30 Sep 2014
In Massachusetts, there are different punishments depending on the number of prior convictions. For a first-time OUI/DWI/DUI Massachusetts, the driver can be sentenced up to 2 ½ years in jail and a loss of license for up to one year. For a 2nd offense, the driver can be sentenced up to 2 ½ years and a loss of license up to 2 years. However, there is a minimum mandatory sentence of 60 days in jail. For a 3rd offense, the driver must serve a minimum of 5 months in jail, up to 5 years, and a loss of license up to 8 years. For a 4th offense, the driver must serve a minimum of 1 year in jail, up to 5 years, and a loss of license of 10 years. For a 5th offense, the driver must serve 2 years in jail, and a permanent loss of license.
30 Sep 2014
There are probably not many of us who live in the Boston area that are not familiar with the Boston law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. This fictitious Boston law firm from the television series Boston Legal was supposedly located on Fleet Street, although the show was actually filmed at 500 Boylston Street. Sir John Mortimer, a famous British Queen’s Council (senior litigation attorney) was hired as an advisor. Mortimer was the author of Rumpole of the Bailey, a story about a somewhat downtrodden, self-effacing and put-upon defense barrister, who decided against career advancements so that he could stay a defense ‘hack’ as he described himself.
Every personal injury claim has two basic issues: liability and damages. The first issue is who is liable for the damages you sustained and secondly, what type of damages have you sustained and to what extent have they affected you, physically, emotionally and monetarily? The likelihood is that you will need to retain the services of a Boston personal injury lawyer to prove both liability and damages in order to receive compensation.
20 Sep 2014
Personal injury is the term most commonly used to refer to an injury sustained through another person’s negligence or intentional tort. An ‘injury’ can mean physical or emotional hurt. Personal injury claims are commonly brought because of traffic accidents, as well as accidents at home, at work or even on vacation. A personal injury lawsuit may arise from a myriad of events, such as tripping on an uneven sidewalk, slipping on the ice, being hit by a fallen branch, snow falling off a roof, a bike striking you, or someone opening a car door, without looking, and hurting you.
18 Sep 2014
In my last blog, I described how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed “Melanie’s Law” in order to enhance the penalties and sanctions for Massachusetts offenders who Operate Under the Influence (OUI). An OUI is often referred to as a DUI or Driving Under the Influence in other states. Melanie’s Law was named for 13-year-old Melanie Powell, who was killed in 2003 by a drunk driver while walking with her friends to a birthday party.
18 Sep 2014
On October 28, 2005, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed “Melanie’s Law.” The purpose of “Melanie’s Law” was to enhance the penalties and administrative sanctions for offenders in Massachusetts who Operate Under the Influence (OUI). An OUI is more popularly referred to as a DUI in other states. It was the result of a campaign by friends of a young girl, who was killed by a repeat drunk-driver.
11 Sep 2014
Natick is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, with a population of around 34,000. The name Natick means place of hills and originates from the Massachusetts Native American tribe. Natick was originally one of a ring of settlements around Boston that were used as part of a defensive strategy by the colonial government.