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Improper Storage of a Firearm

It is illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to improperly store a firearm. Whether you are lawfully licensed to own or carry a firearm or not, improper storage is a criminal offense. Anyone in Massachusetts who doesn’t store a firearm proper… Read More
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Firearm While Committing a Felony

The Second Amendment of the US Constitution gives all citizens the right to bear arms. However, states are also allowed to regulate how firearms and used and handled. Every state has different rules. Massachusetts is a state that takes gun laws very… Read More
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Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Building

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution gives all citizens the right to bear arms. However, even though you have a constitutional right to own and use a gun, states can regulate when and how people may lawfully use one. In Massachusetts, the poli… Read More
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What is a (Secret) Grand Jury?

All Grand Juries are secret. Think of a Grand Jury as investigators. Its job is to listen to sworn testimony and review documents in secret to determine if a person should be charged with a crime. Grand juries do not decide if a person is guilty or i… Read More
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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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