Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Violation

Some people have to be able to drive in order to do their job, and things can get difficult for them if they find themselves charged with a violation of the law that could lead to the loss of their driving privileges. This is particularly a problem for drivers who have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) that allows them to operate commercial motor vehicles. There can be significant consequences to Massachusetts motor vehicle violations.  Continue reading


Vandalism and Malicious Destruction to Property

Halloween is traditionally a time when young people exercise poor judgement and commit acts of vandalism and malicious destruction of property. Some do it as a prank or a joke, others do it with malicious intent. This year, two teens from Burlington were arrested for acts of vandalism to a mosque early in the morning hours after Halloween, according to a Boston Globe news report.   Continue reading


Heat of Passion

Consider the following hypothetical scenario: A jealous man comes home from a business trip early and finds his wife in bed with someone else. Gripped by betrayal and rage, the jealous man attacks the other man, beating him severely. The jealous husband does considerably more harm to the other man than is reasonable in this situation. The wife, in a panic, calls the police. Once the police arrive, the jealous husband is arrested, the other man is hospitalized, and the wife is left shaken and scared. Continue reading


Controlled Substances

The Boston Globe recently reported a story about a settlement that Massachusetts General Hospital will pay to the federal government after allegations that the hospital’s lax internal controls over employee access to controlled substances resulted in the theft of thousands of prescription pain medication pills. Drug diversion, which is the use of controlled substances for nonmedical purposes, was alleged against the hospital after it was discovered that a handful of nurse employees were stealing oxycodone and other painkillers over a period of three and a half years, spanning from October of 2011 until April of 2015. Continue reading


Convicted Drug Offenders

The Massachusetts Senate recently unanimously approved a bill that is geared towards allowing convicted drug offenders to keep their driver’s licenses. The push behind the new bill is to address the issue of how difficult it is for convicted drug offenders to get a job with a criminal record, let alone how difficult it is to get to work without a driver’s license. This tough-on-crime approach is outdated and makes things considerably more difficult for those who have drug convictions. A recent blog post concerning the current state of the law can be found here.  Continue reading


If you supply or hold guns you face serious felony charges.

An unfortunate scenario that often lands women in trouble with the law is when they unwittingly become involved in the illegal holding, supplying, or trafficking of weapons to those who are not permitted by law to have them. Many women find themselves pressured by family members, husbands, boyfriends, etc. to serve as a straw purchaser, someone who buys a gun or other weapon on behalf of someone else who is unable to purchase the gun or weapon themselves. If you supply or hold guns you face serious criminal legal problems.  Continue reading


Massachusetts Drug Offense Conviction

One of the lesser known but significantly impactful consequences of a Massachusetts drug offense conviction is that you will lose your driver’s license. Under 540 CMR 20.03, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will suspend your driving abilities when you violate the Controlled Substance Law of the Commonwealth (M.G.L. c. 94C) or the controlled substance laws of any other state or country. Driver’s licenses can be suspended for one to five years depending on the drug conviction. Continue reading


Ignorance of the Law is Not a Defense

There are plenty of instances in which someone does something illegal without knowing that it is a violation of the law. Ignorance of the law is not a defense to committing a crime and only in the most limited of circumstances can ignorance of the law be used to help reduce the charges pending against the unwitting perpetrator. Continue reading


Heroin Trafficking Defense Attorney

Fentanyl is an opioid used for pain management therapies that has become a popular street drug in recent years. It is classified as a Class B controlled substance under Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 94C, Section 31. It is used to cut heroin, cocaine, and other drugs, often without the knowledge of the person taking the drugs. Fentanyl is a powerful drug that increases the potency of heroin and other drugs when mixed with them. Heroin overdose deaths in Massachusetts have been on the rise for many years, and increasingly, toxicology investigations find that the fentanyl being mixed with the heroin is contributing to these deaths. Continue reading


Body Cameras…They Might Help You Win Your Case

In light of so many instances of police-involved shootings over the past year across the country, the Boston City Council is considering a proposed pilot program that would have Boston city police wearing body cameras to record officers’ activities, CBSBoston reports. The purpose of the cameras would be to observe the officers’ actions in an unbiased way, including their interactions with civilians and suspects. Continue reading

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