6 Foreclosure Defenses for MA Homeowners

Homeowners and foreclosure defense lawyers have been increasingly successful in stopping foreclosures and establishing equitable solutions for keeping people in their homes under reasonable terms. From Truth In Lending enforcements to mortgage transparency rulings, the trend is clear: homeowners who fight a wrongful foreclosure can win. We stay on top of all foreclosure defense strategies at our Massachusetts bankruptcy and foreclosure defense firm. We’re happy to provide the following information in hopes it may be useful to you. Just One … Continued

Homicide By Motor Vehicle While OUI

Vehicular homicide laws in Massachusetts include homicide by operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI). Defendants in these tragic cases face a wide range of punishments that are possible upon a conviction. The difference in jail or prison time largely depends on how the state charges you, and whether they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving under the influence at the time of the car accident. Vehicular Homicide Laws A car … Continued

Could I Lose My College Financial Aid From a Drug Conviction?

The answer is Yes. A college student facing drug charges in Massachusetts or elsewhere risks losing their opportunity to receive federal financial aid if the outcome in the criminal case results in a conviction. FAFSA Drug Conviction Policy All student financial need is assessed through the federal Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA). The Department of Education sanctions college students who have been convicted of a drug crime while receiving federal funds. (*Students may also lose state grants and scholarships … Continued

Should You Hire an Attorney for a Title IX Hearing?

A college student facing sexual assault, sexual misconduct, harassment or other serious allegations should strongly consider hiring an experienced defense attorney to help prevail in a Title IX hearing. Title IX hearings can quickly turn into disciplinary hearings that result in devastating consequences for the accused. What is Title IX? Title IX is a federal civil rights law prohibiting schools and colleges that receive federal funds from discriminating against individuals based on sex. The law requires schools to have anti-sex … Continued

Differences Between Murder and Manslaughter in MA

What are the differences between murder and manslaughter in Massachusetts? In Massachusetts, the differences between murder and manslaughter fall into three categories: (1) Intent (2) Culpability, and (3) Sentencing. Manslaughter and murder are forms of homicide. Murder is considered by all states to be among the highest criminal offense a person can commit because the act involves taking another person’s life. There are two levels of murder in Massachusetts, as well as an alternative to murder called manslaughter. These terms … Continued

How a Reaffirmation Agreement Works in a Chapter 7

A reaffirmation agreement between the debtor and a creditor works by waiving the discharge of a particular debt that would otherwise be discharged in the pending Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This means the debtor will be contractually obligated to the creditor and personally liable for the debt even after the bankruptcy case is closed. Reaffirmation agreements can have serious drawbacks that a debtor should be made aware of. To that end, here are answers to common questions about how a reaffirmation … Continued

What Are Your Rights When Police Request a Blood Sample?

Your Rights When Police Draw Blood The U.S. Supreme Court has recently made some important rulings related to OUI investigations and blood draws for blood-alcohol testing. The most important among these is the ruling that law enforcement officers are in violation of your 4th Amendment rights if they draw blood from you without a probable cause warrant, or your consent. What this means for Massachusetts drivers is that before police can order blood drawn from you for OUI BAC testing … Continued