Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer in Salem, MA

Our Salem, MA Office

Located on the north shore of Massachusetts, Salem is a beautiful city rich in history and culture. It is widely known as the location of the infamous Salem Witch Trials in the 1690s and continues to carry the stigma of its past. Salem was previously one of the county seats of Essex County, the other being Lawrence, but county government was abolished in 1999, leaving the city to take over governing the area.

Downtown Salem, Mass -source: visitingnewenglandcom

The population of the area has been steadily increasing and in 2014, the population was reported to be more than 42,000 people in a diverse range of households and economic groups ( source: Fact Finder ). Regardless of the demographics of the area, crime has slowly been on the rise. Many members of the Salem community have been charged with crimes and need help protecting their rights and futures. If you find yourself facing criminal charges in Essex County or Salem, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.

With law offices in Boston and Salem, criminal defense attorney David Yannetti and his associates are an elite defense team serving clients throughout Essex County. They work to protect the rights of individuals who are accused of or charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. The firm provides individuals with tailored and zealous services in and out of court, and regularly represents clients in front of judges and juries in the Salem District Court.

Do not face domestic violence, drug offense or other criminal matters alone. Contact Salem criminal defense lawyer David Yannetti today for a FREE initial consultation: 978-498-4029.

Looking for the Best Salem Criminal Defense Attorneys?

Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer David R. Yannetti was named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News and World Report. He and his associates offer experienced, excellent, and proven representation to clients charged with, or under investigation for, all criminal offenses, including the following:

  • Domestic Violence in Salem
  • Violation of a Restraining Order
  • Sex Offesenses
  • Petitions to Seal
  • Clerk's Hearings
  • Post-Conviction
  • Old Warrants
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Federal & White Collar Crimes
  • Drug Charges
  • Violent Crimes
  • Weapons Charges
  • Theft Crimes
  • Defense of Students
  • Motor Vehicle Crimes

Directions to Our Salem, MA Office

Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm
16 Front St #203
Salem, MA 01970
Telephone: (978) 498-4029
Fax: (978) 594-0133

Salem District Court Information

Essex County Courthouse: Address: 56 Federal Street, Salem, MA 01970, Phone: 978-744-1167

If you are arrested and charged with a crime, you may be expected to appear at the Salem District Court. Attorney Yannetti is very familiar with this location, having spent hundreds of hours in court advocating for his clients. It is conveniently located on Federal Street, with metered lots and paid parking garages available to the public.

Address: 56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-744-1167
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Judge's Lobby: Hon. Robert A. Brennan, First Justice

We Are Only Minutes from the Salem District Court

Salem, Massachusetts, Crime Rates

Crime rates are known to fluctuate each year. However, it is typical for crime rates to rise in areas where the population is also increasing. In 2013, the FBI reported that there were hundreds of reported crimes in Salem and the immediate surrounding areas. The types of crimes with the highest number of reports are:

  • Assault: 749
  • Fraud: 243
  • Drug and narcotics: 163
  • Vehicle theft: 46

It is important to note that there are a range of situations that may be classified under one of these headings. For instance, both a bar fight and a domestic violence situation may be considered assault. Also, simple possession and drug trafficking are considered in the drug and narcotics reporting.

Downtown Salem, Mass -source: destinationmainstreetscom

Overall, the crime rates in Salem are lower than the crime rates of the U.S. in general ( source: Crime In Salem ). This is good for the citizens of the area, as well as anyone accused of a crime. The less overburdened the criminal justice system, the more efficiently cases can be handled and justice served.

The Salem police department is fully staffed with trained personnel who are not afraid to use force when necessary. It is important that you exercise your right to remain silent if you are detained or arrested. This can ensure that nothing can be used against you, as police will often twist your words and alter the story you told in hopes of vindicating yourself. The only one looking out for you is your lawyer.

The Sex Offender Registry Board

According to, there are 20 registered sex offenders living in Salem as of October of 2016, making the estimated ratio of sex offenders to residents 1 to 2,111. Even more registered offenders travel to and have been in Salem, as the Sex Offender Registry Board for the entire state of Massachusetts is located in Salem. Offenders register here and have hearings in front of the board when their ongoing status as a sex offender is reviewed and addressed.

The Sex Offender Registry Board of Massachusetts
45 Congress St.
Salem, MA 01970

Contact A Salem Criminal Defense Lawyer Now

Criminal charges are extremely serious and can put your future in jeopardy. Do not attempt to handle them on your own. If you have been arrested or are facing charges in Salem, call the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm at 978-498-4029 or contact the firm online. A free phone consultation is offered and jail visits can be arranged when needed.