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Worcester Criminal Defense Law Blog

Chris Brown and Lil Wayne may be connected to drug case

Massachusetts music lovers may have heard that Chris Brown and Lil Wayne may be connected to a Miami music producer who was accused of selling drugs. The music producer, who was taken into custody in October 2016, was facing federal drug charges associated with drug trafficking.

Federal agents believed that the music producer, age 26, sold drugs in order to buy expensive and exotic vehicles, expensive clothing and high-end sneakers. Pictures of hese items, in addition to piles of cash, all ended up on the music producer's Instagram. Agents reportedly found evidence in the form of text messages that were recovered from the man's phone that insinuated that Brown had given him $15,000 for drugs,.

Impaired driving includes more than just alcohol

Massachusetts drivers may have seen a viral video of a motorist who was found slumped over behind the wheel of his van in the middle of a busy street. According to police, he had apparently overdosed on heroin and was treated with the overdose antidote Narcan. According to news reports, the police went to the hospital to talk to the man, but he was released before they arrived. A police lieutenant said that this was just one of a rising number of similar incidents.

According to a representative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the number of traffic incidents involving illicit drugs is increasing. One of the most attention-grabbing was last fall when two parents were photographed passed out from an overdose in the front seats of their van while their young child sat in the rear.

Television star charged with cocaine and marijuana possession

Massachusetts residents may know Adam Pally for his prominent roles in the hit television shows "Happy Endings" and "The Mindy Project". The 35-year-old performer is currently starring in the time-traveling Fox comedy series "Making History", but he started receiving some unwanted publicity after he was taken into custody by New York City police on March 28.

According to an NYPD representative, Pally has been charged with misdemeanor counts of marijuana and cocaine possession. Media reports indicate that the actor was handed a desk appearance ticket and released shortly after being processed. He is expected to appear in court in June to answer the charges. While Pally has remained active on social media, he has yet to address the incident directly on either Twitter or Facebook.

Bus driver accused of driving while high on marijuana

On March 28, a Massachusetts bus driver for a Chelmsford school reportedly admitted that he had smoked marijuana prior to picking up students and driving them on a field trip. The 63-year-old man pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

According to Chelmsford police, school administrators called the authorities after several students told a teacher that there was a "strange odor" in their bus. The teacher then notified the principal who then investigated the bus with several other administrators. They identified the smell as marijuana. The students were ultimately removed from the bus and the authorities came to the school to investigate.

Artie Lange busted for drug possession

Massachusetts readers may be interested in learning that former Howard Stern Show favorite Artie Lange has been arrested for cocaine and heroin possession, according to media reports. The bust took place at 14th Street and Shipyard Lane, Lange's residence, in Hoboken, New Jersey, on March 12.

According to a spokesperson for the Hoboken Police Department, officers were called to Lange's neighborhood because someone was trying to enter a vehicle parked inside a garage. Once there, officers allegedly observed substances that were suspected to be heroin and cocaine inside the vehicle. Later, Lange reportedly approached officers and verified that the vehicle was his. Officers searched Lange's person and recovered several additional bags of suspected cocaine and heroin.

4 taken into custody after police raid Massachusetts store

According to reports, after law enforcement officials conducted a drug raid of a Worcester city antiques store on March 10, they detained four individuals on suspicion of possessing and distributing drugs. Police allege that the store was used as a place where drug deals were made.

Investigators claim that during their search of the antique store they found a variety of drugs, such as heroin, anti-anxiety medications, synthetic painkillers, drugs for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy and medications used to fight opium addiction. Just prior to the store raid, officers assert that they found prescription drugs, heroin and crack cocaine in a vehicle that was leaving the antique store. The four men were taken into police custody on drug-related charges that include drug possession with intent to distribute. The men were to have their hearing March 13.

Black Americans more likely to be convicted and exonerated

Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn that, according to a study, black Americans are more likely to be wrongfully convicted of drug crimes and violent crimes, such as murder and sexual assault. The study suggests that the wrongful convictions may be caused by racial bias and official misconduct.

The study analyzed 1,900 defendants who had been wrongfully convicted between 1989 and 2016 and were later exonerated. Of these defendants who were exonerated, 47 percent were black Americans, three times their representation in the U.S. population. When the numbers were broken down, black Americans were seven times more likely to be convicted on murder charges only to be exonerated later. Black Americans were also 12 times more likely to be wrongfully convicted on drug crimes.

3 elements of a traffic stop that could violate your rights

Serious criminal charges often stem from a simple traffic stop. Because of this, it is understandable that people get scared or nervous when they are pulled over by police. However, you must remember that you have rights during a traffic stop.

From the moment you see the red and blue lights in your rear view mirror, there are specific procedures that police are required to follow. Unfortunately, drivers don't always know the law as thoroughly as the officer making the stop does. Because of this, you may not realize if your rights have been violated during a traffic stop. Thankfully, you can work with an attorney who can scrutinize the various elements of the stop and identify any wrongdoing.

Three critical elements in particular should be examined.

Getting a hardship license after a drunk driving conviction

Massachusetts has some of the harshest drunk driving penalties in the country, and these types of charges or a conviction can have a long-reaching impact on various aspects of your life. If you are currently dealing with the repercussions of a DUI or OUI conviction or loss of driving privileges, you may be eligible for a hardship license.

Hardship licenses are available to those convicted of DUI or OUI. This allows you to drive during certain hours for the duration of your license suspension, enabling you to take care of important matters such as work, school and even transporting your children.

2 men arrested for allegedly trafficking heroin

According to the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, two men were taken into custody on Feb. 22 on charges of trafficking heroin in the Merrimack Valley. The men were allegedly responsible for dealing more than 250 grams of the drug in the area.

The two men were taken into custody are ages 33 and 27. Both were charged with conspiring to violate the drug laws and with trafficking drugs. The 33-year-old-man is also facing charges of possessing a stun gun and possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it.

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