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

What does it mean to press charges in MA?

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?

leaving the scene of an accident

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?

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?

negligent operation of a motor vehicle

  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? […]

Matthew Peterson Named Among the 2023 Massachusetts Rising Stars by “Super Lawyers”

I am thrilled to announce that I have been named among this year’s rising stars in the state of Massachusetts by “Super Lawyers”. Super Lawyers is a website intended to give ratings for attorneys and law offices all over the country by taking into account peer recognition, customer satisfaction, and professional achievements within their practice […]

What Happens if I Lose at a Clerk’s Hearing in Massachusetts?

Generally in Massachusetts, if you are charged with a misdemeanor and are not arrested, you will receive a notice in the mail that you must attend a Clerk’s Hearing. While the procedure for a Clerk’s Hearing differs from court to court, most of the time either an officer or another witness will testify during the […]

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 are Possible Defenses for a Drug Trafficking Charge?

If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking, it is crucial that you call a defense attorney as soon as possible. Drug trafficking is a serious offense, and a conviction could result in jail time, including mandatory minimum sentences, and fines. I take on criminal defense cases in all Massachusetts courts, so call or text me today […]