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  • Abuse Prevention Orders and Harassment Prevention Orders

    Abuse Prevention Orders and Harassment Prevention Orders Have you been served with an Abuse Prevention Order (commonly known as a Restraining Order ) or a Harassment Prevention Order ? Did you notice on the order that a hearing was scheduled so that you can contest the extension of the order? Most people will wonder whether it is worth it to contest the extension of the order. What exactly is an ...
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  • Drug Crimes and How to Fight the Charges

    Have you been charged or do you know someone who has been charged with a drug-related crime ? Whether you are charged with Possession , Possession with Intent to Distribute , Trafficking , School Zone Drug Violations , or Conspiracy , we can help you. Most drug arrests come from observations of the police, hand to hand sales or search warrants. All of these issues present sophisticated defenses ...
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  • The Implication of Criminal Charges on Your Family

    Criminal charges can have a devastating effect on your family. Criminal charges can often lead to divorce, Abuse Prevention Orders (commonly known as a Restraining Orders), modifications (changes) to previous child custody orders, and familial estrangement. Do you find yourself charged with Assault & Battery on a Family/Household Member such as your wife or husband? Or maybe your girlfriend or ...
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  • New Legislation involving Sexting and Revenge Porn

    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently introduced new legislation to address the advances in technology that have led to cases involving revenge porn and cases involving teenagers who engage in sexting . Revenge porn is becoming increasingly common with more and more states passing legislation to criminalize the act of posting revenge porn online. But what is revenge porn? Revenge porn ...
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  • Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) Hearings

    You, or a loved one, just plead guilty or were convicted of a sex offense and the Judge tells you that you will now have to register with SORB (the Sex Offender Registry Board) as a sex offender. You probably have no idea what that entails or how it will affect your everyday life. So many thoughts and questions go racing through your mind like: How do I register with SORB, What level sex offender ...
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  • Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board

    Now that you, or a loved one, have been required to register with SORB (the Sex Offender Registry Board) as a sex offender, your thoughts will change from how the process works to the following: When can I get off the Sex Offender Registry List ? What do I need to do to get off the Sex Offender Registry List? Can I reduce my SORB classification level and how long do I have to wait to request a ...
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  • Statutory Rape and Sex Education for High School Students

    Do you have children in middle school and high school? Do you wonder what they are being taught in school about sex, the age of consent, and what qualifies as consent? Long gone are the days when sex education began and ended with a discussion about the birds and the bees. Today’s sex education needs to incorporate the law or else your child may find themselves facing criminal charges. At Sweeney ...
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  • Massachusetts Breathalyzer Test Results Flawed Between June 2012 and September 2014

    Were you charged with drunk driving between June 2012 and September 14, 2014 based in part on the results of a breathalyzer test? Were you then convicted based on the breathalyzer test results? Or maybe you plead guilty or admitted to sufficient facts (known as a Continued Without A Finding) based on the results of the breathalyzer test? If so, then you may be entitled to challenge your conviction ...
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  • When Criminal Charges Lead to a Civil Lawsuit

    At Sweeney & Associates, we see time and again that a client who has faced criminal charges will also face a civil lawsuit. Types of criminal charges that lead to civil lawsuits include assault and battery, embezzlement, larceny, or injuries from a sexual assault whether physical or mental. We have also represented clients in cases where the criminal statute of limitations has passed but the civil ...
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  • Child Pornography and the Changing Legal Landscape

    Someone that we all know as a brother, a father or a good friend is sitting right now at their computer and thinks that the internet is a vast place and their online browsing can’t be traced. They log into a chat room and start talking with a teenage girl. Soon enough the anonymity of the internet takes over and the girl poses topless. He takes a screen shot and saves it while asking her to send ...
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  • Massachusetts Police Crack Down on Texting while Driving

    The Massachusetts State Police and cities and towns across the commonwealth are shifting their focus to distracted drivers this spring and summer. A recent Fox 25 Undercover and Northeastern School of Journalism Investigation has brought focus to those who text and drive. Governor Charlie Baker as well as the Massachusetts State Police have said they will devote resources and attention to the ...
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  • Celebrating St Patrick's Day in South Boston or Downtown? Drinking??

    Finally, spring looks like its arriving and with that we have the annual St Paddy’s day parade. If you are planning on being along Broadway or at a local bar or house party like our firm will be remember a few things. This may be one of the biggest partying or drinking days for you and your friends but it is certainly a day for police to enforce drinking laws. Remember OPEN CONTAINERS ARE NOT ...
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  • Sealing a criminal record in Massachusetts

    Sealing Your Criminal Record Sweeney and Associates often receives calls regarding whether a person can seal their criminal record. The first thing we advise our clients is to obtain a certified copy of the docket sheet from the court regarding your case and the second is to hire an experienced attorney to represent you in the process. The docket sheet from your case is important because it states ...
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  • Family Law, Divorce, Mediation

    Family Law, Divorce, Mediation At Sweeney and Associates we understand how difficult it is for families going through divorce, custody disputes, or child support issues. We pride ourselves in not only representing our clients zealously in and out of court but also assisting them through the difficult times they endure during the litigation. Attorney Richard Sweeney and Attorney Sabrina Bonanno ...
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  • Child Pornography Laws

    Child Pornography Laws Sweeney and Associates has handled high profile child pornography cases which have received not only national but international media coverage in the cases of Robert Diduca and Geoffrey Portway. We have also handled numerous cases in State and District Courts in this area. When you are faced with charges involving child pornography the laws are harsh and it is extremely ...
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