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License or Authority

What can I do with a license? It is the burden of the Commonwealth to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did not have license or authority to do something when you are charged with a crime. However, under G.L. c. 278 § 7 a person relying on a… Read More
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Resisting Arrest

What is Resisting Arrest? In Massachusetts, under M.G.L. c. 268, §32B, a person can be convicted of Resisting Arrest. Resisting Arrest means knowingly preventing or attempting to prevent a police officer from making an arrest by using or threatening… Read More
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Criminal Intent Explained

What is criminal intent? Many crimes require intent for conviction. Intent means being aware of the natural and probable consequences of an action. Specific intent is a conscious act with the determination of the mind to do it according to Commonweal… Read More
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Assault and Battery on a Police Officer or Public Employee

There are many different categories of assault and battery in Massachusetts. Under M.G.L. c. 265, § 13D a person who intentionally touches the person of a police officer or public employee in a way that could cause offense or bodily harm may be puni… Read More
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Assault and Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury

One type of assault and battery in Massachusetts is called Assault and Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury. This crime can be punished by a maximum term of imprisonment of two and one half years or by a fine up to $1000 under M.G.L. c. 265, §13A(b… Read More
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New Domestic Violence Laws

MASSACHUSETTS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS On August 8th, Governor Patrick signed a new law. The new law makes changes to existing domestic violence statutes. The law includes several new initiatives and changes: 1. Amending the criminal statutes to includ… Read More
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