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The Trials of Virtual Court

As you may or may not be aware, the Courts have made some adjustments in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Imperfect as they may be, they are made in an effort to proceed with as much normalcy and efficiency as possible. Procedures vary from Court to Court, so if you have not received specific instructions for your hearing, contact the court to determine if your matter will proceed telephonically, via Zoom, or in person. If

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What are the Legal Consequences of Setting off Fireworks in Massachusetts?

During a recent press conference Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that calls for fireworks have gone up by 2300%. Firework complaints typically increase in the week before fourth of July; however, this statistic is unprecedented. According to Massachusetts State Law, it is illegal for citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks, or to purchase them legally else ware and transport them into state. If you are found in possession of fireworks, an officer is mandated

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What Are Your Rights When You Get Pulled Over?

If you are pulled over by an officer under the suspicion of driving under the influence, it is important to be aware of your rights. The officer may ask you a series of questions, which if answered, will be part of his report. You do not have to answer any of these questions, as you are entitled to speak with an attorney first. Denying to respond does not contribute to reasonable suspicion, meaning that your

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To CWOF, or not to CWOF?

A continuance without a finding, or CWOF is a form of plea allowed in criminal court. It is an admission that the prosecution has enough evidence (sufficient facts) against you to find you guilty of criminal charges, but is an alternative option to a formal guilty plea. Rather than risk a trial and fight a case that likely will not play out in your favor, a defendant may take a CWOF. They will be placed

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Don’t get “doored”. It is a surefire way to ruin a perfectly good day!

If you have ever ridden your bicycle in the City, you know what the term “doored” means.  It’s when a motor vehicle opens their door causing a collision with a bicycle.  Motorists are responsible for checking to ensure that there isn’t a bicyclist coming up from behind them before opening their door. This is covered by M.G.L. Ch. 90 section 14 states that “…No person shall open a door on a motor vehicle unless it

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School buses and the Death Zone

The majority of children injured or killed on school buses and other student transportation vehicles are not injured or killed on the bus, but outside the bus. They are hurt or killed in the “Death Zone” which is the area immediately in front of or around the bus. Most are struck by motorists who fail to stop for the flashing red lights and extended stop signs. The Law: In Massachusetts, all lanes of traffic in

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Another reason to get along with your ex…

Most Probate Judges award parents shared legal custody of their un-emancipated children.  Legal custody is the decision making power with respect to medical, educational and religious decisions. The one exception to this standard would be when there is a restraining order in place that prohibits effective communication between the parents. However, the tide seems to be changing and the Courts are looking at the parent’s relationship as to whether they are able to share legal

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Is Rental Car Insurance Necessary?

If you are planning on renting a car during your travels this summer, you are certainly familiar with the multitude of extra costs that can be tacked on. You may be asking yourself the particular question: do I need insurance for this rental car? While a rental company may tell you that their insurance is necessary, this is not always the case. First, let’s talk about what happens when you get in an accident in

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A Criminal Defense Attorney’s Take on Divorce and Co-Parenting

As a long-time criminal defense attorney, I meet many people who have made big mistakes. These mistakes have led to difficulties in the criminal justice system. At the very least, they have to pay for (and put up with) me to help them. Often, these problems stem from a toxic romantic relationship or dissolving marriage. Having to deal with the criminal justice system is an obvious bad result if such problems either are alleged to

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