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  • Child Pornography

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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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Child Pornography Investigations by Homeland Security

      Federal and State officials are cracking down on Possession of Child Pornography and the Distribution of Child Porn by tracking the IP addresses of the users. For over a year a skilled set of investigators have targeted internet Child pornography with great success. Jennifer McKim of The Boston Globe and Boston,com wrote an excellent article on the arrest of Robert Diduca in Massachusetts and the ...

    College Student Crimes

    The latest posts for College Student Crimes are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • Possession of a Fake ID - Loss Of License in Massachusetts

      Every year students will find a way to get their hands on a fake ID that they can use to buy alcohol or gain access to the local nightclub or bar. Every year the police ramp themselves up in college towns across America to find these students and charge them with Being a Minor Purchasing Alcohol and will confiscate these IDs when they make the arrest. Others will find themselves in bars when the ...
    • What Happens If You Get Arrested in Massachusetts

      I was just arrested now what? First, invoke your right to remain silent. Shut up. Do not give any confessions. Do not give any statements. Do not sign anything that even remotely smells like a statement or admission. You have a constitutional right not to make a statement to the police. Second, demand to speak to your lawyer, immediately. You have a constitutional right to speak to your lawyer ...

    Cost of a Massachusetts Lawyer

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    • Massachusetts Dui Defense: How To Avoid A Massachusetts Drunk Driving Arrest And Mass Drunk Driving Roadblocks

      How smart is it to drive a car through the streets with, say, a .16 blood alcohol level? Not very. In fact, it is abundantly stupid and inherently dangerous for you and everyone in your vicinity. How about saving about $5,000 in attorney’s fees and take a cab instead of driving? How about, since it’s the summer and we all know we are going to imbibe, just plan to take a cab from the start? Yes, ...
    • What does it cost to hire a lawyer?

      The cost of hiring a good lawyer varies by jurisdiction and by area of expertise. Most attorneys charge by the hour with fees ranging from $125 to $450 depending on many variables. You should expect to pay more in larger cities than you do in neighboring towns. A large firm with a downtown office has larger overhead than a smaller firm in the suburbs. Certain cases such as personal injury cases ...

    Criminal Defense

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    • Testifying Before a Grand Jury

      Have you been called to testify before a grand jury? Do you have questions about whether you are required to testify or maybe you have concerns that you will say something that is incriminating? Once you receive a summons or subpoena to testify before a grand jury, the most important thing to do is contact an attorney to discuss your specific case and obtain legal advice which could save you from ...
    • Sexual Assault and the Defense of Consent

      Anyone who watches the news, reads the news, or receives news alerts on their smartphones has probably either heard of or even followed the criminal case involving Bill Cosby . For anyone unfamiliar with the case, Mr. Cosby was charged with three counts of sexual assault. The alleged victim claimed she did not consent to the sexual contact while Mr. Cosby claimed that all the sexual acts were ...
    • 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 ...

    Criminal defense lawyer fees

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    • What does it cost to hire a lawyer?

      The cost of hiring a good lawyer varies by jurisdiction and by area of expertise. Most attorneys charge by the hour with fees ranging from $125 to $450 depending on many variables. You should expect to pay more in larger cities than you do in neighboring towns. A large firm with a downtown office has larger overhead than a smaller firm in the suburbs. Certain cases such as personal injury cases ...

    Criminal Records

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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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Drinking in Public

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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 ...

    drug crimes

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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 ...
    • Massachusetts Drug Lawyer

      Defending Against Criminal Drug Charges This article is intended to provide clients who are under investigation or have been charged with possession, distribution or trafficking in cocaine, heroin, oxycodone or other Class A or Class B narcotics in Massachusetts. It is written by a retired Boston Police Sergeant, now criminal defense lawyer, with extensive experience in the investigation of drug ...
    • Mass Criminal Law - Legal Information for College Students and Parents

      As a parent of high school and college students, both in state and out Richard J. Sweeney is acutely aware that you may not know the laws of Massachusetts, and more importantly, what to do if you, or your son or daughter, should find yourself in trouble in Massachusetts. There is nothing more terrifying than being in another state and not knowing who to turn to. We work closely with schools and ...

    Drunk Driving

    The latest posts for Drunk Driving are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • Massachusetts Drunk Driving Law

      OFFENSE ELEMENTS Operation of MV On Public Way With a Blood Alcohol of .08 or greater, or Operating while under influence of alcohol. i.e., the ability to operate safely is diminished by the consumption of alcohol All operators are deemed to have consented to a breath test administered by a police officer by virtue of driving Applies if you are arrested for OUI Refusals to take the breath test ...
    • New England Patriots, UMass Football and Gillette Stadium Concert fans are being arrested in record numbers.

      Every week UMass Football fans, New England Patriots fans, and concert goers are arrested at Gillette Stadium and in Foxborough Massachusetts by officers patrolling the stadium, roadways and the surrounding parking lots. There is a large police presence at these events and they are looking for Fake IDs, drunken behavior and DUI’s. You can be issued a trespass order and if you don’t comply you find ...

    Fake ID in Massachusetts

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    False ID

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    • Possession of a Fake ID - Loss Of License in Massachusetts

      Every year students will find a way to get their hands on a fake ID that they can use to buy alcohol or gain access to the local nightclub or bar. Every year the police ramp themselves up in college towns across America to find these students and charge them with Being a Minor Purchasing Alcohol and will confiscate these IDs when they make the arrest. Others will find themselves in bars when the ...
    • What Happens If You Get Arrested in Massachusetts

      I was just arrested now what? First, invoke your right to remain silent. Shut up. Do not give any confessions. Do not give any statements. Do not sign anything that even remotely smells like a statement or admission. You have a constitutional right not to make a statement to the police. Second, demand to speak to your lawyer, immediately. You have a constitutional right to speak to your lawyer ...
    • New England Patriots, UMass Football and Gillette Stadium Concert fans are being arrested in record numbers.

