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

DUI Checkpoints In Massachusetts – What You Need To Know

Most people understand that if they are driving on Massachusetts’ roads and they perform a dangerous or illegal maneuver, a police officer has probable cause to pull them over, and will likely to do so. If the person is intoxicated at the time, a police officer can ask them to submit to a breathalyzer test, and arrest them for a … Read More

The Criminal Law Process – What Happens After Arrest?

If you are arrested in Massachusetts, understanding the criminal process and what happens next is absolutely essential; if you don’t know what to expect and how the process works, you may be unaware of your rights during it. Here is a look into what happens after arrest in Massachusetts:

False Sexual Assault Accusation

Being accused of committing sexual assault is a very serious allegation. Further, even if the accusation is false, if there is any evidence against you whatsoever – including the testimony of the supposed “victim” – fighting charges may be very difficult, and you may find yourself behind bars. If you have been falsely accused of a sexual assault crime in … Read More

Cyber Bullying

Bullying has been around for ages, but today there is a new twist to the old formula known as cyber bullying. Many states already have laws in place that punish people guilty of bullying, however some states don’t have any provisions in place that include cyber bullying…yet. Law makers are actively trying to update old laws to include new technologies … Read More