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

How Is Bail Determined?

If you are charged with a crime and held in a police station as such, you may have the opportunity to be released on bail. Bail is not meant to punish those charged with a crime, but is instead designed to ensure that if a person is released, they will attend their upcoming court proceedings. Bail in the state of … Read More

How Does a Defendant’s Mental State Affect a Criminal Case?

When a person commits, or is charged of committing, a crime in Massachusetts, they are given the opportunity to defend themselves against charges. During their defense, the court will consider all factors relevant to the defendant’s case, including the defendant’s mental state at the time the crime was committed and their ability to stand trial. The following considers two aspects … Read More

I’ve Been Falsely Accused of a Crime – What’s Next?

Being falsely accused of a crime is a very scary thought, and if you are convicted, your life could be unfairly changed and you could face penalties for a crime you did not commit. As such, it is important to take action to protect yourself as soon as possible if you have been falsely accused of a crime in Massachusetts. … Read More

What Happens to My Case When My Constitutional Rights Are Violated?

While there is nothing that is pleasant about being charged with a crime and embarking on the criminal process, a person facing criminal charges can take solace in the fact that the justice system is designed to protect their constitutional rights. The following provides a brief review of some of the most important constitutional rights you have, and what may … Read More