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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.

Defenses to drug possession

A drug charge can come suddenly and unexpectedly. For many Massachusetts residents, they may be the most serious charges they will ever face. Drug charges carry with them the potential for serious penalties, such as hefty fines and, in the worst-case scenarios, lengthy prison terms. Not only that, but a person's reputation can be irreparably damaged, straining family relationships and making it difficult to secure future employment. Because of this, many desire to do everything in their power to fight such charges in order to avoid these penalties.

Criminal defense: drug possession differs from distribution

A Massachusetts resident who is suddenly facing a drug charge likely has a lot of questions. Drug charges can suddenly change a person's life -- often for the worse. While a person may have at one time been enjoying a normal, stable life, all of this may be suddenly threatened when they are charged with a drug crime. Drug charges can not only result in high fines and potential jail or prison time, they can also damage a person's reputation.

What are the elements of an assault charge?

Allegations of assault are very serious and Massachusetts residents who are facing criminal charges based on assault can benefit from understanding the elements that make up the charge. Though this post will offer readers a general overview of the main components of an assault charge, it should not be relied on as legal advice. Rather, readers who have specific questions about their assault cases are encouraged to speak with criminal defense attorneys about their situations.

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