November 2017 Archives

Woman facing felony aggravated DUI charges after crash

A supposed drunk driving accident in Massachusetts has left everyone involved seriously injured, with one person facing life-threatening injuries. A drunk driving accident is one in which the person accused of causing the crash is allegedly intoxicated, that is, they have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more. Drunk driving on its own is a crime, and when someone is injured while the person is supposedly driving while intoxicated, then additional criminal charges can follow.

How can you avoid problems as a landlord?

As a Massachusetts landlord, you know there are a myriad of challenges that you may face. Owning rental property is often a lucrative endeavor, but when problems arise, it can be quite costly. In order to protect your financial and legal interests, you would be wise to intentionally work toward avoiding certain problems.

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.

Is asset-based lending the right choice for me?

As business owners in Massachusetts are probably aware, cash flow goes up and down and it is important to weather the lows in order to reap benefits in the highs. Unfortunately, there are times when low cash flow makes it impossible for the company to keep functioning smoothly and the costs can no longer be met. Getting out of the financial crisis becomes the top priority of the business owner and one of the options availed is asset-based lending.

What zoning issues should you consider when buying property?

Zoning laws and restrictions in Massachusetts mean that there are only certain ways that a property owner can use a building or land. These restrictions are what keep a gas station from going up in the middle of a neighborhood and other similar complicated scenarios. Before you complete the purchase on a particular piece of property, you would be wise to know what zoning restrictions could impact how you can use your asset.

Fight DUI convictions with the help of dedicated counsel

When someone is facing criminal charges, they may think that the best way to get through this difficult time is to reach a settlement with the prosecution-agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a lesser sentence. Not only is the outcome guaranteed, the charged individual does not have to go through the public spectacle that a trial can become and they can carry on with their life. But can one really carry on with their life as if nothing has happened when they have pled guilty to criminal charges, such as driving under the influence? Especially if the person accused is a minor, with their whole life ahead of them.

What are the penalties for underage drinking and driving?

The legal driving age in Massachusetts, as well as most of the rest of the country, is 16-years-old. The legal drinking age, again in accordance with the majority of the country, is 21-years-of age. This means that consumption of alcohol by anyone who is younger than 21-years-of age, is illegal in the state. The only exception is if the underage individual is on private premises that do not sell alcohol and their legal guardian has consented. Despite this, underage people get between the wheel having consumed various amounts of alcohol. And if they are caught driving while intoxicated by the police, they may face serious penalties, because underage drinking and driving is considered a serious offense.

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