Attorney Matthew W. Peterson Selected as a 2022 Super Lawyers Rising Star
I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the year 2022! Super Lawyers selects attorneys for this honor using a patented, multiphase selection process involving nominations, independent research on the nominated attorney, and peer evaluation. Verdicts, pro bono and community service, and experience, are just a […]
What is Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) in Massachusetts?
In 1998, the Massachusetts State Legislature enacted the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). Under this statute, a person who possesses a firearm who has previously been convicted of a “violent crime” or “a serious drug offense” will receive additional prison time. The firearm offenses that trigger the ACCA apply to possession of firearm without a […]
What is Witness Intimidation in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, witness intimidation is when someone intentionally tries to influence a witness in order to interfere with a criminal investigation, criminal trial, or other criminal proceeding. The attempted persuasion by the defendant may have occurred through one of the following: threats, caused physical injury, emotional injury, or economic injury to, caused property damage to, […]
What is Pretrial Probation in Massachusetts?
Pretrial probation in Massachusetts is a way to get your pending criminal charge dismissed. This is also called a general continuance. Whether you are approved for pretrial probation depends on what the prosecutor assigned to your case decides. Pretrial probation is fairly difficult to obtain, but if you do, it is a great position to […]
Do I Need an Attorney for a Clerk Magistrate Hearing?
If you’ve received a notice for a clerk magistrate hearing, it may be intimidating. You may wonder what this means and how to fight the charges. A criminal defense attorney can help defend you in your clerk magistrate hearing. Call or text me today at (617) 295-7500, and let’s get started on your defense. What […]
Can I File for Adjustment of Status if I’ve Been Arrested?
If you have been arrested and/or have been charged with a crime, you may still apply for adjustment of status. However, an arrest could seriously complicate your adjustment of status application. If you have been arrested and you’re looking to get a Green Card, you should hire an immigration attorney to help. Depending on what […]
What Documents Do I Need to File Adjustment of Status?
An adjustment of status (or I-485) is the process of applying for lawful permanent resident status in the United States, this is also known as applying for a Green Card. Applying for adjustment of status requires many different types of documents. If you’re thinking of applying for adjustment of status, you should consult with an […]
Is Domestic Violence a Felony in Massachusetts?
Domestic violence can be a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances. In Massachusetts, domestic violence cases are often charged as assault and battery on a family or household member. The defendant’s criminal history and background will need to be examined in order to detect areas that may work in his or her favor. […]
Why You Should Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney as Soon as Possible
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, even before the arraignment. An arraignment will be your first court appearance, and is when the charges against you will be read. This is also when you will be asked how you are going to […]