When you have been charged with a DUI, domestic violence, assault and battery, or any other type of crime in Massachusetts, you have the right to defend yourself against charges. In order to improve the chances that your criminal case is resolved in a manner that best protects your interests, you need to work with a criminal defense lawyer.
If a police officer has reasonable suspicion to do so, they may pull you over and ask you to perform a roadside sobriety test (also called a field sobriety test), or a breathalyzer test. While you have the right to refuse to consent to either, here’s what you need to know if you do agree to a roadside sobriety test … Read More
If you are charged with a crime in Massachusetts, you have the right to defend yourself against those charges, and have the right to a trial by a jury of your peers. In some cases, however, a trial may be declared a mistrial, which means that the trial is not successfully completed. A mistrial may occur for a variety of … Read More
If you are convicted of a crime, part of your sentence may involve probation. Probation refers to a period of time where you are under supervision and required to exercise good behavior. Typically, probation is ordered in place of incarceration time. There are a number of requirements that a person who is placed on probation must follow. Below, read more … Read More
Committing an act of domestic violence in the state of Massachusetts is illegal. And if the defendant is convicted for such an act, the penalties could include a protective/restraining order against the individual, jail or prison time, and a large fine. It could also have other penalties, such as your children being taken away from you or your visitation rights … Read More
Most people know the basics when they are arrested: You have the right to remain silent and refrain from saying anything that could be incriminating; you’re allowed to make a phone call; and representation from a lawyer is a guaranteed constitutional right. But what happens after arrest? What rights does a person who has been charged with a crime have, … Read More
When a person is convicted of an offense involving a motor vehicle, such as an OUI/DUI, they will likely have their driver’s license suspended. While suspending a driver’s license is one of the primary ways that the state of Massachusetts punishes those who are convicted of – or plead guilty to – DUI charges, not having your license can take … Read More
Whether you have ever read a crime thriller or seen Law and Order, you have likely heard the term “probable cause” used quite a few times. While Hollywood may overdo it, probable cause is an essential component of a defendant’s constitutional rights and the criminal justice system. Without probable cause, police are limited in when they may detain, search, and … Read More