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Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018 Summary

UPDATE: Criminal Justice Reform Bill of 2018 New Crime Bill for Massachusetts 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 and expect… Read More
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Continued Without a Finding (CWOF)

WHAT IS A CWOF? A Continuation Without a Finding (CWOF) is a type of deal where a person admits that there is enough evidence for a reasonable jury to find them guilty. In exchange, the person is placed on probation, which will lead to the case being… Read More
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What is Pre-trial Probation

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 that th… 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, it 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 case… Read More
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Reasonable Suspicion and Drug Trafficking

REASONABLE SUSPICION AND DRUG TRAFFICKING Massachusetts law allows police to stop and frisk a person if they have reasonable suspicion that a person has committed a crime, they are about to commit one, or the person is armed and dangerous. Commonweal… 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 cellphones are… Read More
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Differences 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 infraction… Read More
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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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Fourth Amendment Challenge

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 cour… Read More
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Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB)

Sex Offender Registry Board In December 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court announced a new standard of proof for classification of sex offenders. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 6, Section 178D creates a Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). The purpo… Read More
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