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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).

Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1984) | Criminal law, student lawyer clinical program, labor and employment
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Professional Experience
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
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
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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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • 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.
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
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. My brother used my name in a traffic stop because he had no license. now i have a $100 citation. how do i fix this?!
A: Well, there is a possible path to undo it but it will take time, determination and some frustration to unravel. One aspect will be whether you want to point the finger at your brother to undo it, and proving that it was him. IF you locate the date and time of citation, you may be able to show you were someplace else geographically or at work etc. Also, if the citation is for 'not having license in possession' it is easier to show the police did not ID the person properly. Was it your car or his car being driven. Logically, if it is your car he was driving and he said he was you the police accepted that. You will need to get a copy of the citation as as start point to see if you have an alibi. Once you get basic information you can start to unravel it. You will need to speak to the police officer, as well as the Court that issued the default. ALso, the RMV. You will also want to see the address the notice was sent to- was it your address or his? It wont be easy to do but you now face insurance SDIP points over the unpaid ticket, and have to attend the warant. Best if you take care of that ASAP so you dont have an evening or weekend ruined if you get stopped, they can detain you.
Q. What can i do? I received a late citation letter for something i have no idea about.
A: The first thing you should do is go online to the MA RMV and get a copy of your driving record. It should list the Court and default and a citation number. When You call the Court, ask for a copy of the ticket, and explain you have never been stopped and have no idea what this is about. Maybe a digit in a license was transposed, maybe a DOB was written incorrectly. Or maybe someone used your name. If that is the hunch, cross check your credit report , your RMV record , and your Mass CORI criminal record check ASAP. Be sure nothing that is not yours is on it. Once you look at these, it will help you determine if you need a lawyer or not to navigate this.
Q. Am I allowed to go on vacation and travel out of state while on UNSUPERVISED PROBATION in Massachusetts?
A: Even though you are on unsupervised probation, it is still probation and with that comes certain conditions. At the onset, you signed a contract or agreement with probation on day 1, and that included any orders by the Court and any standard terms of probation. Sometimes probation takes the liberty of adding in other things too. Standard terms will often preclude out of state travel, but you can always get an exception for work or vacation etc. You need to review what is on that document you signed to determine if you can leave. If the box limited out of state travel is checked then you need to have it removed and only a Judge can do that. It is an Easy task to do and where probation is unsupervised it will be allowed. Play it safe- check the papers. If you don't have a copy call your PO and have them fax it to you for your review. Good luck, and have a great vacation.
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