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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ACT of 2018 Summary

UPDATE: Criminal Justice Reform Bill of 2018New Crime Bill for Massachusetts UPDATE Within the past few weeks, recent legislation has been written that changes the criminal justice system in Massachusetts. The law is lengthy and detailed.  I hope an… Read More
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Attorney Barabino is pleased to be one of the Sponsors of The Marine Corps Scholarship

LAW OFFICE OF WILLIAM J. BARABINO is  pleased to be one of the Sponsors of The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Honor run 5K taking place on May 5th 2018. The Marine Corps Honor Run 5K is the Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-bas… Read More
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WHAT IS A CONTINUED WITHOUT A FINDING IN MASSACHUSETTS?

WHAT IS A CONTINUED WITHOUT A FINDING IN MASSACHUSETTS? A continued without a finding “CWOF” is term used to describe an agreement between a defendant charged with a crime and the court.  Often people within the court system will sound out the a… Read More
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WHAT IS PRE-TRIAL PROBATION OR A GENERAL CONTINUANCE?

WHAT IS PRE-TRIAL PROBATION G.L. c. 276, § 87 Pre-trial Probation or a “General Continuance” is a highly sought criminal disposition (result).  It is a conditional disposition anticipating dismissal of criminal charges.  It basically means tha… Read More
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CAN A COURT ORDER ME TO FOLLOW CONDITIONS OF RELEASE?

Can the Court Order Me to Abide by Conditions of Release? Yes, they can.  When someone is arraigned in court and notified the charges against them, the District Attorney may ask for cash bail—meaning they pay money for the court to hold until the… Read More
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REASONABLE SUSPICION AND DRUG TRAFFICKING

REASONABLE SUSPICION AND DRUG TRAFFICKING The law around search and seizure is a complicated one. There are many subtle interpretations and those interpretations change all the time. Most recently, the Mass. Supreme Court ruled that when people are p… Read More
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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 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 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 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 kin… Read More
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