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Possession of Child Pornography

Child pornography is one way children are exploited. According to the US Department of Justice, child pornography is any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years old). Last year alone a total of 3,771 pe… Read More
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Texting and Driving

Is texting and driving illegal? In Massachusetts you could get into legal trouble if you text and drive. Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law last November making it illegal to use hand-held devices, like cell phones, while behind the wheel.… Read More
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Social Media and Criminal Law

There is no doubt that we are living in an age of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and other apps are now a regular part of our daily lives. The traditional letter and phone call are now being replaced by texting and video calls.… Read More
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GPS Monitoring

Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 47 certain crimes require people placed on probation to wear a GPS monitoring device. These crimes include sex crimes and crimes against children. How much would a GPS monitoring device interfere… Read More
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CORI Check and Complaints

When you are applying for a job or admission to a school your CORI or criminal record will often be checked. This is an important part of the application process, because your future may depend on what your record says about you. There are many laws,… Read More
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Who Can See My Criminal Record?

Having a criminal record can be scary. If you have one, there is a good chance that you may be worried about who can see it. Employers, schools, hospitals, and even the media might be interested in looking into your history. It is important to unders… Read More
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What is in a Criminal Record?

We hear about criminal records all the time: on the news, in job applications, and in court. But what exactly is a criminal record? What information goes on one and who can see this information? It is important for anybody who has ever been charged w… Read More
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Eyewitness Identification and Expert Opinion

A witness who observes or knows about criminal acts is essential to a prosecutor’s case. This testimony is so important that it could be the difference between a defendant being acquitted or convicted. Consequently, courts have developed certain ru… Read More
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Probation Violation

If you admit to a crime or are found guilty of a crime you are generally, but not always, placed on probation. You need to follow certain rules. Condition(s) of probation are the rules in probation. If you don’t follow the rules you get a notif… Read More
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Is Your Mug Shot Private?

When you are arrested, the public generally does not see your mug shot. But could they? And how? These are questions courts in Massachusetts are considering. How much information does the public see about you when after an arrest? What is a booking p… Read More
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