Today I'm in Malden District Court for two cases - one involving trafficking of a Class B drug and the other for operating a motor vehicle after suspension due to OUI/DUI.
Today, I've been in Lynn District Court for cases involving possession of drugs, distribution of drugs, destruction to a motor vehicle, assault & battery on a child and assault & battery.
Busy day today, I'm in Salem District Court for a Violation of Probation hearing and a case involving distribution of a class D drug in a school zone. Then over to Lynn District Court for an arraignment on a possession of class B drug and another arraignment on a possession with intent to distribute a [...]
Today, I was in Woburn Superior Court for a motion to dismiss on a drug case.
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 [...]