Pretrial Detention and Probation in Massachusetts

Being charged with a crime in Massachusetts is not only a scary and potentially overwhelming event, but it is also something that opens up the door to an array of complex legal proceedings to come. Following an arrest, these proceedings are kicked off with a pretrial detention hearing. At The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski, our criminal defense attorney … Read More

Arrested for Distribution of Heroin? Here is What You Need to Know

Dave has been dealing drugs out of his house for several months. Police recently arrested Matt, a customer of Dave’s, who was found with heroin on him. Although Dave has prior drug convictions and faces a long mandatory prison sentence, prosecutors promise to not charge him if he tells them from whom he bought the drug. Dave is implicated and … Read More

What To Do If Charged With Assault and Battery With a Dangerous Weapon

Dave and Teri have been dating on and off for over a year but have not been getting along lately. One night, they have a fierce argument. Dave becomes enraged at Teri after she insults him and throws a dish at him that narrowly misses him. Dave notices a softball on the floor and meaning to just scare Teri, flings … Read More

Probation Violations: What You Need to Know

Defendants who have been convicted of a criminal offense, either a felony or a misdemeanor, may be given a sentence that is an alternative to incarceration. For example, a judge may order that you serve 2-years in jail but suspend the sentence and place you on probation for several years. Or, you may serve less than the time to which … Read More

Arrested for Distribution of Cocaine? Here is What You Need to Know

Sean has been using cocaine as a recreational drug for several months but decides to buy an ounce of the substance since the price is good. After buying the drug, he places the packages in the trunk of his car and begins to drive home. On the way he decides to snort a few lines, so he pulls over into … Read More

How To Get Out Of a DUI

It’s the holidays but Teri is not feeling well due to her severe acid reflux but decides to go to the office party anyway since she just joined the firm and wants to appear social and as a team player. She has only two cocktails before her acid reflux acts up, so she says her goodbyes and gets in her … Read More

What You Need to Know About Weapon Charges

Weapons charges are among the most serious offenses in the state of Massachusetts and are found under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 269, Sections 10, 11 and 12. Although in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, which was a 5-4 decision, interpreted the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as guaranteeing the right to bear arms, … Read More

Massachusetts Drug Possession Sale and Trafficking Laws: What You Need to Know

If you use illegal drugs, even prescription medication that was not prescribed to you, you are risking criminal prosecution and penalties that can severely affect your life. Although first-time offenders can be treated with leniency and given a second chance with records sealed in many cases, you may not be so lucky if you are involved in the distribution or … Read More

Motor Vehicle Homicide: What You Need to Know

After a few drinks at a bar near his office, Dave gets into his car for the short ride home. He gets on the rural two-lane roadway to his house when he gets a text from his wife who wants him to stop to get some groceries for dinner. Dave texts back and takes his eyes off the road momentarily. … Read More

Larceny by Check – How To Beat It

Are you aware that bouncing a check is a criminal offense under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266, Section 37? There are few among us who have not bounced a check at some time in our lives, but generally the matter is resolved when we deposit funds in our account to cover the check. However, there are times when someone writes … Read More