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Investigations lead to drug, weapons charges in Massachusetts

Law enforcement agencies often coordinate major efforts in operations targeting hot-button issues. When they make arrests and file charges as a result of these operations, they may bask in the headlines for a news cycle before moving on, but the challenges for those accused of these crimes are just beginning.

What constitutes burglary?

The crime of burglary has been around for a long time. So long, in fact, that the definition of the crime has evolved. We'll take a closer look this week at what constitutes burglary in 2018 with the understanding that the information is general in nature only and not intended to be taken as legal advice.

Police accuse five of multiple break-ins in Quincy and elsewhere

When Quincy residents are arrested on criminal charges, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Those individuals facing criminal charges often feel like they have no say in what is happening. They may not even understand their rights in terms of criminal defense.

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.

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