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

Dangers and Risks of Taking Personal Online Loans

Personal online loans are viewed by lenders as higher risk because a personal loan is another way of describing unsecured debt; as in a loan that isn’t backed by collateral such as a home or car. From the borrower’s perspective, a personal online loan carries potential dangers that aren’t typical of traditional bank loans. These heightened risks to borrowers fall into 3 categories: safety, ease-of-access and predatory lending practices. Are Online Loans Safe? Many online lending sites are backed by … Continued

What is a Civil Conversion in MA Criminal Courts?

In Massachusetts, the civil conversion statute allows criminal courts to decriminalize certain minor offenses by converting them into civil violations.   What is a Civil Conversion? Under a little-known Massachusetts law, a lower level criminal offense can actually be handled as a civil infraction. The statute allows for a criminal court process whereby a misdemeanor offense is converted to a civil matter. Civil conversion is therefore the decriminalization of the complaint against you. It is often negotiated by plea agreement. Related … Continued

Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle in Massachusetts

Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle is also Driving to Endanger under M.G.L. c.90 § 24. If you are charged with negligent operation of a vehicle, you are facing a misdemeanor offense meaning the state is charging you with criminal negligence in Massachusetts. What is Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle? Massachusetts criminal law defines Negligent Operation as driving a motor vehicle such that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered. Some jurisdictions charge this as Driving … Continued

6 Foreclosure Defenses for MA Homeowners

Homeowners and foreclosure defense lawyers have been increasingly successful in stopping foreclosures and establishing equitable solutions for keeping people in their homes under reasonable terms. From Truth In Lending enforcements to mortgage transparency rulings, the trend is clear: homeowners who fight a wrongful foreclosure can win. We stay on top of all foreclosure defense strategies at our Massachusetts bankruptcy and foreclosure defense firm. We’re happy to provide the following information in hopes it may be useful to you. Just One … Continued

Homicide By Motor Vehicle While OUI

Vehicular homicide laws in Massachusetts include homicide by operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI). Defendants in these tragic cases face a wide range of punishments that are possible upon a conviction. The difference in jail or prison time largely depends on how the state charges you, and whether they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving under the influence at the time of the car accident. Vehicular Homicide Laws A car … Continued