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Human Trafficking

Nearly everyone agrees that human trafficking is a serious crime, and most people know that there are laws against it. However, what fewer people might realize is that the laws against human trafficking are not just federal or international. Human tr… Read More
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Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges

When a person is charged with a crime, they might reach a point in their case where they have to make an important decision. One of the most important is the decision of whether to take a case to trial or make a deal. At the end of the day, to go to… Read More
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Blood Testing for OUI/DWI

When a person is arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol (OUI), police may ask them if they will agree to a breath or blood test. These tests are used to determine if a person has consumed enough alcohol to be above the legal limit for… Read More
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Cell Phone Privacy

A big question in law is how much privacy a person should have in their cell phone. Smartphones are complex tools that allow a person to connect with people and places all over the world. Often we know how we are connecting. We send a text, an email,… Read More
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Pat Frisks by Police

The highest court in Massachusetts decided a new case on stop and frisk this year. The case focuses on how suspicious police officers must be before they may lawfully pat a person down during a traffic stop.Like all cases decided by the Supreme Judic… Read More
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What is OUI-drugs?

When we hear “OUI” the first thing that comes to mind for many people is drunk driving. That makes sense. Operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor is one of the most frequently charged crimes in Massachusetts. TV shows and movies migh… Read More
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What is POST?

In 2020, Massachusetts passed a new law on police reform. Among other things, the legislation created a commission to certify and decertify police officers called “POST.” This new law has impacted how law enforcement officers do their job and cou… Read More
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Supreme Court and Recent Gun Laws

Last month the US Supreme Court made a major decision on gun rights. The change in law will have a significant impact on the right of people to carry firearms in self-defense. But as with many Supreme Court decisions, there are questions on how the h… Read More
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Cooperating Witnesses

In TV crime dramas there are often scenes where a person accused of a crime talks with prosecutors to get a favorable deal. These programs don’t usually reflect reality, but it is true that sometimes it is in the best interest of a person accused o… Read More
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Police Stops and Profiling

Massachusetts recently published a study on racial bias in police traffic stops. The study found no evidence of racial profiling. This is good news for everyone in Massachusetts. When a study comes out on selective police targeting attentive criminal… Read More
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