Modifying Conditions of Bail in Massachusetts

Modifying Conditions of Bail in Massachusetts

In the Massachusetts criminal justice system, there is a legal presumption that a criminal defendant will be released on personal recognizance (his or her promise to return to court).  However, the Court may use its discretion to impose bail.  At…

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Understanding Proffer Sessions

Understanding Proffer Sessions

A proffer session is where a criminal defendant meets with prosecutors to discuss his or her case.  Parties present for these meetings normally include the defendant, his or her attorney, the prosecutor(s) pursuing the defendant’s case, and law enforcement agents…

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Drug and Alcohol Testing for Defendants

Drug and Alcohol Testing for Defendants

Methods for Drug and Alcohol Testing for Defendants on Bail or Probation in Massachusetts When a criminal defendant is released on bail during the pendency of a Massachusetts criminal case, or sentenced to probation after resolving a Massachusetts criminal case, the…

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School and Park Zone Violations in Massachusetts

School and Park Zone Violations in Massachusetts

School and Park Zone Violations When a criminal defendant in Massachusetts is charged with distributing or trafficking drugs, and the offense is allegedly committed within 300 feet of a public or private accredited preschool, head start facility, elementary, vocational, or…

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License to Carry Appeals in Massachusetts

License to Carry Appeals in Massachusetts

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides the constitutional framework for American gun laws. The Second Amendment guarantees U.S. citizens the right to bear arms. However, there are limits to this privilege.  In Massachusetts, residents age 15 years…

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