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LARCENY OF LEASED OR RENTED PERSONAL PROPERTY

LARCENY OF LEASED OR RENTED PERSONAL PROPERTY This blog post will answer the following legal questions on the crime of larceny of leased or rented personal property: How does the Commonwealth prove a defendant guilty of the offense of larceny of lea… Read More
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Parole Fees, Probation Fees, Non-Payment of Fines or Fees

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2018: REHABILITATION: Parole Fees, Probation Fees, Non-Payment of Fines or Fees On April 13, 2018 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law S.2371 & H.4012 or An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform. T… Read More
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USE OF VEHICLE WITHOUT AUTHORITY

USE OF VEHICLE WITHOUT AUTHORITY This blog post will answer the following questions on use of vehicle without authority: What does Commonwealth law say on the crime of use of a vehicle without authority? How does the Commonwealth prove a defendant g… Read More
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EVIDENCE WITH REDACTED MATERIAL

EVIDENCE WITH REDACTED MATERIAL This post will answer the following legal questions about evidence with redacted material: In a court of law, what is redacted material? Why do courts redact certain documents? In a court of law, what is redacted mat… Read More
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BURNING INSURED PROPERTY

BURNING INSURED PROPERTY This post will answer the following questions on the crime of burning insured property in order to defraud its insurer: What does Commonwealth law say on the crime of burning insured property? What does the Commonwealth have… Read More
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ADMISSION BY SILENCE

ADMISSION BY SILENCE This post will answer the following questions on the legal concept of admission by silence: What is admission by silence? What are the implications of admission by silence? Why are jurors cautious about accepting a response as a… Read More
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DURESS

DURESS What is the legal concept of “duress”? In some legal situations, duress may excuse a person’s committing of what otherwise would be a criminal offense. Duress is a form of coercion. It is constraint illegally exercised to force someone… Read More
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INTIMIDATING A WITNESS, JUROR, COURT OFFICIAL OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

INTIMIDATING A WITNESS, JUROR, COURT OFFICIAL OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER This post will answer the following legal questions on the offense of intimidating a witness, juror, court official or law enforcement officer (AKA “intimidation”): How doe… Read More
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KNOWLEDGE

KNOWLEDGE  This post will answer the following questions about the criminal law concept of knowledge: Legally speaking, what is “knowledge” and how do jurors evaluate it in a criminal case? What kinds of evidence do jurors consider in determini… Read More
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DISTURBING THE PEACE

DISTURBING THE PEACE This post will answer the following legal questions on the offense of disturbing the peace: How does the Commonwealth prove a defendant guilty of the offense of disturbing the peace? What are examples of “unreasonably disrupti… Read More
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