Category Archives: Crimes

Stalking – The Legal Definition

Stalking.  What is it really? To be convicted of the crime of stalking, there is actually a lot that the Commonwealth has to prove.  Stalking is defined as: a person willfully (on purpose) and maliciously (meanly or spitefully or with a desire to cause injury or fear) engages in a pattern of conduct or series…

Criminal Harassment

What is criminal harassment? It isn’t just when someone annoys you once, and goes on their way.  It is actually the following: someone engages (either willfully or maliciously) in a knowing pattern of conduct, or series of acts of a period of time directed at a specific person. the person who has the acts directed…

Mayhem, What is it?

What is Mayhem? This word often conjures up visions of a crowd gone wild, perhaps visions of police in riot gear pushing back a crowd. That is not the legal definition of mayhem. Mayhem is actually when someone hurts someone so badly that they are maimed or disfigured. Mayhem is a crime of intent, meaning…

Does Every College Kid Have a Fake I.D.?

It seems like an okay idea.  You find the name of a guy on campus who makes great ID’s (or maybe you are good with a computer and made your own) or you and your friends trek into a city and pay anywhere from $20.00 to $500.00 for a license that says you are 21….

Young People (High School and College) and Crimes

If you are the parent of a high school or college student who gets charged with a crime (or if you are a high school or college student) you are probably worried about the effects will have on your future! A criminal conviction can have an effect on your future!  It can effect your future…

Who Can Get a Restraining Order (209A) Against Me?

Restraining orders came about as a response to Domestic Violence.  Generally they are a court order to stay away from and not abuse the person who gets the Restraining Order. When can someone apply for and possibly get a Restraining Order? Massachusetts law allows someone who is “in imminent fear of bodily harm” to obtain…

It’s Illegal to “Huff” or “Sniff”. Who knew?

It’s against the law to inhale a toxic vapor.  To be honest, I always knew it was a bad idea. There are many public service announcements out there – and I recall seeing posters.  It’s really dangerous.  Period. These Public Service Announcements and stories illustrate the danger well. The Examiner The Partnership for a Drug…

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