Ever since there have been shops, there has been shoplifting, the taking or stealing of something from a store, or otherwise attempting to deprive a retail store of the full value of its merchandise.

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Looking back over the history of Assault and Battery, the records show quite a few strange events, like a trial that took place in Habersham County, Georgia back in 1920.  During the trial, a tall and somewhat muscular woman was called as the state’s witness.

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Since the Massachusetts law changed in 2009, being caught in possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana means you are only facing a civil fine of $100.  Another significant reform is that these charges will no longer appear on your CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information).  Does the fact that possession of a small amount of marijuana mean that you don’t need a Boston criminal attorney to keep your record clean? Well, that depends. If you get charged with possession of over an ounce of marijuana, the charge and/or conviction will show up on your CORI.  Having a marijuana charge on your CORI means you will be prevented from many future job opportunities, scholarships, and other consequences as a result of any background check that shows a criminal record.

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Have you been caught with more than an ounce of marijuana or possession of another Controlled Substance?  Did you realize it is a crime to unlawfully possess more than an ounce of marijuana or any quantity of another type of controlled substance, knowingly or intentionally.  Whether you realized it or not, you need to contact a Boston criminal lawyer as quickly as possible to protect your life, liberty and reputation.

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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.

 

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14 Jan 2015

DON’T PLEAD GUILTY!

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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.

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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.

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