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Is it possible to seal a criminal record in Massachusetts?

Making mistakes and errors in judgment are part of being human. It's through such mistakes that an individual grows and learns to make different and better choices. Unfortunately, some mistakes have much greater repercussion sand an individual who drinks and drives or experiments with drugs may be arrested and convicted of criminal charges.

Police routinely monitor social media for clues of possible criminal activity

According to the Pew Research Center, an estimated 65 percent of U.S. adults use social media and that number is likely even higher among U.S. teens. Today, people readily use social media websites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep in touch with friends, post funny or interesting photos, share news and express their personal views about a variety of topics. There is, however, a downside to social media and individuals would be wise to remember that the comments and photos they post can be viewed by unintended parties.

A case for why DNA evidence must always be questioned

In any case involving criminal charges, the prosecution must be able to present compelling evidence and facts. Today, many prosecutors in criminal cases rely heavily on DNA evidence which is often presented as being irrefutable. In reality, however, there are numerous factors that must be taken into account when considering the validity and reliability of DNA evidence including how such evidence was gathered, handled and tested.

Sex crimes: when the punishment doesn't fit the crime

Arguably more than any other type of criminal offense, those of a sexual nature are among the most reviled by society. Consequently, the penalties associated with such crimes are among the harshest. Massachusetts residents who are convicted of sex crimes not only face the penalties associated with an initial sentence, but are often also required to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 20 years.

Massachusetts State Legislature change to the Drunk Driving Laws

The Massachusetts State Legislature is currently considering a major change to the Drunk Driving Laws. Under the proposal, first offenders would not lose their licenses but rather would be required to install a breath test device that they would have to blow into before their car could start. The cost would be approximately $2500 per year plus installation. A device would be required in any car you drive. Additionally, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) is recommending lowering the breath score from a .08 to .05. The .05 would be 3 drinks for a 165 lbs male. Now more than ever it is important to know your rights and how to protect yourself in a drinking/driving situation. Visit our website (www.salernolawoffices.com) for our free apps: "The Worcester BAC App" which allows you to see your projected blood alcohol level, and our virtual business card with instructions on how to protect your rights during a roadside stop. Knowing what to do ahead of time may well be the difference between guilty and not guilty.

Why every U.S. citizen should care about Apple’s iPhone encryption case

Increasingly, we live in a world in which the rights and freedoms of individual citizens are often infringed upon in the name of national security. The most recent and public example of these types of encroachments is the federal government’s actions to compel the tech giant Apple, Inc. to unlock the iPhone of one of the deceased individuals who carried out the December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

Massachusetts State Legislature change to the Drunk Driving Laws

The Massachusetts State Legislature is currently considering a major change to the Drunk Driving Laws. Under the proposal, first offenders would not lose their licenses but rather would be required to install a breath test device that they would have to blow into before their car could start. The cost would be approximately $2500 per year plus installation. A device would be required in any car you drive. Additionally, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) is recommending lowering the breath score from a .08 to .05. The .05 would be 3 drinks for a 165 lbs male.

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