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Is a criminal trial the only way to fight one's charges?

Though proving one's innocence or fighting one's case in a court of law sounds appealing on paper, the reality is that there are a number of factors outside of the control of the accused that affect the outcome of the criminal trial. The charges the prosecutor presses are one of those factors. If convicted, the judge would have to sentence the defendant according to the charges. Prosecutors press criminal charges based on a number of reasons, including the evidence against the accused and their criminal history.

What does released on own recognizance mean in a criminal trial?

When someone suspected of committing a crime in Massachusetts is arrested, they often have to go through the booking process as well. After this, the court can require bail money be paid before the defendant is released from prison, or the person can be released on their own recognizance. This means no bail is paid to the court and no bond is posted -- the person will return to court for their hearing, as they promise to do so in writing.

What are the consequences of a conviction?

Much has been said on this blog about the long-term consequences of a criminal conviction. Though one's mind jumps to incarceration as the result of a conviction, that is only one of the results and even that eventually comes to an end, depending on the type of crime one has been convicted of. But, once a Massachusetts resident becomes entangled with the criminal justice system, they find themselves getting pulled into it again and again. However, there are other, equally distressing consequences of this entanglement.

What is domestic assault?

As mentioned previously on this blog, assault takes place when someone intends to cause fear in another. That fear could be of immediate bodily harm, death, or the attempt to inflict such harm. When the perpetrator is a family member or a close acquaintance, it could end up being categorized as domestic assault.

Understanding your Miranda rights can help you in court

If you watch any police drama on television, you have probably heard the Miranda Rights spoken, though you may not have even known it. The Miranda Rights are part of the United States Constitution, and these rights protect Americans against self-incrimination. What exactly does that mean?

How could a plea negotiation help me?

We are all human. And humans make mistakes. Often these mistakes are minor, but sometimes they can lead to long-term or even life-long consequences. Perhaps you had a couple drinks and got behind the wheel of car and were arrested under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Or maybe you were at the bar and were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and found yourself in the middle of a fight. Or maybe you just happen to hang out with the wrong crowd and got caught on a drug charge. Whatever the reason, if you are facing criminal charges, it is important to know your rights and to weigh all your options.

Massachusetts man facing criminal charges for alleged conduct

When people read about someone's arrest in the media, it is unfortunate that they automatically assume the person facing criminal charges must have committed the crime. When the crime is one involving assault and battery against young women, the stigma is even more pronounced and even an arrest has the potential to have long-term consequences.

Does the penalty for misdemeanor differ from that of a felony?

The criminal justice system can be overwhelming for most people who find themselves facing criminal charges for the first time-in fact, with so many classifications and degrees of crimes, even someone familiar with one aspect of the law can be daunted by the criminal legal system. Understanding some basic legal jargon can go a long help Massachusetts' residents figure out what legal options they want to avail.

Differences between assault and battery

Sometimes, a Massachusetts resident may find themselves charged with a crime that they do not even understand. This can be a scary and lonely experience, one that can weigh heavy on the minds of the accused. Before moving forward, it can first be helpful to understand what exactly a person is being charged with, and what this charge entails. Criminal defense attorneys can help an accused person understand their options and help them mount an effective defense.

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