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

What Is Probable Cause?

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

What Are Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint?

In the majority of cases, a police officer must have probable cause to stop your vehicle – e.g., you are speeding and swerving, so the officer has cause to believe you are intoxicated. At DUI checkpoints in Massachusetts, however, police officers are allowed to stop vehicles in order to check for any suspicious or driving under the influence activity. Because … Read More

Assault and Battery Defenses

Being convicted with the crime of assault and battery – the act of instilling fear of bodily harm in another and engaging in any type of unwanted physical contact with that person – is a serious crime. In fact, a first-time assault and battery conviction is punishable by a prison sentence of up to two and a half years, and … Read More

What Are My Rights When Asked to Perform a Field Sobriety Test?

If you are pulled over by a police officer while driving in Massachusetts, and the police officer suspects that you may operating under the influence (OUI), you may be asked to perform a field sobriety test. While many people believe that not only do they have a legal obligation to submit to a field sobriety test, but also that doing … Read More

Should You Blow in the Breathalyzer?

A breathalyzer test is one of the easiest ways for a police officer to determine an individual’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC), acquire probable cause, and for the prosecution to have evidence for a DUI conviction. As such, if you are pulled over and you have had an alcoholic beverage to drink, you may be wondering whether or not you should … Read More

Police Brutality in Boston

Across the nation, people have taken to the streets in recent months to protest police brutality. In July of 2016 alone, more than 1,000 demonstrated against police brutality on a single day in the city of Boston in an event organized by Mass Action Against Police Brutality. The issue is becoming of great concern as the number of police shootings … Read More

The Second OUI/DUI Arrest – What You Need to Know

Being arrested and convicted of an OUI, often called a DUI, is not only scary; it can have a big effect on your future. But what is even worse than a first DUI arrest and conviction is a second DUI arrest and conviction. If you are arrested for your second DUI in Massachusetts, here is a look into what you … Read More