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

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