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Local Organization Shifts Law Enforcement's View on Prostitution

In 2014, a report from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting released a report that police in Worcester, Massachusetts were disproportionally arresting more women than men for ...
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Can I be convicted of perjury by saying "I don't remember?"

If you honestly don't remember, then tell the truth and say that you do not recall. If saying the words "I don't remember" is really an excuse for refusing to testify, then you may ...
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Can I represent myself in a Massachusetts criminal offense?

Yes. You can represent yourself in a Massachusetts criminal offense. You can also pull out an aching tooth with a wrench. But you should not do either of these things yourself. An attorney by ...
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What kind of questions should I ask when meeting a criminal lawyer for the first time?

Here are 10 examples of the kind of questions to ask when you meet a criminal lawyer for the first time. What was the result in your last jury trial? When was your last jury trial? Why did you win or ...
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What is a CWOF?

The letters C-W-O-F stand for "continuance without a finding." In order to receive a CWOF, the Defendant must admit to sufficient facts for a finding of guilty. One benefit of a CWOF is that ...
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Do I need to hire an attorney if I plan on pleading guilty?

Yes. The Sixth Amendment guarantee of effective assistance of counsel is a fundamental right essential to a fair trial. The specific procedures required to complete a guilty plea in open court are a ...
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CDL Appeals update

A CWOF means a conviction for the revocation of a CDL under G.L. c. 90F, § 1. Tirado v. Board of Appeal on Motor Vehicle Liability Policies and Bonds (and two consolidated cases) SJC-11818, July ...
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Massachusetts Breath Testing Problems

The Massachusetts Office of Alcohol Testing ("OAT") oversees the breath test program for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Each machine is assigned a serial number. These machines are ...
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Probation Violation Hearings

If you or a loved one is accused of violating conditions of probation, you are entitled to a hearing. A person found in violation of the conditions of probation may be sentenced for the original ...
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How to get out of a DUI

Put this phone number in your cell phone right now: 617-221-3244. If you or a loved one are pulled over by the police, call me immediately, day or night. The best way to prevent a conviction of ...
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What is the difference between drug trafficking and drug possession?

The difference between drug possession with intent to distribute and drug trafficking is the weight. Different classes of drugs have different weights that determine the severity of the offense. The ...
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What are the consequences of my OUI?

The general consequences of a DUI depend upon your prior convictions and the specific facts of your case. The loss of license is in addition to any loss suspension or revocation for a chemical test ...
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What happens if I refuse a breath test in Boston?

The result of refusing a breath test in Boston is the same as everywhere else in Massachusetts. It depends upon the number of times you have been previously convicted of OUI or a similar offense. G.L. ...
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How can I clear my criminal record?

A non-conviction or first time drug offense is the most common type of court activity that people successfully seal. Cases that ended in a not guilty or no probable cause disposions may be sealed by a ...
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Do the police need a warrant to arrest me?

No. The police do not need a warrant to arrest you. The police need probable cause to arrest you. So then what is probable cause? It is a term often used, probably well understood, but not easily ...
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Is medical marijuana or MMJ legal in Boston?

Possession of cannabis is still a violation of federal law. As of March 13, 2013 patients with a valid physician's certification for the medical use of cannabis may possess up to a 60 day supply ...
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Will I have to have an ignition interlock device on my car?

No. It is never mandatory that you place an ignition interlock on your vehicle. However, if you choose to obtain a hardship license prior to the expiration of the entire period of alcohol related ...
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What is the difference between drug trafficking and drug possession?

The difference between drug possession with intent to distribute and drug trafficking is the weight. Different classes of drugs have different weights that determine the severity of the offense. The ...
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Is medical marijuana or mmj legal in Boston?

Possession of cannabis is still a violation of federal law. As of March 13, 2013 patients with a valid physician's certification for the medical use of cannabis may possess up to a 60 day supply ...
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What are the consequences of my DUI?

The general consequences of a DUI depend upon your prior convictions and the specific facts of your case. The loss of license is in addition to any loss suspension or revocation for a chemical test ...
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What happens if I refuse a breath test in Boston?

The result of refusing a breath test in Boston is the same as everywhere else in Massachusetts. It depends upon the number of times you have been previously convicted of OUI or a similar offense. G.L. ...
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What are the penalties for drug possession in a school zone?

If you've been arrested for drug possession in a school zone, then you may be facing much stricter penalties. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C Section 32J defines a school zone as any real ...
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MGL c.90 s.24

In Massachusetts, intoxicated driving charges are covered under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90, Section 24. In short, the law states that any person who operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol ...
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How to Hire the Best DUI Lawyer

Hiring a lawyer is like choosing your surgeon. A DUI arrest is similar to a virus that invades the each part of your life and proceeds to ruin it. When my sister had a brain tumor, we went to Boston ...
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What To Do When Arrested for Drug Possession

Have you been arrested for drug possession and are now wondering what you should do? First of all, you should get a lawyer immediately. An experienced legal representative will be able to guide you ...
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