Pedestrian Accidents: Understanding Liability and Seeking Compensation in Massachusetts

Pedestrian accidents can be devastating, leading to severe injuries and, in some cases, even fatalities. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Massachusetts, it’s crucial to understand the legal aspects of such incidents, including liability and the process of seeking compensation. As experienced personal injury lawyers in Massachusetts, we aim to provide you with valuable insights to help you navigate through the complexities of pedestrian accident cases. Understanding

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Understanding the Juvenile Justice System in Massachusetts: Navigating Procedures, Outcomes, and the Crucial Role of Legal Representation

In the realm of criminal defense law, it is crucial to delve into the intricacies of the juvenile justice system, especially for concerned parents and guardians in Massachusetts. Navigating this complex system can be overwhelming, with various procedures, potential outcomes, and a paramount need for effective legal representation. As Massachusetts criminal defense lawyers, we shed light on the juvenile justice landscape, offering insights that can guide you through the challenges that may arise when a

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Slip and Fall Accidents: Determining Liability in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, slip and fall incidents are more common than you might think, and determining liability in such cases can be a complex process. If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall accident, it’s essential to understand the legal aspects of these incidents. The Prevalence of Slip and Fall Accidents in Massachusetts Slip and fall accidents are unfortunately quite common in Massachusetts. These accidents can happen in various settings,

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The Consequence of OUI in Massachusetts

Drunk driving, or operating under the influence (OUI), is a serious crime in Massachusetts. The state has strict laws in place to deter individuals from driving while impaired, and the penalties for OUI are severe. Understanding the charges and consequences of OUI is essential for anyone who may face such charges in the state. In Massachusetts, OUI is defined as operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or with a blood

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Can Police Officer Demand Identification From Passengers in Motor Vehicle Traffic Violation?

A police officer in Massachusetts can demand identification from passengers in a car that has been pulled over for a traffic violation. According to Massachusetts law, a police officer may request identification from anyone in the vehicle if they have reasonable suspicion to believe that person is involved in criminal activity. The driver of the vehicle is required to provide their name, address, and license to the officer upon request, but passengers are not required

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Immunity for Testimony: An Extension of the Fifth Amendment

It is a common technique by law enforcement and prosecutors to offer someone accused of a crime immunity in exchange for their cooperation. This cooperation is usually defined as testifying in court as to the details of a crime in which they were involved. The goal of this technique is to exchange the conviction of someone involved in relatively minor wrongdoing for the conviction of someone involved in more serious crime, or to bring down

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The Massachusetts Criminal Arraignment Process

It’s easy for attorneys to take for granted the knowledge they have regarding a criminal arraignment. After all, they may find themselves in court several times a week, so the process is second nature to them. Unless you have been involved in a criminal legal process, the things that go on during a hearing can be shrouded in mystery. Let’s examine the process and review what one can expect during an arraignment. The Probation Department

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What is the difference between civil fraud and criminal fraud?

Fraud is defined as wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. The primary difference between criminal fraud and civil fraud lies in who is pursuing legal action in the case. A person accused of committing an act of fraud by the government is subject to criminal fraud and, if found guilty, may be subject to probation, jail time, and/or restitution. Individuals who feel they have been the victim of fraud

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Planning For Divorce – Steps to Take When Considering Divorce in Massachusetts

It comes as no surprise that many individuals contemplating divorce struggle with the final decision. Some even contemplate divorce for years before ever speaking with an attorney. When considering divorce, there are several steps you can take to help lessen the burden of such a difficult decision. #1 Protect Your Children Every parent wants what is best for their children; this may mean separation or divorce for some families. You can help your children by

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OUI/DUI Second Offense Defense – Not Guilty at Trial

Client from out of state was travelling through a small town when he encountered road construction and a detour. He stopped to ask the detail officer for directions, but had an open can of Pabst Blue Ribbon between his legs. The officer had him pull to the side of the road and perform field sobriety tests. After failing all tests, he was placed under arrest and charged with a second offense OUI. After thorough cross

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Tow Truck Driver Hit Head On

Client was working as a tow truck operator when he was struck head on by another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle attempted to flee, but was held on scene until officers could respond. After much negotiation, the case settled for the automobile insurance policy limits.

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Worcester OUI/DUI Defense – .08 Breath Test – Not Guilty at Trial

Client was stopped after travelling the wrong way up a one way street in Worcester. After failing field sobriety tests she was arrested and brought back to the police station where she took and failed a breathalyzer with a .08. Under cross examination, the officer agreed that there was no obvious signage of the one way street and that there was no way to tell what our client’s blood alcohol level was at the time

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Drug Charges – Dismissed – Worcester District Court

Client was walking in the City of Worcester when he was approached by a police officer. Officer testified that he had been working with an informant who provided information that our client was selling drugs. Upon seeing the officer approach, our client attempted to conceal narcotics by placing them in his mouth. After a brief struggle, our client was arrested and charged with drug possession. At a motion hearing, extensive cross examination of the officer

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Truck Driver Struck Head On – $125,000.00 Settlement

Our client was working driving a box truck one evening when he was struck head on by a small passenger vehicle. The operator of the passenger vehicle was reportedly travelling in excess of 100mph and crossed over in front of our client. Luckily our client was operating a box truck and suffered less extensive injuries as a result. After almost a year of treatment and negotiation we were able to secure him a settlement of

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Worcester OUI/DUI – Third Offense – Not Guilty at Trial

Client was operating her vehicle late one evening when an off-duty officer called to report her vehicle all over the road. An on-duty officer was dispatched and pulled her over. After noticing the odor of alcohol and bloodshot/glassy eyes, he had her perform field sobriety test. After failing all of the tests, she was arrested. At trial, we were able to discredit the testimony of the off-duty officer after thorough cross examination and our client

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Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Not Guilty at Trial

Client was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon after a confrontation with his ex-girlfriend. After extensive preparation and cross examination it was revealed that the parities had recently been in Probate Court where the girlfriend lost a bid to obtain more support for the child that they had shared custody of just days before these accusations. Our client was a great father that was devastated by these accusations and we were able to establish

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OUI/DUI Defense – Worcester Roadblock Sobriety Checkpoint – Dismissed

Client was stopped at a Worcester roadblock sobriety checkpoint. He was instructed to pull to the side and was asked to step out of his vehicle. Client failed all field sobriety testing and was taken to the State Police barracks. At the barracks he was examined by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and failed the screening. He was charged with OUI – Drugs. After thorough examination of the facts and protocols we determined that the

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Head on Collision – $300,000.00 Settlement

Client was an elderly woman who was driving her vehicle on a Worcester highway when she was hit head on by a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. The crash was violent and our client was caused to suffer multiple fractures and sprains. Client was able to recover very well in a short period of time and we were able to recover a settlement for the policy limits of $300,000.00.

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