Blog Posts in 2018

  • Crying CW

    I just finished a sex crimes trial. The courtroom was small and intimate. The complaining witness was seated two rows behind me, when I gave my Closing Argument. Her row was no further than six to seven feet away from the edge of the jury box. Each time I pointed out inconsistencies between her testimony and prior statements, she began to sob loudly. Her crying became even louder whenever I ...
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  • Order of Closing Argument

    As a trial lawyer who has been conducting jury trials for 35 years, the last 20 years strictly as a defense attorney, I have a hard time accepting long-standing procedural protocols in certain state courts, including Massachusetts, whereby the defendant is the first to give Closing Argument. Yes, I understand the order that arguments are given is premised on the prosecution having the burden of ...
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  • Excessive Bail: What Are Your Rights?

    A person who is arrested and charged with a criminal offense is typically taken into custody to a local law enforcement station, where they are booked. After the fingerprints and mugshots, they can either be held in a facility within the station or taken to county jail. Depending on the severity of the crime, prior convictions and other factors, the individual may be released pending their first ...
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  • Can I Terminate My Obligation To Register as a Sex Offender in Massachusetts?

    All convicted sex offenders who live, work, or go to school Massachusetts must enter into the sex offender registry. Under state and federal law, these registries contain public information that identifies those who have been convicted of a sexual offense, such as rape, sexual assault, sex with a minor, and molestation. If you’re forced to register as a sex offender, your mug shots, current ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Indecent Exposure

    Laws surrounding indecent exposure make it a crime for any person to knowingly and purposefully display their genitals in public, especially when it offends or alarms other people. While indecent exposure is usually committed for sexual gratification or in an attempt to entice a sexual response, embarrassing acts such as public urination, inadvertent public sex acts or other displays of nudity in ...
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  • Building a Defense for Money Laundering Charges

    Money laundering is a complex federal offense which involves making illegally-gained proceeds (“dirty money”) appear legitimate or “clean” through a series of complex financial transfers and transactions. In order to prove money laundering, the federal government must show that the accused person expected to receive the money back, since simply receiving the proceeds of illegal activity may not ...
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  • Long-Term Costs of a Juvenile Criminal Conviction

    Roughly 1.3 million children under the age of 18 are arrested each year in the U.S. As a parent, you never expect your own kids to be part of that statistic, but unfortunately it happens. While it’s easy to dwell on their arrest, it’s extremely important that you act quickly and hire an experienced criminal defense attorney for them. You should never take a juvenile crime lightly, because the ...
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  • Can a Sex Offender Work at or Attend School?

    If you are convicted of a sex offense in Massachusetts, you will likely face some serious consequences and harsh restrictions that will affect you for your entire life; one of those being registering as a sex offender. While being a sex offender will definitely restrict your ability to get a job or be on school and university campuses, what happens if you are a student or work on campus? Attending ...
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  • Is Drug Trafficking a Felony or Misdemeanor?

    Depending on the amount of drugs, the type of drugs, where they were found, intent, and whether or not they were being shared, possession of a controlled substance can be a misdemeanor. Drug trafficking/distribution, on the other hand, is a felony and is considered a much more serious crime than simple possession. If you are found in possession of a controlled substance, you could be charged with ...
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