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PRETRIAL DIVERSION UNDER THE VALOR ACT

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.”

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?

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