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More people will lose gun rights due to Supreme Court ruling

Our criminal defense lawyers have consistently stressed the importance of domestic violence suspects acting swiftly to defend themselves. A conviction in Massachusetts has a severe impact on a person's rights. Now, there is even further evidence supporting the importance of working with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if accused of domestic abuse.

What are the common types of field sobriety tests?

Although drivers are aware that it is unlawful to drink in excess and then drive, there are several scenarios that might put someone on the road when they shouldn't be. You might think you will be fine based on the number of drinks you have had, only to find that those drinks were mixed a bit stronger than you were used to. This can put you over or near the .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) limit. You might find yourself getting pulled over and asked to take a field sobriety test.

As nation talks gun laws, let's talk Massachusetts gun laws

The recent mass shooting in Orlando weighs heavily on everyone's minds and hearts. That tragic case of violence has people from Florida, to Massachusetts, to all over the U.S. and beyond debating gun laws. A nagging question is whether stricter gun laws could have prevented the loss of 49 lives. 

Expunge your DUI to free yourself from the burden

The toll a DUI takes on a person convicted of such an offense goes far beyond the legal consequences of the individual charge. Yes, the potential jail time, license suspension and fines associated with the charge are very serious and can really affect a person's livelihood and well-being. But the long term effects of a DUI go beyond those specific legal consequences.

What you need to know about drugged driving

In 2013 the commonwealth of Massachusetts passed a law legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. According to statute 105 CMR 725.000, it is legal to treat qualifying medical conditions, be found with up to ten prescribed ounces in your possession every two months, cultivate marijuana in your home in limited amounts for personal medical use, and purchase it in a state-run dispensary with a proper prescription. Another recent law states that if you are found with less than one ounce of recreational-use marijuana in your possession, you will only be charged with a civil offense. However, driving under the influence of marijuana is still a criminal offense.

Drug paraphernalia charges can change your life

Did you know that you can face drug-related charges without having to have actual drugs on you? This is possible if you are accused of having drug paraphernalia in your possession or control. Drug paraphernalia charges can be based on federal laws or state laws, depending on the circumstances.

Drug cases marred by scandal in Massachussetts

Many drug convictions in Massachusetts are now being called into question after the scandal that rocked a lab that was used for testing. The issue has affected more than 24,000 drug convictions in a seven-county area. All told, one out of every six drug prosecutions during a 10-year period in the Commonwealth were affected by a chemist's misconduct.

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