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Lissa McKinney

Lissa McKinney

33 Years District and Superior Court throughout Massachusetts
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Consumer Law ...
  • Florida, Massachusetts
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Lissa McKinney graduated Suffolk University (1981) and Suffolk University Law School (1984) and started as a trial lawyer with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Worcester and Boston. Her courtroom and trial experience spans 33 years and more than 1,000 bench or jury trials, probable cause hearings, restraining order hearings and evidentiary hearings. Lissa's practice concentrates on labor and employment law, personal injury, consumer fraud complaints, administrative hearings, and ALL matters of criminal defense.Out of the courtroom, she represent clients at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Department of Employment and Training, DSS Fair Hearings, disciplinary hearings of licensed occupations, and firearms licensing appeals.

McKinney was an Adjunct Clinical Trial Practice Instructor at Suffolk University Law School where she supervised third year law students providing indigent criminal defense. She served as Staff Attorney for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ), the Suffolk County bar advocate program assuring the quality of lawyers representing indigent criminal defendants. McKinney has also been a lecturer at various educational seminars sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Boston Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Advocate Program, Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services, such as: District Court Bar Advocate Training; Essential Rules of Criminal Procedure; Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts; Emerging Areas of Criminal Practice; Hot Tips for Trying Criminal Cases, Probation Violation Proceedings; Defending on a Shoestring; Pre-Trial Conference Rules; Evidence-Getting It In and Keeping It Out.

Lissa is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. District Court for the First Circuit, & the Florida Bar,
Membership: Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL); Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA).

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultation for the first 45-60 minutes.Fees for review and assessment beyond consultation are addressed during consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fees are accepted for personal injury cases such as motor vehicle accidents, property accident and related torts.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Consumer law cases brought under MGL ch. 93A will include a claim for attorney fees. Efforts to recover costs and fees are always made in these cases, but not guaranteed. Accordingly, attorney fees on an hourly basis are billed pending resolution and recovery of fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English
Professional Experience
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1984) | Criminal law, student lawyer clinical program, labor and employment
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Professional Associations
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL)
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Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorney's
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Florida State Bar  # 642540
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Massachusetts State Bar  # 544172
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Speaking Engagements
Probation Surrenders, Boston
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ)
Evidence: Getting it in-Keeping it Out, Boston
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ)
Pre-Trial Conference Rules, Boston
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ)
Defending on a Shoestring, Boston
Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ)
Essential Rules of Criminal Procedure, Boston
Boston Bar Association
District Court Bar Advocate Training, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
Hot Tips for Trying Criminal Cases, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
Emerging Areas of Criminal Practice, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
Probation Violation Proceedings, Boston
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education MCLE
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Legal Answers
76 Questions Answered
Q. Can police cite someone for speeding if it is from a neighbors cell phone video and they did not see it?
A: Yes- they sure can, and I even had a situation once where the dashcam of a motor vehicle behind my client's car was sent to State Police and they suspended a license right away under the 'lives and safety' emergency suspensions. However, issuing it doesnt mean you don't have a chance to succeed in beating it. Put in for the hearing and be sure to save a good readable copy of the ticket. For one thing, tickets are supposed to be issued 'in hand' to the violater when stopped, but for rare exceptions. G.L. ch. 90C sec 2. In addition, it is hard for a lay person to estimate speed from a video, and harder for the officers I would think. It is all estimated so a guess. A clerk might not think that is solid proof. I once learned of a case where the police tried to extrapolate speed based on a video using a start and stop point = distance, but this situation isnt urgent enough for them to go to that effort. Remember that a s peeding ticket can trigger SDIP points on insurance, and 3 in 2 years or any 5 moving violations will trigger license suspension. If you are on a JOL license there is an issue too. You may want to think about a lawyer for the caase if you are at risk.
Q. My husband has a vop but he was charged with a crime but it was dismissed he goes to court April 18th what do you think
A: This is a very tricky issue. IF the criminal cases was dismissed because they accused the wrong person, or he has a complete alibi then it will make a difference. However, the burden of proof at a VOP is very different than it is to get a complaint, which requires probable cause. The lesser standard to prove a VOP also allows hearsay evidene to be considered if it is reliable, and live witnesses do not have to be present. It is very possible they socul still move forward with the VOP, and you shoul dnot assume that dismissal of the criminal case will result in dismissal of the VOP. The answer is, it depends. It depends on what the new offense is; what the evidence or proof of violation is; whether there were direct witnesses that reported to police; whether the probationer had a decent relationship with the PO, and whether he was otherwise in compliance. It is less work for the PO to violate a person and remove them if they are difficult to supervise. On the other hand, there are rights and defenses in the process that must also be observed. And someone can be violated and reprobated too- it doesnt always mean incarceration. VOP's can be tricky for all of these reasons, and if you have the ability to get your own lawyer you should consider contacting an attorney well versed in VOP issues.
Q. Is it illegal to drive without your license on you?
A: Yes- technically you are required to have your drievr's license on you. When you forget your wallet often the police will ticket or warn just for not having license in possession, which is easily cured at a clerk's hearing upon proof of the active license. However, it costs a fee to get a clerk's hearing, so ask yourself is it worth it. If you are horribly forgetful take a pic of your license into your phone. The police don't have to accept that but at lleast you have proof of someething. Any criminal violation like that could give the police an opportunity to investigate further, search your car, or offer you field sobriety tests too. Best to have yoour license on you....
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