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

Assault with Intent to Rob Laws & Penalties in Massachusetts

Assault to rob is a felony in Massachusetts. Robbery assault falls into a broader category of offenses wherein prosecutors typically ‘throw the book’ at you by tacking on numerous related charges. Defendants in assault to rob cases can also face conspiracy to commit a felony, destruction of property, assault with a dangerous weapon, and many other aggravating offenses. If you were charged with assault to rob, you need a highly experienced assault lawyer to help you fight the robbery assault … Continued

How a Criminal Conviction Could Affect Your College Career

Depending on the criminality of the underlying offense, a criminal conviction could have serious adverse effects upon your college career and aspirations for higher education. Convictions can adversely affect admission, financial aid and enrollment status. Do Colleges Do Background Checks On Students? Yes. Increasingly, colleges and universities are running background checks on college applicants. Depending upon the school’s policies, a conviction could result in a rejection letter. Furthermore, if you are in attendance and get into trouble, a criminal conviction … Continued

When Should You Take a Plea Bargain?

Knowing when or if you should take a plea bargain depends upon whether the proposed terms are actually a bargain for you when compared with all possible outcomes in the criminal case. To ensure the best terms are reached for your desired outcome, you should never accept a plea deal until an experienced defense attorney has been directly involved with the plea bargain process. Analysis Before Taking a Plea When deciding whether to take a plea bargain or go to … Continued