Archive for Criminal Law

Drag Racing: Not for the streets

Here in Massachusetts the weather is improving  and “those” cars that do not handle so well in New England winter start to appear on the streets.  Although drag racing, or racing of any kind on the streets, is a year round problem it is more common in the warmer months.

Regardless of the time of year, it is illegal and dangerous.  In fact, since 2008 it is a criminal offense for some drivers.

The offense of drag racing is governed by M.G.L. c. 90 sec. 17B , however, if you are cited for drag racing you will likely be facing additional charges of a criminal and civil nature as well.  Read More→

New MGL c. 258E: Harassment Prevention Orders offers protection to victims of abuse, stalking, and harassment

A new law was passed by the Massachusetts Legislature on February 9, 2010, providing more options for persons that are being harassed to obtain a restraining order.  The new law, Chapter 258E of the General Laws, provides the ability for the Superior Courts, Boston Municipal Court, District Courts, and Juvenile Court to issue Harassment Prevention Orders. Read More→

I have been served. What shall I do?

If you have been served with legal process by a constable, sheriff, or other person in Massachusetts most importantly do not ignore it.  The papers you were served with should clearly indicate what you are expected to do.  Even if you do not agree with what the papers say or how they were delivered some action is required. Read More→

Can I represent myself in court? Should I?

In Massachusetts if you are an individual you have the right to represent yourself. This right is guaranteed in Article 12 of the Massachusetts Constitution. There are even many resources to assist you represent yourself. If you are not an individual, namely a corporation, LLC, trust, or some other entity, you need to retain an attorney. However, just because you have the right to represent himself should you? Read More→