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Can I Be Sued in a Civil Court While Facing Criminal Charges?

Posted on June 3, 2021 in
Yes, you can face civil and criminal charges at the same time in Massachusetts. These are two separate justice systems with separate consequences for defendants. You may face a civil lawsuit against you from the injured victim of your crime at the same time as criminal charges from the government for the crime itself....
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Concludes Message From Defendant’s Instagram Account Was Not Necessarily Written By Him

Posted on June 3, 2020 in
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned a defendant's conviction for violating a restraining order, concluding that the Commonwealth had not proven a message sent to his ex-girlfriend from his Instagram account was written by him.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. McMann.  (more…)
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Dismisses Reckless Endangerment Charge Against Defendant Whose Daughter Ate Suboxone Pill

Posted on May 14, 2020 in
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today concluded that a district court judge had properly dismissed a reckless endangerment charge against a Lakeville man whose daughter had consumed a Suboxone pill.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Costa.  (more…)
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Massachusetts Appeals Court Rules a Non-Motorized Camper Attached to a Truck Constitutes a “Vehicle”

Posted on April 8, 2020 in
The Massachusetts Appeals Court delivered an opinion today concluding that a non-motorized camper qualified as a "vehicle" when it was attached to the defendant's pickup truck.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Davenport. (more…)
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Authorizes Bail Reviews to Thin Out Jail Population in Light of Coronavirus

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday delivered a comprehensive opinion aimed at lowering jail populations in light of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The name of the case is Committee for Public Counsel Services et. al. v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court et. al. (more…)
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