Criminal Defense Archives

Defendant wins bail despite record of deportation, re-entry

In the heat of the national debate over immigration and immigrant rights, it can be all too easy to gloss over the details of any particular case. In immigration law, however, every case is unique, and individuals' stories deserve to be heard - both the bad and the good. A criminal defense professional can play an important role in making sure this happens.

Quincy-area man charged with elder abuse after police chase

Justice is supposed to be blind to those details that play off of our emotions when someone is facing criminal charges. Unfortunately, Quincy residents know that this isn't always the case. Sometimes the eye-popping aspects of criminal allegations overshadow the nature of what a defendant is actually accused of.

Massachusetts judge: immigrant has right to criminal defense

A fundamental principle of our country's justice system is that an individual accused of a crime has the right to defend him or herself in court. However, certain Massachusetts residents facing criminal charges have actually been prevented from appearing at their state court hearings.

The "armed career criminal" charge in Massachusetts law

We used a term in passing in one of our recent Quincy legal issues blog posts that we should pause to define in some detail. The term was "armed career criminal" and has a specific meaning under Massachusetts law, along with specific potential consequences for anyone facing such a charge.

Quincy police search resident's home, file multiple charges

Americans are protected under the U.S. Constitution against unreasonable searches by the police. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy for police to try to justify a search after the fact by alleging that they found something related to criminal activity.

Criminal defense FAQ: how serious is a misdemeanor charge?

As noted previously on our Quincy legal issues blog, Massachusetts could raise the limit for felony larceny from its current threshold of $250. While a felony is a very serious charge, readers should not get the wrong idea about misdemeanors: they are not something to be taken lightly. Just what is a misdemeanor, and how does it differ from other criminal charges?

Massachusetts considers raising felony larceny threshold

Massachusetts state law treats larceny differently depending on the amount or the value that a defendant has allegedly stolen. The current distinction, as well as proposed changes to the law, are important to understand for anyone facing charges associated with this type of crime.

When might an immigrant face the threat of deportation?

Many people immigrate to the United States, including to Massachusetts, in hopes of a finding a better future than the one they would have had in their home country. However, it is very important for those in the country on a visa or green card to not commit a crime, particularly an "aggravated felony" or a crime of "moral turpitude."

Massachusetts man accused of selling beer without license

The craft beer scene is experiencing a huge upswing in popularity in Massachusetts and nationwide. Whether it is an ale, a stout or a lager, beer-enthusiasts in the state are finding a greater selection of their favorite beverage than ever before. Some of them may even take this hobby a step further and try brewing beer in their own homes, with dreams of one day quitting the rat-race and opening a lucrative brewery of their own. However, one Massachusetts man is facing criminal charges for allegedly selling beer without first procuring the proper license.

Helping you initiate a criminal defense

Being charged with a crime is a difficult circumstance to be in. No matter the situation, a defendant is likely to be overwhelmed about the matter and concerned about his or her future. It can be intimidating hearing that authorities and the state have evidence against you. However, it is important for defendants to understand that this does not mean the state has a solid case. Even more so, it does not mean that a defendant does not have an ability to defend against the charges and have them dropped.

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