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Massachusetts Outlaws “Designer Drugs”

Massachusetts recently followed the lead of several states – and of the federal government – in proscribing the manufacture, possession or distribution of designer drugs. Generally speaking, a designer drug is a structural and functional analog of a controlled substance that has been designed to mimic the effects of the original banned drug, while at…

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New Shoplifting Laws in Massachusetts

Do I need a lawyer if I am charged with shoplifting?  Probably. In January of 2015, Governor Baker signed into law “An Act to Improve the Criminal Laws Relative to Organized Retain Theft.” The Act, which is now in effect in Massachusetts, created several new crimes related to organized shoplifting. According to Wikipedia, Organized retail…

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Warrant Required for Police to Search Cellphone

The case was Commonwealth v. Dyette, decided in 2015.  After an alleged foot chase, the defendant was arrested for possession of a gun that was found in a public park garbage can.  At the time of the arrest, the defendant claimed that he was not out of breath because he had been running from other…