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Threatening To Commit A Crime

Many people in Massachusetts underestimate the power that making a threat can have. Most people think that a threat is just words and that it is okay to make idle threats when you are mad. However, Massachusetts law enforcement takes threatening to commit a crime very seriously. Below are a few recent news reports in which people were charged with threatening to commit a crime, to illustrate just how common these cases are. Continue reading

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Involuntary Manslaughter and Gun Charges

Early this month, a Boston man was convicted for involuntary manslaughter for the death of a victim who died from a fatal asthma attack, wbur.com reports. In January of 2012, Michael Stallings, 26 years old, instigated a shooting on a group of men, allegedly as an act of gang violence. While not a single bullet hit any of the men, the incident triggered an asthma attack in one of the men, Kelvin Rowell, age 40, as Rowell was fleeing from the perceived danger of the shots fired. Rowell was a bystander and not part of the alleged gang quarrel. Rowell was taken to the hospital where he stayed for over a month before he ultimately fell into a coma and died. Continue reading

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The Cost of a DUI in Massachusetts

A DUI is not something you are charged with everyday. In fact, many people who get a DUI are first-time offenders who really have no idea what the cost of a DUI conviction is. Not only are there long-lasting repercussions to your reputation, future job prospects, and your ability to drive, but the financial consequences of a DUI add up to a lot of money. Below are some of the costs that are associated with a DUI. Continue reading

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Massachusetts Crime Lab Wrongdoing

On the heels of the Annie Dookhan investigation, it came to light that there was misconduct on the part of another state chemical analysis lab technician at a drug crime lab in Amherst, Massachusetts. It was discovered that state chemist, Sonja Farak, had tampered with drug evidence samples she analyzed in 2013. Farak, who was struggling with a drug addiction, had removed cocaine from some drug evidence samples that had been submitted to the lab for testing. When the misconduct was discovered, and Farak was charged for her crimes, the Commonwealth conducted an investigation; however, there is a dispute over whether the Commonwealth made a sufficient effort to uncover just how long Farak had been conducting her lab work in this way, and how many potential drug cases were impacted by her actions. Once again Massachusetts crime lab wrongdoing issues surfaced.  Continue reading

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Charged With Massachusetts Drug Crimes

In an effort to help combat opiate addiction in Gloucester, Massachusetts, local police have put forth a plan that would offer opiate addicts the chance to get the help they need without having to face the consequences of drug possession criminal charges, reports Boston.com. In a unique approach that attacks heroin demand, rather than the heroin supply streams, Gloucester police are looking at the problem as people who have an addiction that need help rather than rampant criminal activity fueled by dark motives such as obtaining and distributing illegal drugs for profit. Continue reading

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Probation Violations Because of Technological Failures

What happens if you are on probation, parole, or are under house arrest when your ankle bracelet malfunctions? What if it stops transmitting a GPS signal and the police are unable to verify where you are? You aren’t technically in violation of your probation; but how are the authorities to know that if your electronic monitoring device cuts out? Probation violations because of technological failures is becoming an issue in Massachusetts that makes it necessary for you to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.  Continue reading

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Law Abiding Protesters Getting Charged With Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest

Over the past year, numerous Americans across the country have passionately vocalized their stance against state law enforcement violence towards unarmed criminal suspects who are African American. A movement has begun that supports raising awareness of this nationwide issue, and activists who belong to the movement have banded together to organize protests in a number of states. The main entity in the movement that is gathering traction with the people is a campaign known as Black Lives Matter. Unfortunately, many of the people involved in these gatherings are getting charged with crimes such as disorderly conduct, resisting arrest.  Continue reading

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Drugged Driving

Many people do not think that driving while under the influence of drugs is a crime akin to drunk driving, but driving while intoxicated by drugs, such as marijuana or prescription medications, is driving under the influence, nonetheless. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a report noting that while the number of drivers that are driving under the influence of alcohol is gradually decreasing compared to years past, the number of drivers that are driving while under the influence of drugs is on the rise. Continue reading

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Hire A Criminal Defense Lawyer

We never like to think that our teenagers are bad, or could become involved in some sort of crime or vandalism. We like to think that our kids are generally well-behaved, law-abiding citizens. But countless young adults find themselves wrapped up in allegations of crime. Sometimes it is a matter of the teen exercising poor judgement, sometimes the teen is caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, and sometimes it is the result of false allegations. Whatever the case may be, if your teenaged son or daughter is facing allegations of wrongdoing, you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Continue reading

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Could Marijuana Become Legal in Massachusetts?

You can add Massachusetts’s lawmakers to the list as the most recent group of state legislators looking into the possibility of legalizing marijuana at the state level. Fifteen lawmakers in Massachusetts are in support of a bill, referred to as H.1561, that would tax and regulate the marijuana industry in Massachusetts, bringing the billion-dollar illegal marijuana trade in Massachusetts into a legitimate business sphere where state coffers can benefit from the sale and taxation of marijuana. In addition to producing a new revenue stream for the state, legalizing marijuana would reduce crime by eliminating minor marijuana criminal offenses. Continue reading

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