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Ryan P. Sullivan
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets...
  • Massachusetts
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Ryan is the go to lawyer for criminal defense in the Lowell area, he is well respected in the community and his trial skills are unparalleled.
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Experienced Lowell criminal defense attorney, handing cases ranging from dui/oui, domestic violence, robbery offenses, motor vehicle charges, assault to murder, and more. Former prosecutor who approaches each case with a strategy designed based on how the ADA will likely prepare for trial and seeking to expose weaknesses in the government’s case. Over 10 years experience in criminal law, call for a free consultation today.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Domestic Violence
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
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Assistant District Attorney
Middlesex District Attorney
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (2008)
Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Transnational Law Review
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Boston College
B.A. (2005) | English
Activities: Boston College Men’s Varsity Track and Field
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Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars from 2014 to 2018.
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State Bar of Massachusetts # 672583
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Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
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Greater Lowell Bar Association
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5 Questions Answered

Q. How long do you have to contest a DUI?
A: This is a difficult question to answer as it needs more facts before an attorney can advise you. If you are charged with a crime, including operating under the influence of alcohol, you should contact an experienced DUI defense attorney.
Q. What happens if you don't comply with DUI testing when you get pulled over?
A: Hello, There are two sets of "testing" that officers and troopers in Massachusetts employ. One is field sobriety testing, the other is the breath test. The short answer is that your refusal to submit to any tests is inadmissible in Massachusetts courts. That means that the jury will not learn that you refused the testing. This in nearly every case will not avoid an arrest, but the officer's case against you is substantially weaker -- leading in many cases to a greater chance of a not guilty finding. The refusal to submit to a breath test, however, does come with some license/right to operate a vehicle suspensions. It is important to know what happened with your case so that you can determine what (if any) collateral consequences resulted after you were released by the police. In any event, after any interaction with police, it is advisable to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Most attorneys offer free consultation and you can discuss the particulars of your case with an attorney who can guide you through the process.
Q. Question about my criminal case
A: Hello, The answer to your question relies in large part on the facts leading up to the seizure of the car and the money, as well the status of the forfeiture proceedings. Most of the time, when a motion to suppress is granted in a drug distribution or trafficking case, the forfeiture action is not successful (the owner gets it back) because the evidence in the forfeiture case would likewise be suppressed. You should speak to an attorney about the specifics of your case. They can advise you about the appellate timetable, the final order on the motion, and the forfeiture action status. Good luck, Ryan
Q. I got caught shoplifting days after the offence,I returned the item to the police department,what should I expect?
A: There are several things to expect: 1. You can be summonsed to court for an arraignment on shoplifting charges (this could take days, weeks, or months to process); 2. You can be sent a notice of a hearing about whether a charge should issue (often called a clerks hearing or magistrate hearing); or 3. The company may pursue you in civil court. You should consider contacting an attorney to discuss the specifics of your case. You should not post any other specifics about the case on Internet forums. Additionally, I advise all of my clients to consult with a lawyer before giving any statement (if one is given at all) which would include providing items to the police department. What has been done has been done, but I would contact an attorney before discussing the matter further or taking any other action.
Q. Life without parole for murder, Does that mean they will almost always deny parole even though they make it to the board
A: Hello, The short answer to your question is yes, but actually a person who is facing life without the possibility of parole (only a punishment for first degree murder) will not make it to a parole hearing as there is no possibility without parole. A life sentence (that is not for first degree murder) can result in parole and a person may be before the parole board numerous times before parole is granted (if at all). Consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney would be suggested in that circumstance -- especially if parole has previously been denied. Planning for the hearing weeks or months in advance is highly encouraged. Good luck, Ryan
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Law Office of Ryan P. Sullivan
287 Auburn St #102
Auburndale, MA 02466
Telephone: (978) 221-6012
Fax: (978) 238-1831
Law Office of Ryan P. Sullivan
228 Central St
Lowell, MA 01852
Telephone: (978) 221-6012
Fax: (978) 238-1831