As the Trump administration continues its efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, many legal battles have been playing out in Massachusetts courts. Recently, a federal court in Boston began hearing arguments over the enforcement activities of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
If you are interested in immigrating to the United States, you are not alone. Thousands have made the physical trek to the United States and some have become fully naturalized citizens. There are a few factors that could stand in a person's way of becoming a U.S. citizen. In terms of criminal law, a barrier could be felony accusations or even a felony conviction.
It may go without saying, but when accused of a crime, one would be wise to look into building a criminal defense. So what is a criminal defense? Building a criminal defense against criminal accusations could look like building a defense to charge, seeking a plea deal or other rebukes in the prosecution's attempt to pin a crime on the accused. Without one, or with an inadequate defense, it could result in unwanted or unnecessary consequences for the accused.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.