Possession of an ounce or less of marijuana may still be charged as a drug crime if there is additional evidence to suggest that the possession was with the intent to distribute. Some common evidence that may tip the scale in favor of an intent to distribute include:
- Individual wrapped bags;
- Multiple Cell Phones;
- Cutting Agents.
If you find yourself facing a charge of possession with intent to distribute drugs, contact a drug crime attorney who has handled these cases for both sides. Contact Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at email@example.com today.
Assault and Battery cases alleging domestic abuse allow for a written statement of abuse to be entered into a statewide domestic violence record keeping system. The Commonweatlh will simply file a notice with the Court that domestic abuse is alleged and the Court must conduct a preliminary inquiry to determine that the Commonwealth’s allegation of domestic abuse has sufficient factual support. If these criteria are met, the statement enters the statewide system and can only be removed upon:
- A Finding of Not Guilty;
- The Grand Jury returning a No Bill; or
- No Probable Cause being found by the Court.
At the present time, the records in the system are available to law enforcement and judges considering petitions or complaints for restraining and protective orders. As a result, whenever facing assault and battery cases, it is important to hire an attorney who has handled hundreds of assault and battery cases. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Many drug crimes in Massachusetts carry minimum mandatory jail or prison sentences. For example, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute the same under Mass. Gen. Laws chapter 94C section 32A(c) includes:
- A minimum mandatory 1 year term of imprisonment;
- Up to 10 years to the State Prison; or
- 2.5 years to the House of Correction.
If you face a drug crime under the above-mentioned section, or a drug crime generally, you need a drug crime attorney with the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at email@example.com today.
An often overlooked element in OUI cases is operation of a motor vehicle. In Massachusetts, in order to prove operation for an OUI charge, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The Person is in the Vehicle; &
- Intentionally Manipulates some Mechanical or Electrical Part of the Vehicle;
- Which Alone or in Sequence, will set the Vehicle in Motion.
Operation will unlikely be an issue if the police observe someone driving on the highway, but it may become an issue if the person is observed standing outside of the motor vehicle . As a result, if you find yourself charged in such a situation, it is important to hire an OUI Lawyer who has handled cases on both sides of the law. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605, or at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that police may not conduct a search incident to arrest of a cell phone unless the police have a search warrant for the phone or there are exigent circumstances. If you are arrested and charged with a drug crime, it is important to know:
- How did the Police Acquire the Cell Phone;
- Was there a Search of the Phone; &
- Was any Information Taken from the Phone;
As a result, if you are facing drug crimes, including drug possesion offenses, it is important to speak to a drug crime attorney who can help you understand what is admissible evidence. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at email@example.com today.
Assault and Battery Cases against family or household members may subject the accused to enhanced penalties. Family or household members are defined under Mass. General Laws Chapter 265 section 13M as persons who:
- Are or who were married to one another;
- Have a child in common regardless of whether they have ever married or lived together; or
- Are or have been in a substantive dating or engagement relationship.
As a result, whenever facing assault and battery cases involving a domestic relationship, it is important to hire an attorney who can guide you through the process. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Drug Crimes carry with them some of the harshest penalties under the law. Trafficking charges may be brought based on the weight of the drugs that are possessed. For instance, if you are charged with trafficking in cocaine, and the weight is between:
- 18-36 grams, the punishment includes a mandatory 2 year state prison sentence;
- 36-99 grams, includes a 3.5 year minimum state prison sentence;
- 100-199 grams, subjects the accused to a minimum mandatory 8 year prison sentence; &
- 200 grams or more subjects the accused to a 12 year minimum prison sentence.
As a resuit, it is important to have a drug crime attorney on your side who will challenge the weight. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at email@example.com today.