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Bail Jumping

What is bail jumping? Bail Jumping. Under Massachusetts’s law, a defendant failing to appear in court after released on bail is committing a crime. Massachusetts law specifically states that: “A person who is released by court order or other lawf… Read More
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What does a Jury See?

Does a jury see everything? 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 if the parties can&… Read More
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Transferred Intent

What is transferred intent? One of the elements of most crimes that the Commonwealth must to prove is “intent”. There is a related legal principle called “transferred intent.” This applies when a person intends to harm one person but instead… Read More
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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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Admission by Silence

Can I go to jail if I do not speak to police? Recently, a client called concerned that she DID NOT respond to accusations from police when she was accused of shoplifting. While in the parking lot of a store she was confronted by police. The police wa… Read More
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Phone Betting

What is phone betting? A defendant is charged with the crime of “use of telephone for betting” when he or she unlawfully is (ONE OR MORE): Using a telephone Permitting a telephone …for betting purposes. What is the law on phone betting? Commonw… Read More
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Harassing or Obscene Phone Calls

What is the law on harassing or obscene phone calls? Massachusetts law states: “Whoever telephones another person or causes a person to be telephoned, contacts another person by electronic communication, or causes a person to be contacted by electr… Read More
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Disturbing the Peace

What is 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 fi… 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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Intoxication With Alcohol or Drugs

While intoxication is never by itself an excuse or justification for a crime, it may be a relevant consideration in a case involving criminal charges. It is normally not a defense for intent, but according to Commonwealth v. Sama, 411 Mass. 293, may… Read More
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