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I became an attorney because I wanted to help people – whether it’s as big as protecting their constitutional rights or as simple as a dispute with a neighbor. I wanted to use my experience and education in the legal system to help people navigate the process. The criminal justice system can be both stressful […]

What is Assault in Massachusetts?

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If you’ve been charged with assault in the state of Massachusetts, it is in your best interest to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as you receive your court summons. If convicted of assault, you could spend time in the state correctional facility or be made to pay a fine. You can either receive […]

What Does it Mean to “Press Charges” in Massachusetts?

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My name is Matthew W. Peterson and I am a criminal defense, family, firearms, and immigration attorney based in Boston. While I have been working in the legal field for many years now, I know the criminal justice system is anything but intuitive. Being involved in the system can be stressful, overwhelming, and confusing at […]

What is Resisting Arrest in Massachusetts?

What is resisting arrest in Massachusetts?

If you or someone you know has been charged with resisting arrest in the state of Massachusetts, it is critical to hire a criminal defense attorney. This is a serious charge, and you could be facing a fine or even jail time if convicted. I have many years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, […]

What is a Dangerousness (58A) Hearing in Massachusetts?

I take on criminal defense cases all over the Boston area, and have many years of experience as a defense attorney and have handles dozens of dangerousness hearings. I commit to fighting for all of my clients because I know that the decisions we make together involving your case will have a great impact on […]

What is Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Massachusetts?

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In Massachusetts, leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense that could result in jail time and/or fines, as well as suspension of your driver’s license. If you are charged with this crime, it’s in your best interest to hire an attorney before you appear in court. I take on defense cases all […]

What is Armed Assault with Intent to Rob in Massachusetts?

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Armed assault with intent to rob in Massachusetts carries serious time in prison.  It involves accusations of being armed with a dangerous weapon and attempting rob someone. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts takes violent crimes very seriously. Many violent crimes have mandatory minimum sentences if you’re convicted, so it is crucial to hire a criminal defense […]

What is Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle?

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  In Massachusetts, the charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle can even be punishable by time in the House of Correction. It is crucial to hire a skilled attorney to help defend you in court to give you the best chance of a desirable outcome. What is Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle? […]

What is Discovery in a Criminal Case?

In a criminal case, discovery is the process of obtaining evidence that the other side may use during trial. Both the defense and prosecution will receive copies of all the evidence that the other side has for the case. This is each sides’ opportunity to look through all of the evidence the opposing side has. […]

What is Armed Assault to Murder in Massachusetts?

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In Massachusetts, armed assault with intent to murder is when someone assaults another individual while armed, with the intent to kill them. The crime of armed assault to murder is taken extremely seriously in Massachusetts. If you are charged with that crime, it is extremely important that you hire a criminal defense attorney who has […]