John E. DeVito

John E. DeVito

Dedham, Massachusetts

Criminal defense attorney John E. DeVito served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1974. During his service, he participated in the JAG Program where he defended Army personnel on trial for misdemeanor charges. Mr. DeVito began his official legal career in 1977 as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

Mr. DeVito opened a private practice criminal law firm in 1979 and has continued to defend individuals facing criminal charges for the past 30 years in Boston and the surrounding area. Mr. DeVito has received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell® for his exceptional ability and strict ethical standards. This is the highest peer rating an attorney can receive.

Mr. DeVito recently authored a book entitled Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases.

John E. DeVito was also featured in the Massachusetts Bar Association's Lawyers Journal in a writeup that highlights cases pertaining to interesting legal issues or large fee generating cases referred through the Lawyers Referral Service.

Primary areas of practice

Mr. DeVito represents defendants in the following criminal matters:

  • Drug crimes: In Massachusetts, a drug trafficking, distribution, or possession conviction carries heavy penalties. Seeking guidance from criminal defense law firms is imperative to protecting your rights.
  • DUI/OUI offenses: Operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 presumes one is under the influence in Massachusetts. Having a qualified attorney on your side is critical to minimize the penalties.
  • Motor vehicle crimes: If you are charged with operating negligently, motor vehicle homicide, or driving while unregistered or uninsured, you need an experienced attorney to help protect your rights.
  • Domestic assault and battery: Assault and battery cases are often complex and require that you seek legal counsel immediately.
  • Other felonies and misdemeanors: As a defendant in a theft crime case or a sexual assault case, you need a qualified criminal lawyer to help ensure you receive a fair trial.
  • Larceny crimes: Depriving another of their property can carry serious penalties. Contact a John DeVito to help protect you from sever criminal sentences.
  • Rapes and sexual assaults: Forcing an individual to have sexual intercourse or exposing yourself indecently to another are serious crimes under Massachusetts criminal law. Punishments can carry severe jail sentences so it’s important to consult a qualified criminal defense attorney to help you receive a fair trial.
  • Resisting arrest: Resisting arrest is considered to be a serious misdemeanor and is often coupled with other criminal charges. Defending against multiple crimes can be difficult, however John DeVito can help defend against these charges.
  • Sealing of a criminal record: Qualified criminal law firms in Boston, such as Mr. DeVito's, can help you through the complicated process of sealing your criminal record to protect you against the impediments your record may cause.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Drug Crimes
  • DUI/OUI Offenses
  • Motor Vehicle Crimes
  • Domestic Assault and Battery
  • Other Felonies and Misdemeanors
  • Larceny / Theft Crimes
  • Rapes and Sexual Assaults
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Sealing a Criminal Record
  • Registry of Motor Vehicles / License issues

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1971
  • Xaverian Brothers High School, Westwood, Massachusetts - 1967

Published Works

  • Defense of Operating Under the Influence Committee for Public Counsel, April, 1988
  • Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases

Honors and Awards

  • Received an AV® Preeminent? Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Received AVVO Client's Choice Award
  • Rated 10 Superb by AVVO
  • Pro Bono Award - Bar Association of Norfolk County, 2009 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Member, 1977 - Present
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County, President, 2007 - 2008
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County, President-Elect, 2006 - 2007
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County, Vice President, 2005 - 2006
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County, Treasurer, 2004 - 2005
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County, Secretary, 2003 - 2004
  • Norfolk County Bar Advocates, Member, Board of Directors
  • Norfolk County Bar Advocates, Supervising Staff Attorney/Consultant, 1986 - 2005

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army, Lieutenant, 1971 - 1974