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Criminal Summons

Do I have to show up for court when I receive a summons? Yes, in nearly every criminal case, a person is required by law to show up to court when they are mailed or handed a summons to appear in court. There are two main reasons why a person could be… Read More
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What is a Hate Crime?

Civil rights help to protect and preserve the many freedoms we have in our country. Most importantly, they ensure that people are equally protected under the law. This means that regardless of a person’s race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientatio… Read More
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Armed Career Criminal

If you are convicted of a crime in Massachusetts, your punishment could include a term of incarceration. If a judge determines that you must serve time, they will look into your criminal history to determine how long you spend behind bars. A person w… Read More
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Court For Veterans

Is there a veterans’ court? Yes, in Massachusetts, veterans’ treatment courts are available for people charged with crimes who have a history of military service. Veterans’ courts are designed to help veterans’ struggling from mental health a… Read More
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Medical Marijuana

While recreational marijuana has only been legal in Massachusetts since 2017, medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2013. Over the years, the laws have changed, allowing people greater access to marijuana products than ever before. For… Read More
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Public Ways

We hear “public way” all the time, but have you ever wondered what this phrase actually means? Public ways are important in criminal law since many motor vehicle crimes take into consideration if a person is operating on this type of road. Some e… Read More
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COVID-19 Criminal Law Update

On April 3, 2020 the Massachusetts Supreme Court issued an important ruling on how courts across the state should adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Law Office of William J. Barabino is committed to providing updates on how criminal law in Massachus… Read More
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OUI Marijuana and Field Sobriety Tests

When most people hear “OUI” or Operating Under the Influence, they think drunk driving. However, in Massachusetts it is also illegal to drive under the influence of drugs, such as marijuana. This crime is called OUI Drugs. Since marijuana was leg… Read More
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Courts & Coronavirus

The spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has shut down several places and organizations, including public schools, professional sports leagues, and bars and restaurants. But how will the COVID-19 pandemic impact courts in Massachusetts?… Read More
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Search and Seizure

Last week Massachusetts’ highest court issued a decision that will change the rules of impoundment. This decision will impact your rights if you are pulled over for a motor vehicle violation. What is Impoundment? Impoundment occurs when the police… Read More
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