New Bedford, Attorney Paul SantosAttorney Paul Santos New Bedford

Graduated New Bedford High School class of 1978, Umass Dartmouth 1982 Bachelor of Arts in History with High Distinction, New England school of law juris doctor 1986.

1986 to 1993 Bristol county asst dist atty including supervisor of New Bedford district court.

1993 to present in private practice associated with the firm of friedland and youman p.c. of New Bedford, MA.  I do criminal defense including assaults, domestic, drunk driving, and drug cases.


Attorney Paul Santos office is located in New Bedford Mass. He represent clients in juvenile court. Represent parents and children in Care and Protection cases. These are cases where the Department of Children and Families (DCF) removes a child or children from their parents. Once a removal occurs, the parent has the right to an emergency custody hearing within 72 hours. At that time  the court decides whether the child shall remain in the temporary custody of DCF or other third party custodian or be returned to the parent. If the parent does not get custody at that time, then the case proceeds to motion, pre-trial and then a trial date to determine if the parent is unfit.

I also represent children who are charged with criminal offenses which are delinquency cases. These case go through the process of clerk magistrate hearing, arraignment, pre- trial conference and trial which includes a right to jury trial.

I also handle adult criminal defense from arraignment to jury trial. I do Landlord/Tenant cases in housing court which includes evictions. I represent the New Bedford Housing Authority at housing court.

In addition to the above I represent clients in personal injury cases which included auto accidents and work related injuries.


Have successfully represented clients in district court, housing court, Massachusetts commission against discrimination, registry of motor vehicles hearings,  and clerk magistrate hearings. Have secured not guilty verdicts in criminal cases, have won care and protection cases where the court returned custody to the parents after hearing, have secured evictions for plaintiffs at housing court, and secured unemployment benefits for clients after hearing.


Care and protection law, juvenile law, criminal law, landlord tenant law, registry of motor vehicles law, personal injury civil law, unemployment law.

I do juvenile criminal defense. I do care and protection cases vs DCF formerly DSS. I do landlord tenant which are mostly evictions.

Additional Activities;

On broadcasting side….WNBH/WMYS announcer 1980 to 1988. Sportscaster at comcast 1988-1998 and 2006 to 2010.

Host of Umass Dartmouth Corsair Sports on channel 6 2000 to 2005. Sports play by play announcer for DCTV in dartmouth from 2000 to present.

Host of New Bedford Connections talk show on New Bedford Cable Network 2006 to present.

Anchor of election night coverage on New Bedford Cable Network from 2007 to present.