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Blog Posts in 2018

  • 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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  • Massachusetts Law on Indecent Assault & Battery

    In Massachusetts there are many different ways you can be charged with Indecent Assault & Battery . The charge you face will depend on the age of the victim , the circumstances of the crime , and whether it is your first offense or a subsequent offense . The types of punishment and defenses available to you will also depend on which charge you are facing. What is an indecent assault and battery? ...
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  • Probation Violations in District Court

    Your criminal case is now over either because you entered into a plea agreement or because you were found guilty after trial. The court has placed you on probation and gives you conditions that you have to follow while on probation. The last thing you want to receive is a Notice of Probation Violation and Hearing. There are many different kinds of probation violations . Some are taken more serious ...
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  • Modifications of Divorce Agreements in Massachusetts Family Courts

    Most people hope that after months and sometimes years of arguing in court over issues involving a division of assets, custody of children, child support, and alimony, that once the court allows your Separation Agreement or enters an order after a divorce trial, that you will never need to go back to court again. Unfortunately, this is unlikely. Former spouses and unmarried parents often find ...
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  • Massachusetts Habitual Traffic Offender Suspensions

    Massachusetts Habitual Traffic Offender In Massachusetts, your license can be suspended for multiple traffic violations or for being a habitual traffic offender. A simple guide is as follows: Three Speeding Tickets: Getting three speeding tickets within a 12 month period (not a calendar year) results in a mandatory 30-day suspension under MGL c.90, s.20. This 12-month period is determined based on ...
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  • Defense Against Child Pornography Charges

    Facing child pornography charges can be devastating to you, your family, and career . This type of charge often brings with it shame and embarrassment. At Sweeney & Associates, we have represented adults and juveniles , women and men , husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and brothers and sisters who have been charged with child pornography related offenses . If you have been charged in a ...
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    You made the decision to divorce your spouse but your income is far less than your spouse’s income. Your first question will most likely be: will the court give me alimony ? Alimony can be one of the most contested issues in a divorce because there is no set way to calculate it like there is for child support. When calculating child support, the court often relies on the Child Support Guidelines ...
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  • Amicable Divorces

    Have you and your spouse decided to divorce but want to do it in an amicable manner? There is no one size fits all when it comes to divorce because every couple is different and the issues affecting every couple are individual to them. At Sweeney & Associates, we can help you through the divorce process in the manner most conducive to your needs. Divorce does not have to be contentious, litigious, ...
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  • Unexpected Consequence of Operating Under the Influence

    Red and blue flashing lights are seen in your review mirror. You put your blinker on and pull to the right side of the road, park your car, and wait for the officer to approach your window. In your mind, you play back how many drinks you had that night and whether the officer will notice the smell of alcohol on your breath. You roll down your window, the officer notes your red glassy eyes and an ...
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  • Fun Facts about Trafficking and Other Drug Crime in Massachusetts

    Whether you are charged with Trafficking, Possession with Intent to Distribute, a School Zone Violation, or Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws , we can help you. Most drug arrests come from observations made by the police, confidential informants, hand to hand sales, and search warrants. When it comes to drug crimes, the charge and possible punishment you face will primarily depend on: the class ...
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