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

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws: Up-to-date

Massachusetts marijuana laws have been finalized and implemented, for the most part, as of 2019. Recreational use in specified amounts is legal in the Commonwealth, with some important restrictions. However, it is never legal to drive while high or to consume or smoke marijuana in public. Here is what you need to know now when it comes to marijuana use in Massachusetts. MA Recreational Marijuana Law for Adult Marijuana Use Consumption of marijuana is limited to adults over 21 years … 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

How to Avoid Alcohol Related Charges this St. Patrick’s Day

As people and communities throughout the Commonwealth prepare to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, the team at Oberhauser Law wanted to take some time to talk about common alcohol related charges and how you and your loved ones can avoid them during any festivities you may have planned for St. Patty’s Day. The first step to avoiding legal trouble is knowing what the laws are so you don’t break them. Listed below are the most common alcohol related charges … 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