      Every week UMass Football fans, New England Patriots fans, and concert goers are arrested at Gillette Stadium and in Foxborough Massachusetts by officers patrolling the stadium, roadways and the surrounding parking lots. There is a large police presence at these events and they are looking for Fake IDs, drunken behavior and DUI’s. You can be issued a trespass order and if you don’t comply you find ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Federal Law

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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 ...
    • Child Pornography Investigations by Homeland Security

      Federal and State officials are cracking down on Possession of Child Pornography and the Distribution of Child Porn by tracking the IP addresses of the users. For over a year a skilled set of investigators have targeted internet Child pornography with great success. Jennifer McKim of The Boston Globe and Boston,com wrote an excellent article on the arrest of Robert Diduca in Massachusetts and the ...

    Firearm LIcense

    The latest posts for Firearm LIcense are listed below.
    • Massachusetts License to Carry a Firearm Denied Due To My Old Criminal Record

      In the last 6 months many Massachusetts Police Officers and others have been denied a renewal of their license to carry a firearm despite the fact that they have had a license to carry for over 30 years in some cases. CJIS ( Criminal Justice Information Services Division) now has gained access to juvenile records in the 1960’s and police officers and others are being denied renewal for crimes that ...

    Harassment

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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 ...

    Mass Criminal Law

    The latest posts for Mass Criminal Law are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Possession of a Fake ID - Loss Of License in Massachusetts

      Every year students will find a way to get their hands on a fake ID that they can use to buy alcohol or gain access to the local nightclub or bar. Every year the police ramp themselves up in college towns across America to find these students and charge them with Being a Minor Purchasing Alcohol and will confiscate these IDs when they make the arrest. Others will find themselves in bars when the ...

    Mass Driving Law

    The latest posts for Mass Driving Law are listed below.
    • Possession of a Fake ID - Loss Of License in Massachusetts

      Every year students will find a way to get their hands on a fake ID that they can use to buy alcohol or gain access to the local nightclub or bar. Every year the police ramp themselves up in college towns across America to find these students and charge them with Being a Minor Purchasing Alcohol and will confiscate these IDs when they make the arrest. Others will find themselves in bars when the ...
    • What Happens If You Get Arrested in Massachusetts

      I was just arrested now what? First, invoke your right to remain silent. Shut up. Do not give any confessions. Do not give any statements. Do not sign anything that even remotely smells like a statement or admission. You have a constitutional right not to make a statement to the police. Second, demand to speak to your lawyer, immediately. You have a constitutional right to speak to your lawyer ...
    • Massachusetts Hardships License

      FIRST OFFENSE OUI HARDSHIP LICENSE APPLICATIONS TO THE REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES The following is information regarding the availability of hardship licenses for people whose OUI cases have been disposed of in court pursuant toMGLc.90,s.24D. Please be advised that this information is being provided solely for the purpose of allowing a defendant to better prepare for their hardship hearing before ...

    Mass Law

    The latest posts for Mass Law are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Possession of a Fake ID - Loss Of License in Massachusetts

      Every year students will find a way to get their hands on a fake ID that they can use to buy alcohol or gain access to the local nightclub or bar. Every year the police ramp themselves up in college towns across America to find these students and charge them with Being a Minor Purchasing Alcohol and will confiscate these IDs when they make the arrest. Others will find themselves in bars when the ...

    Massachusetts Law for College Students

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    News

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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 ...

    Sealing Criminal Record

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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 ...

    Sex Offender

    The latest posts for Sex Offender are listed below.
    • Sexual Assault and the Defense of Consent

      Anyone who watches the news, reads the news, or receives news alerts on their smartphones has probably either heard of or even followed the criminal case involving Bill Cosby . For anyone unfamiliar with the case, Mr. Cosby was charged with three counts of sexual assault. The alleged victim claimed she did not consent to the sexual contact while Mr. Cosby claimed that all the sexual acts were ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Student Drinking

    The latest posts for Student Drinking are listed below.
    • Possession of a Fake ID - Loss Of License in Massachusetts

      Every year students will find a way to get their hands on a fake ID that they can use to buy alcohol or gain access to the local nightclub or bar. Every year the police ramp themselves up in college towns across America to find these students and charge them with Being a Minor Purchasing Alcohol and will confiscate these IDs when they make the arrest. Others will find themselves in bars when the ...
    • What Happens If You Get Arrested in Massachusetts

      I was just arrested now what? First, invoke your right to remain silent. Shut up. Do not give any confessions. Do not give any statements. Do not sign anything that even remotely smells like a statement or admission. You have a constitutional right not to make a statement to the police. Second, demand to speak to your lawyer, immediately. You have a constitutional right to speak to your lawyer ...
    • Massachusetts Hardships License

      FIRST OFFENSE OUI HARDSHIP LICENSE APPLICATIONS TO THE REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES The following is information regarding the availability of hardship licenses for people whose OUI cases have been disposed of in court pursuant toMGLc.90,s.24D. Please be advised that this information is being provided solely for the purpose of allowing a defendant to better prepare for their hardship hearing before ...

    Sweeney & Associates

    The latest posts for Sweeney & Associates are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Pre-Gaming: Students Charged with Possession of a Fake ID, Underage Drinking or Other Criminal Charges.

      Pre-Gaming is the term used for drinking before the game or before you go out for the night. A term used and recognized by high school and college students nationwide and often the pre-cursor to bad things happening including binge drinking, sexual assaults and even death from alcohol poisoning or other accidents related to alcohol use. Finishing high school or starting college is an opportunity ...

    Underage Drinking in Massachusetts

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