What Are Surchargeable Events in Massachusetts?

Most states have a point system that relates to driving infractions. If you accumulate a certain number of points your insurance will increase and you may suffer a license suspension. However, in the state of Massachusetts, they focus on surchargeable events instead of points. If you have too many surchargeable events your driver’s license will be suspended. What is a Surchargeable Event? A surchargeable event is an at-fault accident, comprehensive coverage claim that increases the policyholder’s premium, or traffic violation. … Continued

Massachusetts CDL Suspensions

Possessing a commercial driver’s license (CDL) places you above regular drivers because according to the law you have higher standards to maintain. If you commit an illegal offense, then you can easily lose your CDL. Even if the offense was not carried out while operating a commercial vehicle you may still suffer disqualification of your license. Understanding CDL Disqualification in Massachusetts CDL disqualifications are legally mandated. Here are a few things to consider If you have a CDL disqualification, then … Continued

What To Do If You Are Stopped By The Police

If you have been drinking or smoking marijuana this is not a good time to be talking to the police! They are going to smell the marijuana or the alcohol coming from the car. Both are going to perk the interest of the police officer. When You’re Pulled Over For OUI Roll the window down about two inches, enough to pass your license and registration out to the officer. If he asks you to roll your window down further, nod … Continued

Held Without Bail and Pretrial Release Hearings in MA

What Does Held Without Bail Mean? If you or someone you love have been held without bail, it means the court has determined one or both of the following: 1. No conditions of release can reasonably assure the defendant’s future appearance in court, and/or 2. The defendant poses a danger to specific individuals or to the community at large. Being held without bail in Massachusetts could also mean the defendant has been charged with capital murder, an offense for which … Continued

What is Cybercrime?

Cybercrime covers a vast and growing array of criminal activities that utilize computers, digital devices and the internet. Cybercrimes also include traditional crimes that are increasingly committed online, such as stalking, harassing, fraud and identity theft. Cybercrime Definition Cybercrime is defined as a crime in which a computer is the object of the crime (i.e. hacking, phishing, spamming) or is used as a tool to commit a criminal offense, as with child pornography, cyberbullying or cyberstalking. Cybercrime may also be … Continued

Laws Against Hazing in Massachusetts

Hazing is illegal in Massachusetts. Although most of us think of college hazing and frat movies such as the cult classic “Animal House” when we hear the word, it’s important for parents and students to understand that hazing is not limited to Greek life college fraternity systems. Hazing Definition A generally accepted hazing definition is the participation in humiliating and dangerous initiation activities that are imposed upon a candidate or pledge for membership into an exclusive group. College fraternities and … Continued

Can You Be Criminally Charged if You Provide Opioids to Someone and They Die of an Overdose?

The shortest answer is, Yes. In Massachusetts, you can be held criminally liable for distributing or delivering opioids to someone who then dies of an overdose. However, it’s important to note that more than half of these types of cases involve addicted users pooling their resources in order to obtain opiates that they then use separately or together. In such circumstances, it does not stand to reason that the state participate in overdose prosecutions, as better results can be had … Continued