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Lawyer Up, Please!

Having practiced criminal defense since 1988, I’ve developed some solid insights over the years based not only on my experience, but also that of my colleagues.  Generally, in my opinion there are very few “absolutes” when it comes to evaluating decisions to be made in interacting with law enforcement.  I made this point in an […]

Supreme Court Restricts Police

The Supreme Court handed down an important Fourth Amendment decision yesterday in Rodriguez v. United States, prohibiting police from extending the duration of a traffic stop without reasonable suspicion, even for a very small amount of time, for reasons unrelated to vehicle and driver safety. It’s reassuring that the “Roberts” Court, known for its conservative […]

The Breath Test Dilemma

  One aspect of Massachusetts criminal law that can sometimes affect the lives of decent, otherwise law-abiding citizens pertains to “operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor” (OUI).  A question criminal defense attorneys are asked all the time is: “If I ever get busted for OUI (‘drunk driving’) should I take a breath test?” First […]