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What is Hearsay?

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In Massachusetts, hearsay is an out-of-court statement by someone, used for the truth of the statement.  It is generally not admissible in court, but there are exceptions. If you have been charged with a crime in the state of Massachusetts, it is critical that you hire an attorney. My name is Matthew Peterson and I […]

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 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 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?

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If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking, it is crucial that you call a drug trafficking 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 […]

What Could Cause a Gun License Suspension?

In Massachusetts, your gun license can be suspended if the licensing authority determines that you may be a threat to public safety. Below are some examples of circumstances that may cause your firearms license to be suspended: Misdemeanor domestic violence or assault arrest; OUI or other alcohol-related offenses arrest; A restraining order; Living in the same […]

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 […]

What are the Possible Penalties for Drug Trafficking?

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If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking, you need an experienced drug trafficking lawyer. I have helped dozens of clients with various drug charges, and I will do everything I can to avoid the penalties for drug trafficking in Massachusetts. Drug trafficking laws penalizes the sale, transportation, and illegal import of controlled substances over a […]

What is Mayhem in Massachusetts?

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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 […]