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  • How to Cope When a Loved One is Charged with a Crime

    Having a loved one charged with a crime often comes out of the blue. Maybe a loved one was driving home after having a few drinks at a bar and you get a call at 2am saying they need you to bail them out of jail. In other instances, they get arrested and you get a call from an attorney at the courthouse letting you know they are in custody. Another not uncommon phone call we get is from a parent ...
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  • The Dangers of Internet Encounters

    We have received many calls from both men and women who met someone online, then met them in person, and after trying to break off the relationship whether it was after a first date or lengthy relationship, found themselves on the receiving end of some frightening behavior. You may encounter someone who is constantly calling or texting you, showing up uninvited at your house or work, or sending ...
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  • Possible Criminal Case Results in Massachusetts

    The law is not black and white- guilty or not guilty. In many cases there is an in-between way to resolve different types of criminal charges. Every case is different and the options of resolving your case are different. Dismissals Cases can be dismissed in certain circumstances. If your case is dismissed that means you are no longer facing charges. For less serious charges like Operating on a ...
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  • Peeping Toms, Upskirting, and the Punishment for Recording Someone

    At Sweeney & Associates we have seen a steady increase in people charged with voyeur related crimes over the past several years. While this can be attributed to a number of different reasons, it is likely because it is now much easier to record someone without their knowledge. Peeping Tom and Upskirting cases are the most common voyeur crimes we represent people against and are criminalized in ...
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  • Negligent Operation and Drunk Driving

    Charges of Operating Under the Influence (OUI) and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle often go hand-in-hand. It is rare for us to see a criminal case where someone was charged with Operating Under the Influence, but not charged with Negligent Operation. There were two reasons these charges always went together: (1) the arresting officer assumed that if you were driving while under the ...
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  • Operation Playpen: The court weighs in on whether the FBI was right to run a child pornography website

    In February 2015, the FBI obtained a warrant that gave them permission to seize the Playpen website. Playpen was a child pornography website where users could download, trade, and view child pornography . The website also had discussion forums where users could discuss topics such as techniques to avoid law enforcement or how to groom children. Once the FBI got the warrant, they ran the website ...
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  • Learner’s Permit Violations

    Getting your learner’s permit is a rite of passage but what happens when you don’t abide by the specific conditions associated with it? You could end up facing criminal charges for driving without a license and your learner’s permit could be suspended. Not only that, your passenger may also be at risk for criminal charges or having their license suspended. Rules of Your Learner’s Permit When ...
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  • Do I Need an Attorney If I’m Guilty?

    Many people don’t hire a good lawyer because they tell us “I did it so what can I do now?” Why should I spend the money on a good lawyer if I can’t win? The answer is A LOT! Depending upon the charges you face a good lawyer can get some charges reduced or even dropped in what is called “plea negotiations.” In other cases the sentencing range is vast and involves jail time. In these cases you want ...
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  • How To Stay Out Of Trouble On A Holiday

    Most holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends and share a drink. Especially if it’s a holiday with a parade! Some people, however, often have a little too much fun when they’ve been drinking all day. A good time can quickly get out of hand and you can end up being arrested and facing criminal charges. There are certain things you can do though to keep yourself and those ...
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  • What's the Difference Between Criminal and Civil Harassment under Massachusetts Law?

    There are two different kinds of harassment in Massachusetts. There is criminal harassment and civil harassment . A conviction for Criminal Harassment is punishable by up to 2.5 years in the house of correction or up to 10 years in state prison . A person complaining of civil harassment can obtain a Harassment Prevention Order . The order is civil in nature but a violation of a Harassment ...
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  • What 2019 May Bring for Massachusetts Marijuana Laws & Regulations

    In 2016, Massachusetts voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana. In particular, it is legal to have one ounce of recreational marijuana on your person, and up to 10 ounces in your home. The cannabis industry does not sprout up overnight, though. Now that 2019 is here, how Massachusetts will regulate its cannabis industry and refine its marijuana laws is looking clearer. What ...
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  • Attorney Richard Sweeney Talks His Legal Career & Police Background During Radio Show

    Attorney Richard Sweeney is a criminal defense lawyer with 20 years of experience as a former sergeant of the Boston Police Department. Furthermore, he spent five of those years on the drug unit, which has given him unparalleled insight into how drug cases and prosecutions tend to function. To discuss his impressive history, Attorney Sweeney was recently featured on a radio show , Crosscheck: ...
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  • Rape: Definitions, Penalties, and Collateral Consequences

    One of the most difficult charges to explain to family and friends is when you are charged with Rape . We have MANY clients who were either out on a date or in a relationship that went bad and now have found themselves charged with this crime for what they deemed to be consensual sex. There is a stigma surrounding anyone accused of Rape which can lead to strain on your relationships with family ...
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  • Criminal Justice Reform Part III: Changes to Conditions of Probation and Violations of Probation

    The Criminal Justice Reform Act not only focused on changing the criminal laws and getting rid of mandatory minimum sentences, but it also made changes that will benefit those on probation. Many people struggle while on probation - whether it is because they cannot afford their probation fees, because they suffer from substance abuse or alcohol issues, or because they simply cannot stay out of ...
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  • Massachusetts 2018 Criminal Justice Reform Act Changes the Penalties in Mass OUI Laws

    The legislature recently amended several statutes in an effort to reform the criminal justice system in Massachusetts. Aside from changes to the OUI laws, most of the reforms will have a positive impact on individuals facing certain criminal charges . We will address all the changes in subsequent blogs. Changes to OUI Laws The one area that saw an increase in penalties was related to a SUBSEQUENT ...
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