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Use of Vehicle Without Authority

USE OF VEHICLE WITHOUT AUTHORITY Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90, Section 24(2)(a) punishes people who use a motor vehicle without authority knowing that doing so is unauthorized. An important element to this offense is knowledge—a person mus… Read More
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What a Jury Sees

Does a Jury See Everything? What a Jury Sees: The short answer is no. Often times courts sanitize or redact evidence. Normally, the attorney and the district attorney will discuss and either agree to the limit what the jury can see and not see. And i… Read More
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License or Authority ( As a Defense)

LICENSE OR AUTHORITY ( As a Defense) 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 relyin… Read More
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Duress as a Legal Concept

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 t… Read More
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Intimidate a Witness

INTIMIDATE A WITNESS A person who is threatens, attempts to physically harm, or harasses a witness can be charged with Witness Intimidation under M.G.L. c. 268, § 13B. Conviction could result in 10 years imprisonment or a fine between $1000 and $500… Read More
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Disturbing the Peace

DISTURBING THE PEACE Disturbing the Peace is a crime punishable in Massachusetts under M.G.L. c. 272, § 53. A first offensive could result in a fine of up to $150. A subsequent offense could lead to jail time of up to six months and/or a fine of $20… Read More
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Resisting Arrest

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 to use p… Read More
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Disorderly Conduct

DISORDERLY CONDUCT Disorderly Conduct, violent or tumultuous public behavior that causes inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, is punishable in Massachusetts. Under M.G.L. c. 272, § 53 a first offensive could result in a fine of up to $150. A subseque… Read More
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Criminal Harassment

CRIMINAL HARASSMENT Harassment can be a crime in Massachusetts and may result in a Harassment Prevention Order being issued. Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 43A a person who engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or speech on a… Read More
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Larceny By Stealing

LARCENY BY STEALING There are different types of larceny crimes. Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266, Section 30 a person who intentionally takes the personal property of another can be convicted of Larceny by Stealing. What is larceny (AKA… Read More
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