If you are involved in a car accident in Boston or anywhere else in the state of Massachusetts that results in property damage, you are required under law to stop your vehicle and exchange information with the other driver. In some cases, reporting the accident to the authorities is required, too.
For a parent, there is nothing easy about seeing one’s child be charged with a crime. However, there may be some comfort in knowing that depending on the child’s age, the youth may be charged in the juvenile court system rather than the adult criminal system. Consider the following about what you need to know regarding when a youth under … Read More
If you are arrested and charged with a crime in Boston, at the time of your arrest, you will be read your rights. These rights include the right to remain silent, to know that any evidence you provide can be used against you, and the right to an attorney. Further, if you’ve read other criminal law blogs, you may have … Read More
Restraining and harassment orders are legal protections issued by a court that are designed to protect alleged victims from abuse. If you have had a restraining order or harassment order issued against you, it is critical that you adhere to the order’s stipulations; the failure to do so can result in criminal penalties. If you have been accused of violating … Read More
If you are convicted of a crime in Massachusetts, your sentence may include the possibility of parole. Different from probation, parole allows a convicted person to get out from behind bars in exchange for good behavior and adherence to the requirement of following a specific set of rules and guidelines. If you are facing criminal charges, have been convicted of … Read More
Police officers are required to use force in a variety of situations, and the use of force may even be a daily occurrence for officers who live in Boston. And while the use of force may be reasonable, and even necessary, in a number of cases, there is a fine line between necessary use of force and excessive use of … Read More
Being charged with a crime is a scary experience, regardless of the type of crime. And in order to ensure that you get the best defense possible, it is important to hire the right type of lawyer for representation. Which is one of the reasons why knowing whether you’ve been charged with a state or federal crime is essential.
Most smartphone users today use their phones for far more than just making calls. Instead, phones today are storage units that hold the most personal of data, from our credit card numbers and recent purchases to photos of our life to emails and text messages between our closest confidants and more. And as such, in the event of an arrest … Read More
Staying abreast of the laws regarding the possession and use of marijuana–not to mention the purchase, distribution, and cultivation of the drug–can be difficult to do. Not only does the federal government continue to classify marijuana as a Schedule I substance, the most dangerous classification there is, but laws in states like Massachusetts have evolved multiple times over the years.
The state of Massachusetts refers to driving under the influence (DUI) crimes as operating under the influence (OUI) offenses, and maintains harsh penalties for any violations. Indeed, the state differentiates between just a standard OUI offense and an aggravated OUI offense, the latter of which is more serious, and carries more severe penalties.