Protect Yourself During A DUI Investigation In Massachusetts

When you are charged with a DUI in Massachusetts, the consequences can be severe if you are convicted. You could lose your driver’s license, have to pay thousands of dollars in fines and spend some time in jail. Even worse, a conviction will stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life. It’s important to make sure that you avoid errors and pitfalls that could make the situation worse. Learn how to protect your rights when you are … Continued

Credit Counseling is Required Before Filing Bankruptcy in Massachusetts

In 2005, the Federal Trade Commission made it mandatory that people must go through a government-approved credit counseling program at least six months prior to filing for bankruptcy. Though the counseling can take place over the phone, in person, or online, a certificate of completion will be required by the court where you will be filing for bankruptcy…

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