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Shoplifting Offense

SHOPLIFTING Firstly, what shoplifting-related offenses exist under Massachusetts’s law? Under Commonwealth law, a defendant can be charged with ANY of the following shoplifting-related offenses: Shoplifting Concealing merchandise shoplifting Shopl… Read More
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Defense of Property

DEFENSE OF PROPERTY This post will answer the following two legal questions regarding defense of property: Can a person use to force to defend or regain his or her property from someone who has no right to it (e.g. a trespasser)? How does the Common… Read More
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Defense of Another

DEFENSE OF ANOTHER This post will answer the following legal questions regarding the defense of another: Can a person use force to defend another? How does the Commonwealth prove a person did not use force to come to the aid of another person? Why d… Read More
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Self-Defense

SELF-DEFENSE On this page, you will find answers to the following legal questions about self-defense: Is a person in Massachusetts allowed to act in self-defense? How does the Commonwealth prove a defendant did NOT act in self-defense, with the use… Read More
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Parental Discipline

PARENTAL DISCIPLINE This post will answer the following questions on the legal defense of parental discipline: What is the law on parental discipline against a minor child? What happens if the alleged victim of a parent or stepparent was under the a… Read More
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