In Massachusetts, the purpose
for bail is to ensure a person’s appearance at the next court date. Most people
charged with crimes in Massachusetts are released on their own personal recognizance,
or their promise to appear at the next date. For other people, it is up to the
judge to set the bail amount.
Bail is set by the judge
at the time of arraignment. The arraignment is the first court... Read More
Restraining orders are one of the most misunderstood issues of law in Massachusetts. Most people know someone who has had one and has probably feels that they know something about restraining orders.
Who can get a Restraining Order in Massachusetts?
In order to get a restraining order in Massachusetts, the District court can only issue restraining orders to adults that are either family members, roommates, or who have been in a dating relationship. Parents may seek... Read More
There are two types of trials in Massachusetts. All
defendants are entitled to a jury trial, however they can waive a jury and have
a bench trial.
BENCH TRIAL IN MASSACHUSETTS
A bench trial is a trial without a jury. It is conducted by
a Judge. The judge rules on issues of law and fact. The judge decides all of
the issues in the case as well as imposes a sentence if the... Read More
Massachusetts, like most states has more dispositions than simply guilty or not guilty. Here is a short guide to dispositions in Massachusetts.
are two types of dismissals in Massachusetts dismissals with prejudice and
without prejudice. If a case is dismissed with prejudice the case cannot be
retried. If a case is dismissed without prejudice the case may be reopened. In
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