Can GPS Ankle Monitors Hear You?

Yes, there are GPS ankle monitors that can hear you with built-in microphones that can eavesdrop and record the conversations going on around you. The Track Group is widely reported as the largest company marketing these listening devices in ankle monitors to criminal justice agencies around the country. The states known thus far to be using them are Illinois and Indiana, as well as Puerto Rico. However, Massachusetts Probation Services (MPS) does not contract with this company and according to … Continued

Understanding Hate Crimes in Massachusetts

Massachusetts defines hate crimes under statutory law in 3 main categories: Morality Personal Property Each criminal category has specific definitions and punishments upon a conviction for violating the law. Hate Crimes Against Morality In general, Massachusetts has laws which are criminal if they are found to offend the public morality, decency or sense of “good order.” Under M.G.L. c. 272, § 92A, a hate crime can be established whenever an agent or employee of a public place posts or distributes … Continued

Allowing a Person with an IID Restriction to Operate a Motor Vehicle in Massachusetts

If you’ve been charged with allowing someone with an IID restriction to drive your vehicle you should know the background of the law before going to court. In Massachusetts, in 2005 a law took effect which significantly increased the penalties faced by individuals caught operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances (OUI). Known as ‘Melanie’s Law’ it also launched the Interlock Ignition Device program (IID). Under the law, multiple offenders are forced to install an … Continued

5 Tailgating Tips to Prevent an OUI

Football season is in full swing, and as fans of the phenomenal sport put in play their game day traditions, one fan-favorite in particular will be on the radar of police officers across the state: tailgating. Before you gear up for your tailgating party at Foxborough or a college game, remember that local law enforcement are watching all fans while your at the stadium, and also after you hit the road to go home. To avoid giving police a reason … Continued

Four Bankruptcy Bills Signed Into Law

Are you drowning in debt and unsure of your options?  Could bankruptcy be the life preserver that you seek? Bankruptcy laws have changed.  President Trump signed four new bankruptcy bills on August 23, 2019. Three of the bills took effect immediately upon signing and the fourth will go into effect February 19, 2020. Learn About the Four 2019 Bankruptcy Laws If you are contemplating bankruptcy, then it is imperative that you learn about the four 2019 bankruptcy bills. In many … Continued

Driving and Marijuana — What You Need to Know

Yes, the laws in Massachusetts for smoking weed have been relaxed, but they are still enforced in OUI charges. Learn more about the penalties for driving high. The increase in the use of marijuana by all ages has put the police on extra lookout for signs of bad driving, for example: slow response from a stop light or stop sign blinker left on after the turn has been completed blinker is on with no turn in sight going below the … Continued

Which Is Better Debt Consolidation Or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

We’ve all seen advertisements for law firms and non-profit organizations that promise to help “consolidate your debts” into a “single, easy monthly payment”. If you’re faced with a mountain of unpaid credit card bills, you may view debt consolidation as an attractive alternative to bankruptcy. But it’s important to understand the difference between private debt repayment alternatives and a chapter 13, where a court works with you and your creditors to develop a repayment plan. Both of debt consolidation and … Continued