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DOJ announces voluntary limits on gag orders after email warrants

Last year, Microsoft sued the federal government over its practice of routinely issuing gag orders when it presented warrants for emails. According to an 18-month analysis by Microsoft, the Department of Justice issued indefinite gag orders under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 in 68 percent of cases where it served warrants on Microsoft for customer emails. These indefinite gag orders require Microsoft and other companies to remain silent about the warrant until further notice, or forever.

Study: Hiring an OUI defense lawyer could actually pay for itself

Being convicted of OUI in Massachusetts can really cost you. Even a first-time OUI can mean jail time, a minimum fine of $500, the loss of your driver's license for a year, a permanent police record and more. The penalties are higher for those under 21, if you refuse the breath test, or if you are found guilty of OUI more than once.

Spanish-speaking OUI arrestee fights inaccurate rights translation

Even after the City of Methuen's Spanish translation of a rights notice was thrown out by a judge, a Spanish-speaking woman claims it is still being used to coerce arrestees. She has filed a federal class action to compel Methuen to correct its form, as it has promised to do in the past.

Is it fair to suspend your license for failure to pay a fine?

A new report by the nonprofit Legal Aid Justice Center asks whether state policies that suspend driver's licenses for inability to pay fines are a good idea. Are these "license-for-payment" policies fair, or are they counterproductive and costly?

Seeking guidance before a hearing for a chemical test refusal

Staring down accusations for driving under the influence of alcohol can be a stressful and daunting experience. If recently involved in a traffic stop, which led to accusations of intoxication, you might have felt somewhat intimidated by the process and uncertain of what to do.

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