Criminal Defense Lawyer: Sex Offense Charges

            If you are charged with a sex offense in Massachusetts the penalties can be much more substantial than just incarceration.  For instance, if you are convicted of a sex offense you will likely be required to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board.  This requires annual registration, and allows for public access to your personal information.

Additionally, many towns have residency requirements that disallow sex offenders from residing in certain locations.  For example, some towns won’t allow sex offenders to live within 1,000 feet of a school.  This can obviously be problematic if such person already owns a home within 1,000 feet of a school before any such conviction.

Similarly, if you are placed on probation for a sex offense, GPS is required for the period of probation.  The GPS will also include exclusion zones, or locations you can’t go to.  There is also a significant monthly cost for the GPS, which is in addition to the supervised probation fee.

Most convictions for sex offenses will also subject the person to submission of DNA for inclusion in the DNA database, and the potential to be examined for involuntary lifetime commitment under the sexually dangerous person’s statute.

As a result, if you are charged with a sex offense, contact a criminal defense attorney who will fight for you.  Don’t hesitate; the penalties are far too severe.

Drug Crime Attorney

Drug Crime Attorney

            If the police execute a search warrant for drugs at a residential address, the search warrant application must meet a constitutional threshold to be deemed valid.  At a minimum, there must be probable cause to believe that illegal drugs are located within the residence.  This is highlighted by Mass. General Laws Chapter 276 section 1, which deals with searches and warrants in general.

Similarly, if the search warrant application is based on controlled drug buys from the residence by a confidential informant, there must be information contained within the search warrant application identifying the informant’s past reliability and basis of knowledge that narcotics are contained within the residence.  Independent police corroboration of facts in the warrant affidavit can make up for deficiencies in the informant’s reliability and basis of knowledge.

Additionally, if you are not the subject of a search warrant and you just happen to be in the residence at the time of search and drugs are found, there has to be some evidence to establish that you either possessed the drugs or conspired with others to do so.

As a result, if you find yourself charged with a drug crime in Massachusetts, contact a drug crime attorney who knows how to fight for you.  Don’t hesitate there may be a mandatory minimum sentence waiting.

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