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Stephen L Saltonstall

Stephen L Saltonstall


Criminal Defense and Marijuana Defense Lawyer
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Manchester Center, VT

About Stephen L Saltonstall

Attorney Biography

I've been representing defendants in drug cases (and in criminal cases generally, from disorderly conduct to homicide) for more than 35 years.

During those years, the criminal justice system has become a huge industry, with more and more people arrested, charged, and incarcerated, often for things that the police would have overlooked as trivial when I started law practice. Sadly, drug arrests are a primary way that police officers get promoted. In general, drug cases are easier to prove and prosecute than more property or violent crimes. In my opinion, society would be much better off if the system would treat possessory drug offenses as health problems rather than crimes.

The job of a criminal defense lawyer is to shepherd the client through a bad system with as little damage as possible: if dismissal or aquittal aren't realistic, then with as lenient a sanction as can be achieved. Doing this well requires compassion, commitment, intellectual creativity and rigor, and an unflagging devotion to the values set forth in the Bill of Rights.

Before law school, I was involved in the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960's, and these experiences still shape the kind of person and lawyer that I strive to be.


Practice Areas

 
Marijuana Defense (50%)
 
Criminal Defense (50%)

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Bar Licenses

Vermont State Bar
Vermont
Member in Good Standing
1982

Massachusetts State Bar
Massachusetts
Member in Good Standing
1976

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Education

Northeastern University School of Law
Northeastern University School of Law
JD
1976

Harvard College
AB magna cum laude
1967

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Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member
American Civil Liberties Union

Awards & Recognitions

Cooperating Attorney Award
American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont
2010

David W. Curtis Civil Liberties Award
American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont
2006

Outstanding Achievement Award
Sierra Club
1999

Cooperating Attorney Award
American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont
1996

Stewardship Award
The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Chapter
1992

Phi Beta Kappa
Harvard College
1967

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Contact Stephen L Saltonstall

Stephen L Saltonstall

5188 Main St
Manchester Center, VT 05255
www.stephensaltonstall.com
Office: 802-362-7077
Fax: 888-944-3373

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Nonprofit Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.



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