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
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.
Worcester County Firefighter Charged With Theft of a Drug and
Obtaining Drugs by Fraud
A Princeton, Massachusetts firefighter was arraigned the other day in Worcester Central District Court on one count of larceny of a drug, and one count of obtaining drugs by fraud. Any Worcester area citizen has to be concerned where such a person in a position of power and trust is charged in such a manner. What is important to remember, however, is that the firefighter is innocent until proven guilty, according to Worcester criminal lawyer Shane W. Surrette.
The idea of innocence until being proven guilty is often dispelled with in society today, as we often adopt sensational allegations and leave it up to the person being charged to disprove the allegations. While larceny of a drug and obtaining drugs by fraud are serious charges, as are any drug offenses, we as a society must remain vigilant not to condemn those charged with criminal offenses, and we must allow the court process to take its course.
As drug offenses can affect any segment of the population, as the Princeton case highlights, if you or someone you love is faced with possessing, stealing, or intending to distribute drugs, don’t go at it alone. Contact an experienced criminal lawyer who has tried drug cases in both the Superior and District Courts.
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What Does it Mean to Possess Drugs With the Intent to Distribute
Whenever there is a charge or indictment for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, often times the main issue to be litigated is whether or not the government can prove an intent to distribute, according to drug attorney Shane W. Surrette of Worcester, MA. For example, beyond claiming an observed hand to hand transaction, many times the government will allege that the presence of certain items make the case an intent to distribute rather than a mere possession case.
Some of the items that the government will look at to determine if there was an intent to distribute include: the presence of cutting instruments(cut product), various cell phones, numerous cut corner baggies, lists with numbers and/or names, as well as large amounts of both narcotics and cash. Usually the Commonwealth will utilize a police officer witness to testify in an expert capacity that the presence of some or all of the items listed above show that the drugs possessed were consistent with an intent to distribute.
Clearly, as the number of items listed above increases, the likelihood that the Commonwealth will be able to prove an intent to distribute also increases. For example, if the only allegation of an intent to distribute is the high quantity of drugs found, than that could obviously be indicative of someone who uses a lot of the drug, is not a dealer, and who possessed the drugs for personal use.
Similarly, as with any innocent items found with drugs, the central issue comes down to whether the items can be explained away, or whether the inescapable conclusion is that their presence shows that the drugs possessed are consistent with an intent to distribute. This is a fact driven determination and from a defense perspective less is obviously more.