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Attorney Damian N. Riddle

Riddle & Associates
Experience:  16 Years
Area Served: Worcester County | Fitchburg & Leominster

344 Summer Street
Fitchburg, MA, 01420


Attorney Message

I believe that each client deserves the best legal representation that an attorney can provide.  The keys to success and effective representation are knowledge of the law, experience, and thorough investigation and preparation.  Every client of mine will be assured that every issue will be examined thoroughly and every case will be prepared extensively.

I understand that every case is unique and every client presents a different set of concerns. At our initial consultation I will take the time to understand your objectives and concerns and develop a customized solution to your legal needs. I concentrate in divorce and family law, as well as criminal defense. Call me to schedule your initial consultation.

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Verification- Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

  • Last verified: 2/18/2014
  • Current status is Active
  • This attorney has no record of public discipline.
  • This attorney has certified that he or she is covered by professional liability insurance.

 

Education

Massachusetts School of Law, J.D., 1998

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 2001

Professional Associations

Worcester County Bar Association

About Me

About Damian Riddle

Fitchburg attorney, Damian N. Riddle has been practicing law in Massachusetts for over 10 years.  He focuses his practice of law on Criminal Defense and Family Law.  Attorney Riddle recognized early in his career that his true passion is the protection of individual rights.  He has represented hundreds of individuals in almost every county in the Commonwealth.

His Criminal Defense practice includes but is not limited to: DUI/OUI/DWI, firearms and weapons offenses, trafficking, distribution and possession of drugs, assault and battery, assault to murder, attempted murder, larceny, armed robbery, rape and other sex crimes.

His Family Law practice encompasses divorce, mediation, care and custody actions, paternity actions, modifications complaints, contempt complaints, pre nuptial agreements, grandparents’ rights of visitation and other areas of domestic relations.

Attorney Riddle has had the privilege of representing some of the Commonwealth’s finest citizens including fellow lawyers, police officers, physicians, correctional officers, nurses, firemen, court officers, executives, laborers, housewives and students.  Attorney Riddle is in Court on a daily basis, which enables him to build strong relationships with court personnel and his peers.

Attorney Riddle believes that each of his clients deserve the best legal representation that an attorney can provide.  The keys to success and effective representation are knowledge of the law, experience, and thorough investigation and preparation.  Each client will be assured that every issue will be examined thoroughly and every case will be prepared extensively.

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Avvo Reviews

" I have been exceptionally pleased with his services, his dedication to my legal issues and, in particular, the results he has generated. Damian is also extremely personable and easy to talk to. I'm not treated just as a "client", he develops relationships. I consider that to be very important as he not only understands my issues, but my needs. I would would strongly recommend Attorney Riddle to anyone seeking expert legal representation"

By Frank, divorce client

"Damian kept me involved with all facets of my case and was sincere in his conversations about my concerns. He did all he could to keep costs in line with what i could afford and what the case merited."

By Donald, child custody client

"Attorney Riddle is a very personable individual, who will represent you to the best possible defense for your case(s). He represented me on my Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Violation of a Restraining Order in 2009, and handled my case smoothly and without incident. Attorney Riddle's services were superb, and his fees were very reasonable. I was very impressed with his professionalism, responsiveness and approach to my cases. One of the most important things to me was that he could be reached very easily and he did not give you the run around. He was dedicated day-in and day-out, and was always there for every question."

By OUI client

 

Q&A

Legal Questions & Answers


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I am assuming your husband got into a fight with his friend at the bar and they were each charged with assault and battery against each other. You do have a marital privilege, which if asserted, would allow you to legally refuse to testify against your husband even if you receive a summons to appear in Court. You would still have to appear in Court, but you would assert your marital privilege once called to the stand to testify and the Court should recognize it as a valid privilege. Also, your husband and his friend have 5th Amendment privileges against self-incrimination. They each have the right not to incriminate themselves. Since they are both charged with crimes, if they are called to the stand to testify against the other, then they each have the possibility of saying things which could incriminate themselves. Therefore, they both may want to assert a 5th and refuse to testify against the other. If there are no other witnesses or evidence against them, then the District Attorney’s office will not be able to proceed and the charges will either be dropped or they will be found not guilty.




