2017

PRETRIAL DIVERSION UNDER THE VALOR ACT

[28-April-17 17:16:01]
In 2012, the Massachusetts legislature enacted the VALOR Act, which, among other things, amended the pretrial diversion procedures in the criminal courts so as to...

ALL I TOLD THE POLICE WAS “I DON’T KNOW.”

[20-April-17 17:26:03]
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 268, section 13B criminalizes “witness intimidation.”  This exceptionally broad statute prohibits a panoply of conduct, and perhaps most often comes into...

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BAIL MONEY?

[21-March-17 15:59:28]
When a person is arraigned on criminal charges (arraignment means the first court appearance, at which the defendant is told about what the criminal charges...

HOW DO I SEAL MY CRIMINAL RECORD IN MASSACHUSETTS?

[22-February-17 19:13:04]
Because of the inherent negative collateral consequences of a having a criminal record, e.g., becoming unemployable, difficulty obtaining housing, many people seek to have their...

2016