Selected Cases - Criminal Defense

Criminal Cases

  1. Distribution of Child Pornography-Defended a young student who was charged with five counts of distribution of child pornography. The high school student forwarded a nude photo of a fellow student to his friends, which due to the ages of the participants, the student’s act constituted a felony. Despite the seriousness of the offenses, Attorney Bardi was able to convince the Prosecutor to give his client pre-trial probation for only six (6) months. Simultaneously, Attorney Bardi was able to avoid his client from being expelled from his school and being placed on the Sex Offender Registry.
  2. Domestic Assault and Battery-Defended an immigrant charged with domestic assault and battery. In order to avoid deportation for his client, Attorney Bardi was able to convince the Prosecutor to give his client pre-trial probation conditioned on the fact that his client and his wife participate in counseling. In addition, Attorney Bardi had his client enroll in an Anger Management program.
  3. Drug Possession & Possession to Distribute- Defended a man who was charged with Possession of a Class A substance (heroin) and Possession to Distribute a Class A substance (heroin). The Lawrence Police conducted surveillance of the driver’s vehicle and arrested him and his passengers after observing an alleged drug deal. The police conducted a search of the vehicle and the persons therein which led to the police finding heroin on one of the passengers and in the driver’s vehicle. However, in spite of the strong evidence against Attorney Bardi’s client, who was the driver, Attorney Bardi was able to get the Possession to Distribute charge dismissed and a Continuance Without a Finding for one year on the Possession charge.
  4. Assault & Battery on a Police Officer and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon on a Police Officer – Wrentham District Court – Defended a man who attended a Patriots football game who was charged with Assault & Battery on a police officer and Assault & Battery with Dangerous Weapon on a police officer. He was absolved of all other charges related to his alleged assaults on others. The felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors and the defendant was given a continuance without a finding of guilty based upon an apology letter and his attendance in counseling for anger management.
  5. Assault - Concord District Court – Defended a college student against charges of assault upon his girlfriend. Case disposed of by way of pre-trial probation without any finding of guilt. The case was later dismissed.
  6. Arson and Insurance Fraud – New York State – Attorney Bardi defended a husband and wife who were charged with insurance fraud and arson in connection with the explosion of their home from a gas leak. The insurer's collection of evidence indicated that the husband had tampered with the gas pipes right before the explosion. Charges against the wife were dismissed and the husband was later found not guilty. Attorney Bardi's defense was there was no financial motive of any sort for the husband and wife to deliberately cause an explosion destroying all of their property.
  7. Kidnapping – New Bedford Superior Court - Attorney Bardi defended an individual charged with kidnapping another person inside an ATM vestibule. The Commonwealth decided to indict his client for this felony offense; however, Attorney Bardi was successful in having the indictment dismissed pointing out the fact that the Chief Investigating Officer used misleading statements to the grand jury. The Commonwealth re-indicted the client, but Attorney Bardi was able to receive a sentence of pre-trial probation, ultimately avoiding a guilty plea.
  8. Illegal Possession of Firearm - Somerville District Court - Attorney Bardi defended a former marine who did not have a license to carry a firearm or to be in possession of ammunition. The charges the former marine faced had a combined mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years. Attorney Bardi was able to avoid the mandatory minimums and proposed an alternative sentence to the Judge. Ultimately, the former marine's charges were reduced and the former marine served approximately 20 weekends-only of confinement.
  9. College Disciplinary Hearings Attorney Bardi has defended numerous students across several states in college disciplinary proceedings. The crimes in connection to the disciplinary proceedings have been rape, assault and battery, drug distribution, alteration of college transcripts and underage drinking. Attorney Bardi has been able to use his experience in criminal law and protect the student's rights and avoid expulsion from college.

Cases Handled by the Lawyers at the Boston, Massachusetts, Law Firm of Richard C. Bardi & Associates


Not Guilty After Assault And Battery Trial

Attorney Bardi represented a bicyclist who allegedly assaulted and battered an operator of a motor vehicle. It was alleged that the operator of the vehicle passed the bicyclist, pulled over and exited the vehicle in order to confront the bicyclist, whereupon the bicyclist struck the driver. At trial, Attorney Bardi argued that the bicyclist was defending himself and his wife, who was also riding her bicycle, from the vehicle operator, who while in a fit of road rage exited his vehicle and struck the bicyclist, causing the bicyclist to defend himself. The jury found the bicyclist not guilty of assault and battery and disorderly conduct.


Operating Under The Influence Of Alcohol

Attorney Bardi appealed a client's fifth conviction for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Attorney Bardi obtained the release of the client from incarceration pending the resolution of the appeal. Upon appeal attorney Bardi argued in written brief and before the Appeals Court that the trial judge committed an error while conducting a jury view of the scene of the operation of the vehicle, and that the judge committed an error in finding the defendant guilty of a fifth operating under the influence. The Appeals Court agreed with attorney Bardi, reversed the conviction, and the client was freed from all court-ordered restrictions.