What Are My Miranda Rights and Why Are They Important?  

Watch any crime or legal series on TV, and you’re sure to hear the term “Miranda rights” thrown around at least a time or two. And while there is certainly a lot on crime TV that is not accurate, the fact that those arrested and charged with a crime have Miranda rights certainly is true. The following provides an overview … Read More

Defining DUI in Massachusetts – It’s More than Just Drinking and Driving

Most people assume that the terms OUI (operating under the influence) or DUI (driving under the influence) are referring to under the influence of alcohol. As such, while they may be aware of the law that prevents them from drinking and driving, they may be confused if they are pulled over and charged with an OUI without ever having had … Read More

What Is Embezzlement and What Are the Criminal Consequences?

One of the most common white collar crimes is that of embezzlement. In Massachusetts, the crime of embezzlement falls under the general category of larceny offenses, and if an individual is convicted of embezzlement, they could face severe legal consequences, despite the fact that this is a white collar, non-violent crime type.

Can I Appear Before a Criminal Court without an Attorney?

Being charged with a crime can be a jolting experience. As you struggle to understand your options and what you are going to do next, one thing that you will surely think about is whether or not you need a criminal defense lawyer. The following considers the benefits of hiring a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney, and whether or not representing … Read More

What Happens if I Fail to Appear for Court in Massachusetts?

If you are charged with a crime in Massachusetts, there are numerous times throughout the criminal process that you may be ordered to appear before the court, beginning with your arraignment hearing. If you fail to appear for any of your scheduled court dates, you are in violation of the law, and could face separate charges as such. Here’s what … Read More

DUI & Prescription Drugs: What You Need to Know

Everyone knows that having too much alcohol to drink and then getting behind the wheel of a car and driving is not only illegal, but very dangerous too. To be sure, there were more than 10,200 people killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2015, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state of Massachusetts warns that … Read More

Difference Between Assault and Assault and Battery in Massachusetts

The crimes “assault” and “assault and battery” are often used interchangeably amongst those charged with a crime and the public at large. However, under the law in Massachusetts, there is a distinction between the crimes of assault and assault and battery. Here’s what you need to know about the two crime types, and what you should do if you have … Read More

Tax Fraud: Crime and Penalties

One type of white collar crime, which refers to a financially-motivated type of crime that is non-violent in nature, is tax fraud or tax evasion. At The Law Offices of Paul R. Moraski, we have been helping clients in Massachusetts defend themselves against white collar criminal charges, like tax evasion, for years, and can help you to understand the charges … Read More

What Is a Plea Bargain and When Is Accepting One a Good Idea?

If you are a convicted of a crime in Massachusetts, you will have to face the penalties of that crime as such, which can vary significantly depending upon the crime’s severity. In order to escape the harshest of sentencing, and to reduce the amount of time that could be spent on a criminal case, many people who are charged with … Read More