Blog Posts in 2019

  • Antonio Brown & Sexual Assault Allegations

    After dealing with frostbitten feet, a helmet issue with the NFL, being released by the Oakland Raiders, and signing with the New England Patriots, Antonio Brown became subject of a civil lawsuit that was filed last week in Florida, accusing the all-pro wide receiver of sexual assault and rape. Britney Taylor, a former gymnast who helped train Brown for an upcoming NFL season, claims Brown ...
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  • Massachusetts Gun Laws

    If you wish to buy, possess, own, carry, or transport a large- or non-large-capacity handguns, shotguns, rifles, and feeding devices in Massachusetts, you must first obtain a License to Carry (LTC) if you are at least 21 years of age or a Firearm Identification (FID) card if you are at least 18 years old. Open carry and concealed carry are both legal in the state for individuals with a Class A ...
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  • 4 Steps to Take If Accused of a White Collar Crime

    Being investigated for a white collar crime such as fraud , money laundering , embezzlement , or tax evasion can be a stressful, frightening, and confusing experience. While you could allow the criminal justice process to take its course, mere accusations can lead to irreparable damage to your professional reputation and personal life—even before stepping foot inside a courtroom. Since state or ...
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  • Proposed Resolution Could Require Defendants to Prove Innocence

    The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Criminal Justice Section and Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence proposed a resolution to the organization that would change the standards applied in criminal sexual assault cases. Essentially, the proposal would shift the burden to defendants in these matters, making them prove that they received affirmative consent from the alleged victim before and ...
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  • Drug Courts in Massachusetts

    A conviction for drug possession can be punishable by a lengthy jail sentence, expensive fines, and a permanent mark on your criminal record. Having a drug charge follow you for the rest of your life can make gaining employment, finding a place to live, and applying for college extremely difficult. However, Massachusetts courts understand that many individuals charged with drug possession are ...
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  • Hate Crimes in Massachusetts

    A hate crime is a criminal offense against an individual or group that is motivated by bias or prejudice against a particular race or social group. In other words, you can be charged with a hate crime if your criminal target someone else because of their race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. Massachusetts law addresses three types of hate crimes: hate crimes ...
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  • What is the Age of Consent in Massachusetts?

    The age of consent is the age when a person can consent to sexual intercourse and sexual contact with another individual over 21 years old. In Massachusetts, the age of consent is 16 years old. This means minors aged 15 or younger in the state cannot legally consent to sexual activity. In addition, there is an older law that exists the states 18 years old is an age of consent. However, this only ...
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  • Hiring a Former Prosecutor as Your Criminal Defense Attorney

    Being arrested for a serious crime can be a traumatic, confusing, and frustrating situation. Not only does a conviction lead to a jail or prison sentence, but also a permanent criminal record that can make it extremely difficult to get/maintain a job, find housing, apply for college or a professional license, and take advantage of other opportunities in life. When choosing a criminal defense ...
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  • Failure to Register as a Massachusetts Sex Offender

    A person convicted of certain sex crimes in Massachusetts is considered a sex offender and must register with the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). Additionally, sex offenders must verify their home address once a year, notify the SORB 10 days in advance when changing homes or moving outside the state, and notify the SORB within 45 days of becoming homeless. Failure to register, failure to ...
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  • Massachusetts Recreational Cannabis Laws

    After Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of recreational cannabis, the law went into full effect in December 2016. Adults who are at least 21 years of age can use, purchase, and possess up to one ounce of marijuana on their person and up to five grams of cannabis concentrate outside the home and keep up to 10 ounces at home. Additionally, consumers can grow up to six plants at home and ...
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  • Big Pharma & RICO

    In the past two decades, over 200,000 people have overdosed during the opioid crisis. Now, the criminal justice system has begun holding pharmaceutical and drug distribution companies, as well as their owners and executives, criminally responsible for the national epidemic. Insys Therapeutics Case On May 2, 2019, a federal jury found the founder and top executives of Insys Therapeutics, a seller ...
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  • Spoke and Hub Conspiracy & "Operation Varsity Blues"

    I anticipate some of the attorneys in the so-called Operation Varsity Blues case, which is being prosecuted in federal court in Boston and involves multiple allegations of bribery and fraud to help certain applicants gain admission to a number of prominent US Colleges, will challenge the government’s reliance on a “Hub and Spoke” theory of conspiratorial liability. As described by the 1 st Circuit ...
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  • Do the Police Have to Identify Themselves When You Ask?

    At one point or another, most of us have heard someone say, “If you ask a cop if they’re a cop, they have to tell you.” Usually, this “life hack” gets passed around at a party, or discussed after a friend has a run-in with the law. But is there any truth to it? Are police officers really like vampires — in some folklore — that can’t lie about their identities? No, unfortunately not. In many ...
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  • Criminal Defense for Spring Breakers in Massachusetts

    It is no secret that college students across the United States are some of the most stressed people out there. With all of their day-to-day responsibilities between schoolwork and actual work, it is no wonder so many use Spring Break as a time to unwind, let their worries go, and really go wild with parties. However, as a party gets more and more exciting, the odds of someone getting accused of a ...
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  • FEDERAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING, STATE HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND PROSTITUTION: HIRING A LAWYER WHO KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

    Soliciting/engaging-in prostitution and human trafficking are separate crimes. The former involves seeking/paying or giving/providing sex for a fee. Under federal criminal statutes, the latter involves slavery, indenture/servitude, peonage (slave wages), coercion, intimidation, and other elements of forced labor. Under state law in Massachusetts, human trafficking requires proof of “subjecting”, ...
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