Excessive Use of Force by the Police

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

What’s the Difference Between a State and a Federal Crime?

Federal v state crime

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.

Can Evidence on My Cellphone Be Used Against Me?

Cell Phone Evidence

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

What to Do if Facing Marijuana-Related Drug Charges in Massachusetts

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.

What Is the Difference Between a DUI/OUI and an Aggravated DUI/OUI in Boston?

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.

Penalties for Sex Crimes in Salem, Massachusetts

Being arrested for and charged with a sex crime in Massachusetts is a very serious offense, and could have dramatic consequences for a defendant. The state of Massachusetts does not go easy on sex offenders, and if you are convicted of a sex offense, you will experience a permanent mark on your criminal record, potential jail or prison time, fines, … Read More

Campus Sexual Assault Defense

Being accused of committing an act of sexual assault or harassment is a very serious claim, and it could have a major effect on a young person’s life. Indeed, not only may the individual face criminal charges for the alleged act, but may also face disciplinary actions from a college or university as well, even if the act didn’t occur … Read More

An Overview of Massachusetts’ Marijuana Laws

Marijuana is a controversial drug, both in the state of Massachusetts, and across the nation. Indeed, while the federal government still classifies marijuana as an illegal substance, many states have created laws that autonomously address marijuana possession and use. Here’s an overview of what you need to know regarding Massachusetts’ marijuana laws, and when you may need to contact an … Read More

Will I Go to Jail if Charged with a DUI in Massachusetts?

Being charged with a DUI, referred to as an OUI (operating under the influence) in Massachusetts’ code, is a serious offense. To be sure, the crime is harshly penalized when it is committed, with OUI offenders facing large fines, the revocation of their licenses, and yes – even jail time. Consider the following regarding what you need to know about … Read More

What Are the Penalties for Trespassing in Massachusetts?

Trespassing is one of the oldest crimes in the book, dating all the way back to the settling of the country. Despite how aged of an offense it may be though, there are thousands of people who are convicted of trespassing across the country every year. At The Law Offices of Paul R. Moraski, our experienced criminal defense lawyer can … Read More