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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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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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Intimidate a Witness

Is it illegal to intimidate a witness? Yes. 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… Read More
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Legal Inferences

What is an inference? A permissible deduction accepted as believable is an inference. In other words, inferences are little steps in reasoning in which a person takes some known information, applies his or her experience in life to it, and then draws… 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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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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Vandalism

What is vandalism? Vandalism is the crime, punishable under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266, Section 126A, of intentionally painting, marking, or injuring the property of another in a willfully malicious or wanton manner. This post will answer… 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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