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Various criminal defense strategies for violent crime charges

Facing a criminal charge for a violent crime in Massachusetts can be overwhelming and frightening. You never know what will come of your case, especially if this is the first time you have been charged with a crime. It's best to examine all of your options in defending your case so you do not risk your freedom. The first place to start is to look at the various criminal defense strategies for violent crime charges.

A common defense strategy for a violent crime is to admit and explain option. This is when you admit to the crime but then explain the situation. This option usually involves some sort of legal justification for the crime that was committed, such as you felt fear for your life or it truly was self defense.

Why shouldn't I represent myself in court?

Being charged with a crime in Franklin, Massachusetts, is just the beginning of a very long battle. Criminal charges come with varying penalties, including fines and prison time, which is why you should never represent yourself in court. Let's take a look at the myriad of reasons why representing yourself in court is never a good idea so you don't make the mistake many have made in the past.

If you choose to represent yourself in court your emotions could very well cloud your arguments. You will likely be very emotional since you are directly involved in the issue. These emotions could spill over into the arguments you make and how you make them. Your emotions could also cause you to speak rudely or out of turn without even realizing it.

All about juvenile crimes in Massachusetts

The juvenile justice system is in place in Massachusetts and throughout the country in an effort to help minors avoid being treated as adults. Many crimes committed by minors are just that, minor. They are not serious enough to warrant charges as an adult, which could put them at a disadvantage early on in life.

There is actually a limit as to the age of a juvenile. For the most part, juveniles cannot be charged if they are under the age of 7. Despite this, the parents of the juvenile could be held liable for the crime. The most prime ages for juvenile court are subjects between 7 and 15.

Your rights regarding recreational marijuana

Throughout the history of our country, lawmakers have been attempting to regulate recreational substances such as alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. There have even been attempts to outlaw sugar and other substances you probably take for granted in your home.

While medical science expounds the benefits of marijuana for the pain relief and comfort of those suffering from chronic or terminal illnesses, lawmakers hesitated to open the doors to legalizing a substance that has long associated with rebellion. Nevertheless, if you live in Massachusetts, you now enjoy the freedom of using marijuana for recreation in your home. However, it is important to understand the laws surrounding its use to avoid legal trouble.

Explaining violent crimes in Massachusetts

Violent crimes can happen anywhere in Massachusetts. It doesn't matter how strong the law enforcement presence is in an area, these crimes will still be committed by those willing to risk it all. There is a big different between a violent crime and a nonviolent crime. In today's post, we will discuss the various violent crimes that are recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

One thing to remember here is that not all violent crimes actually need to have violence involved in them. A violent crime can still be considered violent even if there is simply the threat of violence involved in the commission of the crime. One such crime is assault. This crime usually involves the threat of violence or force. Someone accused of assault does not need to actually hurt the victim in order to be convicted of the crime.

Officer hurt in crash involving suspected drunk driver

A suspected drugged and drunk driver has been arrested following a crash that led to an officer suffering injuries. The woman, from Milford, is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in an early-morning accident on Thursday, May 3. The suspect, 22, has been charged with eight crimes in relation to the accident, according to a news report out of Boston.

The woman was held on a violation of probation. She already has a very long driving record at the young age of 22. There were no details made available about the probation violation that she was held on after the accident.

Can adults be charged in connection with a juvenile crime?

We all know that there are two categories of charges when it comes to committing a crime. People can be charged as adults and people can be charged as juveniles. It all depends on the age of the person who committed the crime, the severity of the crime and the laws of Massachusetts regarding the crime committed. But, what if an adult was involved in the commission of a crime with a juvenile? How is this handled?

When an adult helps a juvenile commit a juvenile delinquency act, he or she can be charged with the crime of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (CDM). The most common time this type of charge is levied against an adult is when he or she provides alcohol to minors or aides them in one way or another to obtain alcohol.

Spotting the signs of domestic violence

Domestic violence is an all-too-common problem throughout Massachusetts. You might never know who around you is suffering from some sort of domestic violence or abuse. Abuse isn't just physical. It can also be emotional abuse, which is very difficult to spot. Here are some tips for spotting the signs of domestic violence so you know what to look for in family, friends and colleagues.

The most common sign of a relationship that could endure domestic violence is when control is a factor. For example, if one spouse tries to control who the other spouse talks to, goes out with or visits with, violence could find its way into the relationship.

Are you fully aware of OUI laws in Massachusetts?

Whether you've been driving in Massachusetts for a short time or have carried a valid driver's license here for years, you and all other motorists are obligated to adhere to existing traffic laws and safety regulations every time you (or they) get behind the wheel of a car to drive. Police officers help keep travelers safe; however, if one happens to suspect you of a criminal offense while driving, he or she can also make your life take a turn for the worse. 

For instance, if you drink a beer, drive somewhere, and a police officer pulls you over for speeding and smells the beer on your breath, he or she may pursue the matter further by asking you to take a field sobriety or preliminary alcohol-screening test. Do you know your rights? Regarding possible OUI charges, the more you understand ahead of time, the better.   

How a criminal defense attorney can help you

If you are facing a criminal charge in Franklin, Massachusetts, you are likely scared. Even if this isn't the first time you've been charged with a crime, you might still be stressed and overwhelmed. You likely don't know what to do next or where to turn. That's why it is in your best interest to work with a criminal defense attorney who knows the laws.

The biggest benefit of working with a defense attorney is that he or she knows the laws of the state and the court system. They've practiced here before, know the judges and prosecutors and know the filing deadlines. They know what it's like to speak in front of certain judges and how to negotiate deals with prosecutors.

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