Massachusetts Criminal Law
Massachusetts criminal law statutes provide explanations of crimes, punishments, and court procedures in criminal cases. The information in the statutes can be detailed and extensive. The following paragraphs offer a condensed explanation of common issues in Massachusetts criminal law. For a more detailed explanation or assistance following an arrest, contact a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney.
Drug Possession in Massachusetts
Massachusetts's drug laws outline penalties for three primary categories of drug offenses:
For more details on what quantity of each drug elevates Massachusetts drug charges to distribution or trafficking, or if arrested with possession of drugs, contact a Massachusetts criminal attorney.
Assault in Massachusetts
Assault in Massachusetts can be charged when someone threatens another with bodily harm, or intentionally or recklessly causes bodily harm. A sentence in assault and battery cases in Massachusetts can vary:
Additionally, Massachusetts has several specific laws assigning increased punishments in more severe cases.; For specific information on an assault or assault and battery charge contact a Massachusetts defense attorney.
Massachusetts Drunk Driving – OUI
A Massachusetts OUI (Operating Under the Influence) can be a serious offense with expensive consequences. A first time OUI in Massachusetts is punishable by a potential jail term up to 2 1/2 years, a fine between $500 - $5,000, an assortment of fees that could total up to $4,000, and a license suspension of up to one year. There are available defenses to an OUI charge, so if arrested contact a Massachusetts OUI attorney.
Right to Jury in Massachusetts
A criminal defendant in Massachusetts has the right to be tried by a jury. This right may be waived if the defendant files a written request with the court, and the court consents to the waiver. For more information on the process of waiving a right to jury trial in Massachusetts, contact a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney.
Trial Date in Massachusetts
After a Massachusetts defendant is arraigned the court will schedule a pre-trial conference where the parties and the judge will meet to determine a trial date for the case. After a trial date has been entered, a judge may grant a continuance only if not doing so would constitute injustice, or if the trial contains complex issues that require more time to prepare for.
Sentence Review / Appeal in Massachusetts
A Massachusetts defendant may file for a sentence review of a final judgment in any criminal case unless the sentence is already the minimum sentence. The sentence review panel consists of three judges, and will look over the case to determine if the sentence is upheld. A convicted defendant in Massachusetts may also file an appeal of the sentence or judgment. The sentence review or appeal process in Massachusetts requires timely attention to detail and procedure; contact a Massachusetts criminal lawyer for further assistance.
Massachusetts General Laws and Rules of Criminal Procedure
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