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What rights does one who is accused of a criminal charge have?

When people are charged with a crime in Massachusetts, it is not uncommon for many of them to be unaware of the rights they have. People who are accused have both constitutional and statutory protections in place to ensure their rights are guarded.

Massachusetts has delineated several rights that people who are accused have during a criminal case. When a person is arrested or served with a summons to appear for criminal charges, the arresting officer must inform them of the charges for which they are being arrested. If the officer refuses or lies to them about the charges, the officer may be punished by up to a year in jail or a fine. People who are charged with an offense that could result in a state prison penalty have the right to be proceeded against by indictment unless the district and superior courts both have jurisdiction and the district court retains the case. People also have the right to waive an indictment, and if they do, the court will hold a probable cause hearing unless that is waived as well.

2 Massachusetts men accused of drug, weapons offenses

Two Massachusetts men were facing charges after being taken into police custody following a raid on Oct. 16. The men, 29 years old and 22 years old, were from Stoughton. The raid occurred on Pratts Court near Route 27.

Multiple agencies were reported to have been a part of the raid, which took place at 5:45 a.m. While the authorities were reportedly executing the search warrant, agents allegedly recovered two loaded firearms. The two firearms were identified as a 9mm Ruger pistol and a .40-caliber Glock handgun, the latter of which had been reported stolen. Authorities also reportedly seized heroin and approximately $4,500 in cash.

Police raid leads to charges for heroin trafficking

Two men in Massachusetts were taken into custody on Oct. 3 after authorities allegedly found marijuana, heroin and packaging materials in their Springfield apartment. Police say the 20- and 27-year-old men are both suspected of supplying heroin to gang members and dealing heroin around Western Massachusetts. Before the men were handed the drug charges, their apartment had reportedly been under surveillance by detectives who believed it was being used as a drug distribution center.

According to the police report, during the 9 a.m. raid, police seized 1,432 packages of heroin that were each decorated with a stamp that read "Interstate 91." The report says that cash totaling $3,294 was also seized along with a bulletproof vest, a firearm and 25 rounds of ammunition. Police also say they seized an unknown quantity of marijuana, scales and materials believed to be used for packaging heroin. Following the raid, authorities reportedly found city ordinance violations on the property, and the landlord was instructed to begin eviction proceedings.

How long will I lose my license for OUI in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, individuals suspected of operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol can lose their licenses for varying amounts of time depending on their specific circumstances. Factors of note include the age of a driver as well as the number of prior OUIs on their record, with longer suspensions for individuals under the age of 21. Additionally, individuals who refuse chemical testing may face longer penalties than the 30-day minimum for those whose BAC levels are revealed to be greater than .02 percent.

Drivers who refuse testing are entitled to hearings, but they must appear in court at the Boston branch office of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles no later than 15 days following the initial incident, and they can only challenge chemical testing on a few limited grounds. Motorists who fall between the ages of 18 and 21 may be required to participate in Youth Alcohol Programs regardless of whether they submit to a breath test or not.

Massachusetts couple arrested on drug charges

Massachusetts police executed a search warrant before detaining a man and his girlfriend on Sept. 24 on drug charges. The warrant was executed on the man's residence located on Arch Street in Haverhill. According to sources, he was the second winner in an instant lottery game on Aug. 20. Police and court officials claim that despite the winnings, both individuals were still collecting housing assistance and using EBT cards.

Police allegedly discovered illegal narcotics, weapons and other drug paraphernalia inside the home. The man faces charges that include conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of oxycodone, trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to distribute. His girlfriend was charged with conspiracy to violate a drug law and possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to distribute. Authorities mentioned that charges for growing marijuana may be forthcoming as well.

Man charged for several felonies after drug raid

A Massachusetts man was detained on Sept. 17 after police executed a search warrant to look for drugs at his home in Yarmouth Port. The 27-year-old man was handed several drug charges that included multiple felonies. During the raid, authorities seized alleged marijuana, several different types of pills, $665 in cash, a semi-automatic pistol and a box of ammunition.

The search of the man's home began at 6:15 a.m. and was conducted by Yarmouth narcotics detectives, officers from the Massachusetts State Police Cape Cod Drug Task Force, members of the Cape Cod Regional SWAT Team and officers from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Authorities allegedly found Clonazepam, Amphetamine, Alprazolam and Lorazpem pills. They also seized Suboxone strips and M. Amphet salt capsules.

Woman accused of trying to sell drugs to minors

A Massachusetts woman was taken into police custody on Sept. 9 after she was accused of attempting to sell drugs to underage individuals. The report stated that the 49-year-old woman was ultimately charged with possession and intent to distribute drugs to a minor and drug violation while being near a school or a park.

Authorities were called to a skate park located in Lower Jackson Square in Weymouth after a teenager allegedly told his parents that a woman had tried to sell him pills around 3:30 p.m. Once police officers arrived at the park, a 15-year-old also emphasized these accusations. The woman was said to be persistent even after the teenagers declined.

Massachusetts man who drove Jeep into river suspected of OUI

Police suspect that a man who drove his jeep down a jetty into Parkers River Aug. 31 may have been intoxicated. The incident occurred in Yarmouth in the vicinity of the Red Jacket Inn. The 30-year-old Brewster man was driving a Jeep SUV with a canoe attached to the roof when he drove over an embankment and landed in the water.

According to reports, the Jeep ended up in a position where it was completely submerged, but the boat strapped to the roof appeared to be on top of the water as if it had overturned and was floating. Guests at the inn reported that there had been a boating accident, and workers entered the water to rescue any victims. However, when they reached the boat and tried to upright it, they realized they were standing on top of a vehicle.

MA man may have passed out due to heroin in fatal accident

Easthampton police said a man, 45, is in custody after allegedly hitting a motorcycle while impaired by drugs and killing its riders on Aug. 28. According to a representative of the Northampton District Court, the man faces charges of felony homicide in relation to the crash. He is being held on bail of $100,000.

The accident happened on Route 5 in Easthampton around 3:15 p.m. when the Springfield man, according to police, passed out while driving. Court records said he had used heroin prior to driving. The man swerved into traffic and hit a motorcycle with father and daughter on board. A passenger in the man's van was charged by police with heroin possession and is also in custody on bail of $2,500. The van driver was uninjured in the accident and pleaded not guilty. Additional charges may be filed, police said.

Police accuse man of selling heroin near school zone

Police in Massachusetts have reportedly taken a 26-year-old man into custody for allegedly selling heroin. He is being charged with resisting arrest, violation of a drug-free school zone and possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute. Police say that a search of the defendant's home revealed drug paraphernalia and heroin and that the defendant may have also been in possession of 50 bags of heroin immediately prior to being contacted by authorities.

According to a Springfield Police sergeant, the man had been under surveillance for some time by the department's Narcotics Division. The Springfield District Court authorized a search warrant on his home, and in addition, officers obtained a separate federal warrant for probation violation. The man was taken into custody when investigating officers allegedly observed him selling heroin once again. Officers requested that he be jailed on a $75,000 cash bail due to his past criminal history; the man has a prior conviction on his record for federal drug charges.

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http://www.salernolawoffices.com 877-WORC-LAW Attorney Anthony (Tony) M. Salerno has been involved in the criminal justice system for the past 35 years. Contact the Worcester, Massachusetts lawyer for criminal defense representation.

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