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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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  • 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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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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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, ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Mass Motor Vehicle Laws, Ticket Appeals, Driver's License Suspensions and Fake IDs

    APPEAL THE TICKET and call Sweeney & Associates at (617) 300-0212 for a free consultation. TIME MATTERS! Massachusetts has enhanced the penalties for speeding and for Junior operators receiving any motor vehicle citation. YOUR CHILD NOW FACES A LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR A SPEEDING TICKET OR FOR HAVING A FAKE ID. (SEE MY BLOG BELOW FOR DETAILED INFO ON FAKE ID’S IN MASSACHUSETTS! Every parent and ...
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  • Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry

    Megan’s Law is the term commonly used to describe state laws requiring convicted sex offenders, or people who are tagged as sexually deviant based upon prior convictions, to register themselves with a statewide board as sexually deviant. What is the sex offender registry board? The sex offender registry board is the panel which must decide in which of the three categories of sexually deviant ...
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  • Drug Crimes in Massachusetts - CEO or Student it's a Big Problem!

    It’s not just drug dealers that get arrested for drug crimes. All too often students, professionals, housewives, doctors, lawyers, firefighters, police officers and others find themselves stopped by police and are in possession of an illegal narcotic. For some it started as a bad back whose pain became overwhelming and for others it is a recreational drug that they are holding at the wrong time in ...
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  • 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 ...
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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 ...
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