1,000.00 .

If your matter is prepared for trial than the total cost to you for Attorney Sandell’s services is $1,500.00 . Please note that this flat fee does not include any additional cost for hiring private investigators or forensic toxicologists (breath test experts). Also note that 2nd, 3rd , and 4th offenses generally range somewhere between $2,000-$4,000.00 depending on the complexity of the case. By giving you a flat fee, you know what the matter will cost ahead of time instead of being billed at a high hourly rate with no guarantee as to how many hours, or how high the legal fees may get.

 

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