Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson Gets NOT GUILTY in Multiple Attempted Murder Cases

     In May 2018, the Law Office of Matthew Peterson, a criminal defense attorney, secured a NOT GUILTY verdict  for our client charged with four counts of attempted murder, one count of discharging a gun into an occupied building, and one count of discharging a gun into an unoccupied building.  If convicted, our client was […]

What is Bail in Massachusetts?

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In Massachusetts, bail must be posted to secure someone’s release while criminal charges are pending.  It’s a cash amount given to the clerk or to the jail. If you’re being charged with a crime, you will generally be taken before either a judge or bail commissioner to set bail. Your bail may be set as […]

What is a Felony in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, “felony” has a simple definition, but the application can be complicated. Any crime that can result in time in state prison is by definition a felony in Massachusetts. However, many felonies in Massachusetts can be punished either by state prison time or house of corrections. This will depend on whether the case is […]

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Restraining Order in Massachusetts?

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, If you’re looking to file a restraining order or defend against a restraining order, you need a lawyer to represent you.  A restraining order lawyer can protect your rights. A restraining order is a court order prohibiting one person from contacting another person, abusing them, and coming near them, along with many other possible […]

How Do I Get Someone Out of Jail in Massachusetts?

The process to get someone out of jail in Massachusetts depends on the charges and the bail.  It can require financial resources. If you or a family member are stuck in jail, getting free is critical. Not only does it help you maintain your job and be with your family, but it can also help […]

What Are the Penalties for Drug Possession in Massachusetts?

The penalties for drug possession in Massachusetts depend on a variety of factors, such as your record and the charges. Simple possession of a controlled substance in Massachusetts is a serious offense that requires an experienced drug possession defense attorney. The penalties depend on your record and the drug you’re accused of possessing. Remember that […]

What are the Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License?

The penalties for driving with a suspended license are generally minor.  If your license was suspended for OUI, this may be more serious. If your driver’s license is suspended and you’re caught driving, this can mean anything from jail time to a fine. The charge is operating with a suspended license and is sometimes called […]

What is Bail Review in Massachusetts?

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Bail review in Massachusetts is the process where the superior court reviews the bail set by the district court. If the district court set a bail you cannot afford, you have the right to go to superior court for bail review. At a bail review hearing, the superior court will review all of the documents […]

What is a Bail Revocation in Massachusetts?

Bail revocation can happen if you are arrested for a new case while you’re out on release for another case.  You can be held in jail for up to ninety days. If you’ve been released on bail on a criminal charge and you’re arrested for something new, your bail could be revoked. This means that […]