Package Theft: Have You Been Charged with Theft this Holiday Season?

Package theft is one of the most common types of holiday crimes. In fact, an article in CNBC reports that those in Massachusetts are about 1.43 times more likely (than the national average) to have a package stolen, and that roughly one in 10 adults have reported having a package taken from their porch before.

Can Tigers Get DUI’s?

Well Tiger Woods definitely can!  Tiger Woods is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, having thrilled fans since the 1990s with his enormous talent playing the game of golf and winning 79 PGA tour events that include 14 major titles, second only to Jack Nicklaus. However, his golfing and personal life took a downward spiral in 2009 … Read More

AWP Arrested While Protesting

Protesting is as American as apple pie. It started in pre-Revolutionary America and has continued to the present, notably with this summer’s protests at Charlottesville, Berkeley, Boston and other cites around the country. Most of these protests have involved free speech and included counter-protesters against white supremacy groups or those allegedly aligned with them.

DUI For The Shooter

Of possible interest to fans of the movie “Happy Gilmore” that starred Adam Sandler, there was another notable actor in the film, Christopher McDonald, who played Shooter McGavin. Mr. McDonald was recently arrested for DUI in Los Angeles after returning from an Oktoberfest party. Officers had observed McDonald’s Porsche that had run off the road and into an embankment. When … Read More

What Happens in an Assault With a Gun Charge?

It is illegal to threaten anyone or to cause bodily injury to another person by use of a gun or firearm or by the use of any object deemed a dangerous weapon. In a recent incident in Barnstable, a Hyannis man was arrested for threatening a family member with a firearm and for firing it, although no injuries were reported. … Read More

Thanksgiving Biggest Holiday for DUI

During the holidays, the rate of DUI arrests and alcohol-related car accidents and deaths are at their highest. New Year’s weekend is often the deadliest of the year, though the Thanksgiving holiday period has taken over that dubious distinction in recent years.

New Criminal Justice Bill Passes in MA

Some significant changes in the Massachusetts criminal justice system may soon become law after the Senate passed S 2185. The bill passed by a final vote of 27-10, with one senator absent. The legislation awaits review by the House chamber which, although also dominated by Democrats, could see some revisions though the bill’s advocates are optimistic that most of its … Read More

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.