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I am assuming your husband got into a fight with his friend at the bar and they were each charged with assault and battery against each other. You do have a marital privilege, which if asserted, would allow you to legally refuse to testify against your husband even if you receive a summons to appear in Court. You would still have to appear in Court, but you would assert your marital privilege once called to the stand to testify and the Court should recognize it as a valid privilege. Also, your husband and his friend have 5th Amendment privileges against self-incrimination. They each have the right not to incriminate themselves. Since they are both charged with crimes, if they are called to the stand to testify against the other, then they each have the possibility of saying things which could incriminate themselves. Therefore, they both may want to assert a 5th and refuse to testify against the other. If there are no other witnesses or evidence against them, then the District Attorney’s office will not be able to proceed and the charges will either be dropped or they will be found not guilty. However, it is possible the government has other witnesses who observed the fight and could testify about what happened. In that event the government may have enough evidence to proceed to trial. Your husband should consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney in the Lunenburg/Fitchburg area to review any police reports and other evidence and more properly evaluate the case.




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I routinely handle OUI alcohol and drug cases in the Leominster District Court. OUI drug cases are very difficult for the Commonwealth to prove even with an alleged admission to smoking 30 minutes prior. With no field sobriety tests or other expert testimony your case is likely very triable and you should seek qualified representation rather than plead the case out.




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The probation department will summons you to Court simply due to your new charge of assault. Two hearings will be scheduled. Generally these hearings are scheduled very quickly and will go forward well before your new charge can be resolved. Therefore, you will need to fight the new assault case first at the violation of probation stage. At the first hearing the probation department will serve you with a notice of violation of probation, which will state that you are alleged to have violated your probation due to you being charged with a new offense of assault. The probation department could ask that you be detained pending the second or final hearing. They would have to show probable cause that a new offense was committed and a combination of other factors such as, you are a risk of not appearing at the final hearing, you are a danger, you are not a viable candidate for probation, or you are likely to receive committed time at the final hearing etc. Or the probation department could just agree to you being released and schedule a final hearing date. You would be well served by hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect all of your rights.




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At the very least you should consult with an experienced attorney to discuss your sons rights and available options. We charge a very reasonable consultation fee to review your case, including analyzing the complaint, any police reports, witness statements and all available evidence in the case. Upon review of all evidence we will advise you on your sons rights and all available remedies, including what you can expect to happen with the case. Most of the time I am able to obtain the most beneficial type of results for my clients including Not Guilty verdicts after trial and Dismissal of charges. If you decide to hire our firm after consultation generally you will get a better result due to our superior reputation, our knowledge, our skills and our experience. A young person in college has a lot to lose in this day and age and should absolutely consult with and usually hire an experienced attorney to preserve and protect their reputation and criminal record




A:
I routinely handle OUI alcohol and drug cases in the Leominster District Court. OUI drug cases are very difficult for the Commonwealth to prove even with an alleged admission to smoking 30 minutes prior. With no field sobriety tests or other expert testimony your case is likely very triable and you should seek qualified representation rather than plead the case out. You may find more information about OUI charges on my website http://RiddleLawOffice.com . Good luck.



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Attorney Damian Riddle serves the Worcester County region including the areas of Lunenburg, Leominster, Fitchburg, Worcester, Gardner, Clinton, Bolton, Lancaster, Berlin, Acton, Concord, Greenfield, West Boylston, Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough, Groton, Shirley, Pepperell, Townsend, Ashby, Winchendon, Ashburnham, Templeton, Princeton, Ayer, Harvard, Worcester County, Middlesex County, Franklin County and surrounding communities in Massachusetts


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