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Twenty Gun Charges – Not Guilty All Around

We recently wrapped up a nice win in the Salem District Court.  Our client is a constable in several North Shore towns, and set out to create a professional constable agency.  He read the laws, consulted with law enforcement officials, and created policies for the office.   Our client obtained several guns from out of

I’m not answering any questions until my lawyer gets here

“I’m not answering any questions until my lawyer gets here.” I’ve had many clients – including several innocent people – get themselves into trouble by talking with the police. If you’re a suspect, there’s almost never a good reason to agree to a police interview. You’re never going to talk your way out of a

March 2017 Case Results

At Simons Law Office, we routinely achieve successful outcomes for clients facing criminal charges. Below are a few highlights from March 2017. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Attorney Sara Attarchi represented two clients in the Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal Court. First, Attorney Attarchi convinced a clerk magistrate to find our client Not Responsible for

Breathalyzer Test Results Thrown Out

Draeger Alcotest 9510 Breathalyzer Results Thrown Out in Massachusetts On February 16, 2017, Judge Robert Brennan issued a 33-page memorandum that will directly affect OUI cases across Massachusetts.  The litigation was the result of 595 consolidated cases, where defendants sought to suppress the results of their breathalyzer tests from being introduced at trial.  Over the

Parental Discipline – MA Criminal Defense Attorney

In Massachusetts, there is a defense to assault and battery charges known as the “Parental Discipline Defense.” It is recognized by courts in certain circumstances. The defense can be used by biological parents, stepparents, and guardians. Before delving into the Parental Discipline Defense, let me state the obvious: this is not a parenting advice blog. I’m

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney for Bail Arguments

When someone is charged with a crime, the first court appearance is usually called the Arraignment. The person is formally charged, and almost always enters a plea of “Not Guilty.” For some low level charges, that’s it, and you walk out of the courthouse until the next date. However, for any serious criminal charges, there

Supreme Judicial Court: Black Men May Have Legitimate Reason to Run From Boston Police

A Supreme Judicial Court ruling that came out yesterday states that “black males in Boston are disproportionately and repeatedly targeted for [police] encounters [which] suggests a reason for flight totally unrelated to consciousness of guilt.”  In the case, Commonwealth v. Jimmy Warren, the Boston Police were dispatched to find suspects who were described as three black males wearing dark clothing

Celebrating Freedom and the Fourth of July

As Independence Day approaches, I am especially grateful for my freedom. We are incredibly fortunate to live in America where we have the freedom to pursue our dreams, live in peace, and do just about anything we want – within the bounds of our laws. When you’re accused of a crime, that all changes. Your life

Terminating Probation Early

People can be sentenced to probation as a consequence for pleading guilty to a crime or after a conviction at trial. Sometimes probation occurs after a prison sentence and other times probation is the sentence instead of jail. Either way, it is the same thing: a probation officer monitors you for a set period of

Texting and Driving in MA

According to a recent Boston Globe article, texting and driving citations are on the rise. In 2015, police wrote over 6,000 tickets, and that number has been growing every year since the law went into effect. It will likely keep growing for the foreseeable future, as more and more people use texting and other messaging

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