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

Qualities to Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer

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.

Can I Be Arrested for a DUI Because I Fail a Roadside Sobriety Test?

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

Will I Be Released on Bail?

Whether you have been through the criminal process before or watched a crime show on TV, you probably know a little bit about bail. At the very least, you likely know that those who are charged with a crime are often released on bail, and that sometimes, this can be very expensive.

Why Might a Trial Be Declared a Mistrial?

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

What Will Happen if I Violate My Probation?

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

What Should I Do If Accused of Domestic Violence?

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

The Criminal Process: What Happens After an Arrest?

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

Felony Appeals in Massachusetts

Being convicted of a state felony crime has serious repercussions. These repercussions often begin with a large fine and a prison sentence, but extend to a black mark on your permanent criminal record, limited housing and work opportunities, and other restrictions on future possibilities.

What Is a Cinderella License in Massachusetts?

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