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Probation Surrender

Probation Surrender

A probation surrender is a formal administrative hearing that occurs when a defendant is placed on either supervised or unsupervised probation and the probation department or probation officer alleges that the probationer has violated the terms and conditions of his or her probation.…

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Massachusetts Drivers License Suspension and Surcharges

Massachusetts Drivers License Suspension and Surcharges

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The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will suspend someone’s driver’s license for a variety of reasons. The following are only a few reasons:

  • Five Surcharges: A driver that has 5 civil vehicle citations or 5 surcharges within a three year period will have to undergo traffic school or they will face a license suspension.
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Criminal Harassment

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The criminal harassment statute was enacted to protect people from stalking behaviors, and to protect victims of harassment before that behavior could escalate into more dangerous conduct.…

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Filing a False Police Report

Charged with Filing a False Police Report?

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Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269 Section 13(A) makes it a crime to intentionally make/file a police report knowing that it is false. In order to get a conviction for filing a false police report the prosecution must prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • The defendant reported a crime to a police officer or did something to cause a police report to be made/filed;
  • The report was false;
  • The Defendant reported the crime intentionally and not by accident, negligence or mistake;
  • The Defendant reported the crime or filed the report knowing it was false.
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Penalties For Domestic Assault and Battery

Penalties for Conviction on Domestic Assault and Battery Charges in Massachusetts

Depending on the facts of an arrest, domestic assault and battery in Massachusetts can be charged as simple assault and battery, assault and battery, aggravated assault and battery or assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.…

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MA Criminal Law – Manslaughter, Penalties for Manslaughter

  • Massachusetts General Laws
  • Part IV Crimes, Punishments and Proceedings in Criminal Cases
  • Title I Crimes and Punishments
  • Chapter 265 Crimes Against The Person

Section 13.  Manslaughter; punishment

[ Text of section effective until July 15, 2010. For text effective July 15, 2010, see below.]

Section 13. Whoever commits manslaughter shall, except as hereinafter provided, be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars and imprisonment in jail or a house of correction for not more than two and one half years. Whoever commits… Continue reading

MA Criminal Law – Murder by Duel, Fatal Fights, Mortal Wounds

  • Massachusetts General Laws
  • Part IV Crimes, Punishments and Proceedings in Criminal Cases
  • Title I Crimes and Punishments
  • Chapter 265 Crimes Against The Person

Section 3.  Duel; wound without and death within state; venue

Section 3. An inhabitant or resident of this commonwealth who, by previous appointment or engagement made within the same, fights a duel outside its jurisdiction, and in so doing inflicts a mortal wound upon a person whereof he dies within the commonwealth shall be guilty of murder within this commonwealth, and may be indicted, tried and convicted in the county where the death occurs.…

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MA Criminal Law – Murder; Penalties for Murder

Also, see, Murder and Felony Murder.

Murder law is found in Massachusetts law under:

  • Massachusetts General Laws
  • Part IV Crimes, Punishments and Proceedings in Criminal Cases
  • Title I Crimes and Punishments
  • Chapter 265 Crimes Against The Person

Section 1. Murder Defined

Section 1.

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Massachusetts Criminal Law – Penalties for Assault and Battery

Massachusetts Criminal Law – Penalties for Assault and Battery

Also, see Battery Charges | About Assault and Battery Charges

Section 13A. Assault, or assault and battery; punishment

Section 13A. (a) Whoever commits an assault or an assault and battery upon another shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 2 1/2 years in a house of correction or by a fine of not more than $1,000.…

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MA Criminal Law – Penalities for Rape of Child During Commission of a Crime

Section 22B Rape of a child during commission of certain offenses or by use of force; penalties

Section 22B. Whoever has sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse with a child under 16, and compels such child to submit by force and against his will or compels such child to submit by threat of bodily injury and:

(a) the sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse is committed during the commission or attempted commission of any of the following offenses: (1) armed burglary as set forth in section 14 of chapter 266; (2) unarmed burglary as set forth in section 15 of… Continue reading