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.
28 Dec 2014
Think shoplifting is a relatively modern crime? Think again. It was way back in London about the time the Pilgrims were making their plans to sail to faraway shores that shoplifting became a crime. In 1699, the British Shoplifting Act defined shoplifting as a capital crime. Little changed for the next few hundred years. Even at the beginning of the nineteenth century in England, most crimes were considered felonies, for which the punishment was execution. In Charles Dickens’ novel Barnaby Rudge, the author alludes to the fact that shoplifting something that was worth five shillings or more was punishable by death. In 1816, British lawmakers attempted to do away with the death penalty for shoplifting, citing the case of George Barrett, who was only ten years old and under sentence of death for a petty shoplifting offense. Unfortunately, the bill was defeated and young Mr. Barrett and other shoplifters continued to be executed or, if they were lucky, transported to penal colonies in Australia. By 1822, attitudes had changed, and William Reading was the last person to be hanged for shoplifting in England. Shoplifting ceased to be a capital crime in England in 1832.
04 Dec 2014
A person in Massachusetts can be charged with an Aggravated Assault, an Aggravated Battery or an Aggravated Assault & Battery. Aggravated Assault & Battery is a statutory offense that falls under Chapter 265, Section 13A of the Massachusetts General Laws. Like an Assault & Battery, it is comprised of an assault and a battery. However, similar to an Assault & Battery With a Dangerous Weapon, an Aggravated Assault & Battery is a felony. Therefore, you can be sentenced to a term in state prison.
04 Dec 2014
One of the more famous Assault & Battery cases in recent years involved Chris Brown and Rihanna. They were in a car when they got into an argument, and Brown tried to force her out of the car. When this tactic failed, he punched her repeatedly, and then threatened to beat her when the couple got home. However, when Brown thought Rihanna had called the police, he told her he would kill her, and then continued to punch her, bite her and choke her. Eventually, Brown was sentenced to five years’ probation and six months of community service.
04 Dec 2014
While Massachusetts may be home to many legendary sports greats, it is also home to many criminal courts, where trained prosecutors are prepared to put you behind bars. If you have been caught shoplifting, calling an experienced Shoplifting Attorney
can be the difference between sitting behind home plate at a Red Sox game or sitting behind bars for a year, or more.