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WHAT HAPPENS AT AN ARRAIG…

WHAT HAPPENS AT AN ARRAIGNMENT?

WHAT HAPPENS AT AN ARRAIGNMENT?   BEFORE your arraignment, you will arrive at the Courthouse. You will be dressed in a way that demonstrates that you take this event very seriously. Also, you will check with your lawyer to make sure that cellphone… Read More
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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CIVIL…

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CIVIL INFRACTIONS, MISDEMEANORS AND FELONIES?

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CIVIL INFRACTIONS, MISDEMEANORS AND FELONIES?  CIVIL INFRACTION: A civil infraction is a minor violation. Many traffic violations are civil infractions, such as speeding and running a red light. The punishment for a civil infract… Read More
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WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO ME…

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MEET WITH MY DEFENSE ATTORNEY?

Your First Meeting When meeting with a lawyer for the first time, try and present him or her with as much information as possible. Here are some things to remember: Bring any and all documentation you have pertaining to your arrest. This might incl… Read More
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WHAT IS DIVERSION IN COUR…

WHAT IS DIVERSION IN COURT?

WHAT IS DIVERSION IN COURT? Diversion refers to a process where cases are dismissed prior to arraignment. In exchange for dismissing the charges prior to the case even beginning, the person usually has to complete a program or treatment of some kind… Read More
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MIRANDA RIGHTS—50 Years

MIRANDA RIGHTS—50 Years

Nearly fifty years ago the Miranda Rights were born. Criminal Defense lawyers are extraordinarily familiar with the rule, since whether someone was given the rights, given the rights correctly and whether they were administered voluntarily are all ve… Read More
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CHALLENGING THE POLICE 4t…

CHALLENGING THE POLICE 4th AMENDMENT

Criminal Defense Attorneys are the enforcers of the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and State Constitution.  They are the advocates who bring questionable searches and seizures to the courts attention. If they bring it to the court and the co… Read More
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SECTION 35 INVOLUNTARY CO…

SECTION 35 INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT

In Massachusetts, if a family member believes that their loved one is harming themselves with drug or alcohol they can petition the court. When they petition the court the police will pick them up and they will be brought to court for an emergency he… Read More
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SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BOA…

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BOARD (SORB)

  In December 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court announced a new standard of proof for classification of sex offenders. The court said, “We conclude that due process requires that a sex offender’s risk level be proved by clear and convincing… Read More
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THE WRONGFUL IDENTIFICATI…

THE WRONGFUL IDENTIFICATION

People get charged for crimes they didn’t commit—or weren’t even involved in. It is not a common occurrence, but it does occur.  One reason people get charged for crimes they didn’t commit is because someone identified the person mistakenly.… Read More
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WHAT IS: GUILTY BEYOND A…

WHAT IS: GUILTY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT?

WHAT IS: GUILTY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT? Most of us are familiar with the term, GUILTY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.  It is the standard of proof required to convict someone criminally in the United States. In any trial, the judge who presides over t… Read More
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