Blog Posts in 2017

  • What Does Pleading No Contest Mean?

    Pleading no contest is essentially saying you accept the punishment of a crime without admitting any guilt. These pleas are only possible under certain circumstances, and they depend on the facts of your case and the judge’s discretion. While pleading no contest may seem futile if you still have to accept the sentence and penalties, it can actually provide some benefits. Here are two benefits ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between Murder & Manslaughter?

    You may have heard the terms murder and manslaughter used in criminal law settings, and maybe you or someone you know is facing charges under those titles. Knowing the difference between these two terms can help you understand your options when facing charges so you can make informed decisions. Our Boston criminal defense lawyers at Brad Bailey Law have defended hundreds of clients against charges ...
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  • Preparing for First Court Appearance

    Going to court for the first time can be an incredibly overwhelming experience. Judges can be intimidating, and the entire process is confusing if you are unfamiliar with how things usually go. Your chances of obtaining the best outcome increase exponentially when you are prepared for what’s ahead. In order to be on the judge’s good side, you will need to ensure you follow all official and ...
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  • Can I Drive After a DUI Conviction?

    If you have been convicted with a DUI , you may be wondering if you will be able to drive again. The answer to this concern depends on a number of factors specific to your situation, most importantly whether this DUI was your first offense or not. If you are a first time offender, you can expect your license to be suspended for 45-90, but the criminal penalty will be for as long as 1 year. If you ...
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  • Can the Police Search My Home Without a Warrant?

    We’ve all seen those crime shows where the police storm into a home and start making aggressive arrests, or when outraged residents declare that the officers may not enter without a warrant, sufficiently turning police away. Are either scenarios lawful? What aspects of these exemplary scenes are accurate, if any, and what does the law have to say about searching a person’s home? According to the ...
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  • What's the Difference Between Assault & Battery?

    You may often hear the terms assault and battery used together, but they are, in fact, separate charges. Assault is generally defined as the threat of violence, while battery is the act of violence itself. If you are facing either assault or battery charges, or both, one of the best things you can do to help your case is to understand what you’re up against. That’s why we, at Brad Bailey Law, have ...
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  • The Cost of Sex Crimes

    Facing conviction for a sex crime is beyond serious. You may face prison sentences ranging from ten years to life in prison. Once you’re free, you’ll continue to face consequences such as registration as a sex offender, restrictions on where you can live, work, worship, or even visit, and the stigma of being convicted. When it comes to sex crimes, the punishments are often grossly disproportionate ...
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  • William Camuti Trial Begins

    Our founding attorney, Brad Bailey, is currently defending a man named William Camuti, who has been accused of poisoning a man named Stephen Rakes. Mr. Rakes was seen leaving James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial in Boston. He drove to a McDonald’s in Waltham, where Mr. Camuti is accused of serving him iced coffee laced with a lethal dose of cyanide. According to the prosecution, Mr. Camuti poisoned his ...
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  • The Stages of a Typical Criminal Case

    There are no two criminal defense cases that will be exactly the same due to all the evidence and circumstances involved. However, most criminal cases will develop along the same line of progression. Gaining an understanding of these stages can potentially give you an advantage in a criminal defense case of your own, as you will at least know what to expect next and how to react. An average ...
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  • Why Prosecutors Find It Difficult to Prosecute Date Rape Cases

    Being accused of committing a date rape offense can have devastating consequences to an individual’s liberty, reputation, education, and employment opportunities. These crimes are always highly publicized, making the defendant appear guilty before ever stepping foot in the courtroom. However, prosecutors are reluctant to take cases that appear to be un-winnable. The following are five reasons why ...
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  • Attorney Brad Bailey Weighs in on 'Baby Bella' Plea Update

    Headlines were made when the mother of 'Baby Bella' recently changed her plea to guilty in exchange for her sentence to be reduced to time served. Attorney Brad Bailey weighs in on Fox 25 to explain why this move did not come as a surprise:
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  • Avoid Being Falsely Accused of Rape in College

    The college years are an exciting time in the life of young men and women. Without parents to watch your every move, you have the freedom to make new friends, go to parties, and stay up as late as you want. However, with all of that new freedom and new people, new problems are bound to occur. Spend one night with the wrong person and you could be falsely accused of rape and face a lifetime of ...
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  • Alexa, tell me about the 4th Amendment...

    Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa… these are just a few of the digital personal assistants that are increasingly being integrated into our daily lives through our ever increasing internet connected personal devices, homes, and vehicles. Alexa, in particular, is the personification of Amazon’s AI/digital assistant embedded within its Amazon Fire tablets, Fire TV, Echo, Tap, and Dot, this last being one ...
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