I heard a story not long ago about an English barrister whose dogs played tug-of-war with his barrister’s wig. The dogs had a fine old time and tore the expensive, hand-made, horsehair wig to shreds. After an evening out, he came home to find the house littered with white curls and the dogs looking very pleased with themselves. Needless to say, he was not at all pleased with his dogs. The replacement cost several thousand dollars, and he was unable appear in court until his new wig was ready because in the English court system, the judge will not “hear” a barrister, who is not correctly attired.
14 Jan 2015
As a Boston criminal lawyer, I am more than familiar with arraignments, pre-trial conferences, Clerk’s Hearings, compliance and election, motions, trials and pleas. Practically each day, I am in a District or Superior Court in Massachusetts representing clients, like you, charged with all sorts of crimes.
Well, the obvious answer is a Boston criminal defense lawyer is someone who represents a person who is in trouble with the law. And that is a good thing. However, lawyers also have bad press. Just think of all those anti-lawyer jokes. For example: How many lawyers are needed to change a light bulb? Answer, twenty three: two to object, four to research precedents, one to dictate a letter, five to argue, one to get a continuance, one to depose, one to write motions, two to negotiate, five to bill for professional services and one to order the office manager to change the bulb. But lawyer jokes aside, just stop and think a minute. The fact is a Boston criminal defense lawyer is an essential element in the American criminal justice system.
14 Jan 2015
Why would you want to hire a Massachusetts criminal lawyer? For many reasons! If you are not a U.S. citizen, you don’t want to be deported, or denied citizenship. And, if you have a student loan, you can’t afford to lose it. Or, if you live in subsidized housing, you don’t want to be evicted. After all, where will you and your family live? And, you don’t want to lose your job… or your good reputation, you need to get legal advice from a lawyer.
But, above all, you don’t want to go to jail!
Previous blogs have explored the definition of Assault and Battery. However, just to remind you, “Assault” and “Battery” are two separate offenses but are more commonly referred together as a third crime, “Assault & Battery.” “Assault” is the attempt or threat of violence, such as a person taking a swing at another person or throwing something at the person, without making contact. “Battery” is the use of actual force against another person or any unwanted touching. An “Assault & Battery” is a combination of an “Assault” and a “Battery,” such as punching someone else or throwing and hitting the person with some type of missile. In many ways, a “Battery” and an “Assault & Battery” are interchangeable. Any one of these three crimes can be aggravated by the use of a dangerous weapon, which will increase the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony and may result in a harsher penalty.