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.

Can I Appear Before a Criminal Court without an Attorney?

Being charged with a crime can be a jolting experience. As you struggle to understand your options and what you are going to do next, one thing that you will surely think about is whether or not you need a criminal defense lawyer. The following considers the benefits of hiring a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney, and whether or not representing … Read More

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