What is Armed Assault to Murder in Massachusetts?
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 […]
What are the Possible Penalties for Drug Trafficking?
If you’re being charged with drug trafficking I am here to help. I have helped dozens of clients with various drug charges, and I will do everything I can to get a desirable outcome for you. Drug trafficking laws penalizes the sale, transportation, and illegal import of controlled substances. Since trafficking in the United States […]
What is Mayhem in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, the criminal charge of mayhem may be brought against someone if they intentionally maim or disfigure another person. This can be cutting out another person’s tongue, destroying someone’s eye, or tearing off another person’s ear. Mayhem is a very particular crime, so it is crucial that you hire an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney […]
Matthew Peterson Named Among Top DUI Attorneys for the Year 2022
I am thrilled to announce that I have been named one of the top DUI attorneys for the year 2022 by expertise.com! Expertise.com researched many DUI attorneys, and I am among the 15 named the best DUI attorneys in Lawrence. The selection criteria consisted of availability, qualifications, reputation, experience, and professionalism. I pride myself […]
What Should I Do if I’m Charged with Violating a Restraining Order?
If you are charged with violating a restraining order, there are defenses that can be argued in court, but hiring a defense attorney is crucial to the success of your case. In most cases, the evidence that someone has violated the terms of a restraining order comes from the testimony of the alleged victim, and […]
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 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 […]
What is Bail in Massachusetts?
On In Massachusetts, bail is a cash amount that must be posted to secure someone’s release from jail while criminal charges are pending. A bail magistrate sets the required cash amount, and once the money is paid, it is handed over to the clerk or jail. If you’re being charged with a crime, you will […]
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 […]