Is The Smell of Pot Enough For a Search

Whether pot should be legal is a hot topic across the country. Several states have enacted laws legalizing the use and possession of marijuana, and many other states are considering similar legislation. Many think that Massachusetts may become one of the next states to legalize pot, and marijuana is already legal in the Bay State for medical use. Possession of marijuana for personal use has been decriminalized in Massachusetts, and being caught with one ounce or less in your possession is a civil offense and requires the payment of a fine of no more than $100. Getting caught with more than an ounce for personal use is a misdemeanor and could carrying some jail time and a fine. Significant jail time and hefty fines still exist for those individuals who get caught with a large amount of pot in their possession. So a question in marijuana drug cases that seems to arise is “is the smell of pot enough for a search?” Continue reading


Defend Yourself Against The Possession of Firearms And Narcotics

Firearm laws are clearly defined and strictly enforced in Massachusetts. Anyone wanting to legally possess or carry a firearm must follow strict protocol and carry a firearm identification card, or FID. While gun violation penalties are serious, they are increasingly severe in the presence a controlled substance. If you find yourself facing charges involving both a firearm and controlled substance, contact a criminal defense attorney right away. This post examines how you might defend yourself against the possession of firearms and narcotics. Continue reading


Restraining Order Defense Attorney in Massachusetts

If you have been served with a protective order in Boston, you are not alone.  Every year, thousands of Massachusetts citizens, mostly men, are falsely accused of abuse of many kinds, resulting in restraining orders being issued against them.  But with the right information and legal counsel, you can defend yourself against the alleged plaintiff’s accusations. Hiring the right restraining order defense attorney in Massachusetts might be the best decision you ever make. Continue reading

The Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports that a Webster woman has been charged with stealing the identity of 22 individuals, some of which belonged to patients at the hospital where she worked. Katherine Benitez, a 54-year-old employee of University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, located in Worcester, was fired earlier this year after accessing the personal files of more than 2,400 patients at the hospital. She later used the identity of 9 of those patients, and many other stolen identities to purchase utility services and cellular telephones. At this time, the police believe that Benitez’s daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend are also involved in the identity theft scheme as well. Beneitez is being changed with conspiracy, larceny, forgery and multiple counts of identity fraud. Massachusetts identity theft defense lawyer Kathleen McCarthy defends these kinds of crimes.

Massachusetts Identity Theft Defense Lawyer

Massachusetts Identity Theft Defense Lawyer

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Protect Yourself Against Restraining Order Abuse

In an ideal world, a restraining order would serve only to protect an innocent party from a former partner’s acts of abuse. However, the court system is designed to look out for the rights of women and often allow an accuser to manipulate the law in service of their own agenda. Police are trained to act upon any reported violation of a protective order and will assume the guilt of the accused, despite the legal premise of innocent until proven guilty. To protect the safety and welfare of the alleged “victim,” courts will often disregard the rights of the accused.  The post focuses on restraining order abuse and how you can protect yourself from it.  Continue reading

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Served With a Restraining Order in Massachusetts

Restraining orders, or protective orders, are serious legal mandates. Any violation could subject you to severe legal penalties, especially if a violation is made while on probation or parole. When served with a protective order, you should always act fast in obtaining legal defense. Never try to represent yourself and be careful of what you say to the police. The sooner you consult with a criminal defense attorney, the better your chances will be to avoid criminal charges and protect your personal record. Continue reading


DUI in Massachusetts

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a mistake that many Massachusetts folks make every year. While getting the initial DUI in Massachusetts or anywhere is bad, there are a number of things that the suspected driver can do to exacerbate the situation. The following includes three things that you should keep in mind if you are pulled over for a suspected DUI. Continue reading

A cocaine possession charge can have drastic consequences on your life, both personally and professionally. In Massachusetts, a cocaine possession charge can result in serious jail time and fines, along with the one-year loss of driving privileges. If you are facing a charge of cocaine possession, don’t fight the case on your own. Instead, consult an experienced local defense lawyer to fight for your best interests.

Cocaine Possession in Massachusetts

Cocaine Possession in Massachusetts

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Defend Yourself Against a Drug Trafficking Charge

A drug trafficking charge in Massachusetts is much more serious than straight possession.   If a guilty verdict is reached, you will face serious jail time and fines, in addition to personal and professional losses. Hiring a lawyer experienced in local drug law is the only way to avoid these severe penalties and salvage your reputation. The article examines how to defend yourself against a drug trafficking charge.  Continue reading

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Challenging Breathalyzer Test Results in Massachusetts

It is undeniable that facing a DUI charge is an embarrassing and potentially life-altering ordeal. However, when armed with the right information and legal counsel, you can use the circumstances of your arrest to protect your innocence and restore your clean driving record. There are times when you should consider challenging breathalyzer test results in Massachusetts.  Continue reading

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