Being accused of, or charged with, committing a violent crime is arguably the most traumatic event a person can face. Such charges put not just your freedom, but also your entire way of life, at risk. You will want to do everything possible to fight these charges.
Assault and assault and battery are both examples of violent crimes, but they are two distinct and separate offenses in the eyes of the law. Those with little or no experience in the legal system often confuse the two crimes. However, if you are facing either of these charges, it is critical to know the differences between them. This ensures that you take the proper steps to mount a solid defense.
Like all other states, Massachusetts takes a serious approach to violent crimes, including domestic assault, abuse and violence in general. In the interest of protecting other residents and the community at large, courts and judges work to keep some violent offenders away from the public. However, getting out on bail is possible in some domestic violence cases.
Just a few days ago, a young Massachusetts woman was attacked while jogging on Boston's Esplanade. A short while later, a state police officer apprehended a 37-year-old man and took him into custody. There is little doubt in the minds of law enforcement that the defendant committed the attack. However, mental illness may be a factor in the violent crime.
Murder, or homicide, is one of the oldest violent crimes in recorded history. Violent deaths continue to occur even in this more enlightened era of mankind. In fact, lawmakers have tried to deal with violent deaths by breaking them down into several categories.
Many defendants enter the Massachusetts criminal justice system without much legal knowledge about the violent crimes surrounding their arrests. As such, they are vulnerable to unfair treatment in the court as well as civil rights violations. Having a defense attorney represent and protect your interests during all legal proceedings can help you avoid these pitfalls.
When it comes to the most serious violent crimes -- those that result in the loss of life -- the language surrounding these offenses may confuse defendants. While all allegations involving violent crimes require a serious approach to defense, it is important for defendants to understand exactly what the charges against them mean. The following sections include brief overviews of three serious charges: murder, manslaughter and voluntary manslaughter.
Most Americans agree that the Miranda warning is a simple yet valuable concept that can protect them from aggressive interrogation techniques. However, many people arrested or questioned in connection with violent crimes do not exercise their Miranda rights effectively.
A young man in Massachusetts is in jail after allegedly getting in a fight with police officers while he had a gun. It does not appear that anyone was shot.
Living in Massachusetts can be one of the most enjoyable states in which to reside. It doesn't come without responsibilities, though, and penalties when the law is broken. Like all other states, Massachusetts has violent crime laws in place to not only prevent them from happening but also to penalize those who commit such offenses. Today, we will take a look at the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission.