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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 this…

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…

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…

Stopped by a Police Officer?

You are are driving home from work, school or errands and you are ALMOST home.  You are going a little bit over the speed limit or perhaps you have forgotten to place your new registration sticker on your rear license plate.  You are about to turn onto the main street that leads to your neighborhood…

What happens at a Clerk’s Hearing for a Speeding Ticket?

The time has come, you have gotten a speeding ticket (or a citation for some other civil moving violation), you mailed in the ticket, you got a notice for the date, and now it’s game time. Who is going to be there? Clerk Magistrate A Police Officer you (and your lawyer if you hire one…

Drunk Report, Publishing Names of People Charged with Drunk Driving…What’s the Purpose?

If someone is going to get into a car, after going to party of having dinner with friends…is worrying that if they get pulled over and charged with drunk driving going to make them think twice? First of all, just because someone is charged with operating under the influence – it does not mean they…

More Backlash Against Elderly Drivers

Elderly drivers are currently getting very bad press.  There was an opinion in the Patriot Ledger today by Lauren Munger of South Weymouth, asking families to be held accountable for assessing the driving ability of elderly drivers in their families. Certainly, there are some drivers who shouldn’t be on the road for a variety of…

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…

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