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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 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 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 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 is a Restraining Order?

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If you are considering filing a restraining order, you need an experienced attorney to help, because you may need to appear in court for a hearing. While you can file for a restraining order yourself, if you feel that you are being harassed, stalked, or abused, that is an extremely serious matter. Having an attorney who knows […]