The Lawrence Eagle Tribune reported that a triple murder trial is underway in the Salem Superior Court related to a 2011 murder of a Lawrence woman and her two teenaged children. Jose Luis Tejada has been charged with murder for the deaths of his girlfriend, Milka Rivera, 39, and her two children, Sachary Montanez, 19 and Max Ariel Montanes, 16 on September 4, 2011 during Labor Day weekend. The bodies were found all together in one of the children’s rooms. Continue reading
The litigation of the issuance and extension of 209A Restraining Orders takes up a considerable amount of time in District Courts throughout Massachusetts. Some judges listen carefully to the facts presented at these hearings. Others are afraid not to issue the order. Case law in this area is constantly evolving making your choice of a lawyer an extremely important decision. This post discusses a recent development in this law and why everyone should hire a lawyer for representation at a 209A restraining order hearings.
When a police officer pulls over a driver or stops a driver at a DUI checkpoint because the officer suspects that the driver may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officer will more than likely request that the suspect driver participate in a series of tests commonly referred to as field sobriety tests. In Massachusetts, you have the right to refuse to participate in these tests.
As previously discussed in part 1 of this blog series, if children are present when police come to your home in response to a domestic assault and battery report, they will report the instance of the domestic assault to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) by submitting a 51A report of potential child abuse and neglect, as there is a concern that there may be child abuse in the home as well.
Any close living situation may eventually cause agitation and strife between those people living together. And in some cases, the situation reaches a boiling point and people start to lash out, sometimes even violently. When violence occurs within the home, it is considered domestic assault. In the middle of a heated moment, it can be hard to keep sight of the fact that you love your family members or your children.
The hot topic before the state’s Senate right now is a bill that could give juveniles who are serving a life sentence the opportunity to become eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 20 years, the Berkshire Eagle reports. Continue reading
The drama for the Men’s World Cup has not been limited to the win and loss columns or to the untimely exit of the United States Men’s team. Soccer sensation and Uruguay’s marquee player Luis Suarez was fined $100,000.00 and banned from the sport for four months for biting the ear of Italian Defender Giorgio Chiellini. This raises an interesting issue of whether this type of conduct warrants criminal prosecution.
The Fourth of July holiday is one that is often celebrated by gatherings of friends and family members enjoying a barbeque-style meal, with lots of fireworks. The festivities are often accompanied by the consumption of alcohol. This year, Independence Day fell on a Friday – a convenient circumstance given that fireworks are often the most spectacular late at night and Fridays make for excellent party nights since many individuals do not have work on Saturday morning. Undoubtedly, there were most likely some Massachusetts drivers who didn’t exercise their best judgment this past weekend, and who drank alcohol and then proceeded to drive a vehicle. Continue reading
During the summer time, when the kids are finally out of school, many families take the opportunity to spend time together at amusement parks together. One very popular local family fun destination is Canobie Lake Park, located in Salem, New Hampshire. Canobie has a reputation as a safe place where families can indulge in the thrills of roller coasters, enjoy some live entertainment and play carnival-style games. Continue reading