I am in Lynn District Court for three cases; a OUI/DUI case, a drug case and a probation violation hearing.
In April, 2013 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) decided four cases that either changed and/or clarified the laws regarding marijuana in Massachusetts. The ruling by the state's highest court were a much needed step to better define the laws after voters decriminalized the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana in 2008. In Commonwealth [...]
In 2010, The United States Supreme Court held in the landmark decision of Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S.Ct. 1473 (2010) that defense attorneys must inform non-citizen clients the risks of deportation arising from guilty pleas. After this decision the real question became is the ruling retroactive? The US Supreme Court did not answer this important [...]
First chemist Annie Dookhan, and now chemist Sonja Farak is facing criminal charges for not properly handling drugs that were to be analyzed and stored at their Boston-area laboratories. These are not just drugs, it is evidence that will likely be used during court proceedings, whether it be a motion hearing or at trial. Sure, many think that it is just good that the drugs are [...]