Category Archives: Summons

What Happens at Arraignment?

Arraignment is when you are officially charged with a crime in front of judge. You get to arraignment one of four ways.  The first way is a little less pleasant. 1. Worse case scenario – You are arrested and brought to court either the same day or the next day.  Here are a few scenarios where…

One Way to Get Out of a Criminal Conviction

On April 14, 2008, a Westborough, Massachusetts man was scheduled to go to trial on a charge of 5th offense operating under the influence (i.e. he allegedly had four previous convictions for OUI) or drunk driving.  The witnesses didn’t appear due to an error in summoning the witnesses and according to the Boston Channel, he…

Do You Need a Lawyer if You are Arrested?

A question I get a lot, is “Do I really need a lawyer?  Can’t I just handle this myself?” Well, what if you broke your wrist?  Would you set it yourself? Having a broken wrist that doesn’t heal properly, probably won’t kill you (disclaimer: I am in no way a doctor and am not saying…

Drag Racing Penalties Are Harsh!

If you are an adult driver in Massachusetts, and you are charged with drag racing, you now face much more serious penalties then you did prior to February 26, 2008. Prior to the new law individuals charged with drag racing faced the following penalties: Adults 1st offense: $100-$500 dollar fine and a 30 day license…

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