When news of a Massachusetts criminal arrest reaches the public, the reaction can be very severe. People have a tendency to forget that the initial report surrounding an alleged crime is often very one-sided, and almost never includes the perspective of the accused individual. In many cases, those who face serious criminal charges begin to feel negative effects of those allegations long before the matter reaches a court of law.
The criminal defense for a former Massachusetts chemist has recently requested leniency in the woman's case. The chemist faces charges of tampering with numerous drug tests at a Massachusetts crime lab. Her criminal defense is requesting leniency based on the fact that the chemist has already suffered severely because of her accused involvement in the scandal.
A 32-year-old voice coach has been accused of having sexual relations with his 14-year-old student and impregnating her. The voice teacher is currently in jail on $50,000 cash bond after his arrest. Prosecutors have stated that if the Massachusetts man is convicted, he will be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison.
Allegations of a recent domestic dispute led to Massachusetts authorities claiming they had no choice but to Taser a man twice when he supposedly resisted their attempts to take him into custody. They have now charged the man with domestic assault, assault and battery and resisting arrest. The 48-year-old man facing these accusations was set to be arraigned at the District Court in Holyoke in mid-June.
Being arrested is often stressful for the average Massachusetts citizen, especially when they are engaged in everyday activities like hanging out at a local bar. Recently, one 26-year-old man found this out firsthand after facing an arrest by Northampton police officials. His arrest became relatively infamous when someone who videotaped the incident also posted it on the Internet.
Whenever average Massachusetts citizens find themselves facing criminal charges, the entire legal process can seem scary and intimidating. The truth is, however, that those who educate themselves on the criminal charges they face along with potential penalties sometimes find it a less stressful situation to deal with. Knowledge often feels like power. Understanding both the extent of allegations along with possible sentences can make an accused individual feel more certain as they prepare a criminal defense against such charges.
A Massachusetts mother charged in a car accident that killed her son has been charged with reckless endangerment of a child and motor vehicle manslaughter. The woman will now face several additional criminal charges. Authorities say the accident killed her 3-year-old son and injured two more of her children when she crashed into parked cars after speeding away from the scene of a hit and run accident. The children, ages seven, five, and three were apparently not properly restrained which could result in further criminal charges. Her fourth child was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Recently, a Massachusetts man was accused of committing sexual exploitation of a child in connection with purportedly inducing the child to producing pornography. The 51-year-old man was accused of these federal criminal charges after authorities accused him of engaging in an inappropriate online relationship with a child, although no details were released regarding the child's age or gender. Reports indicate that the man came into contact with the child on a website, but then exchanged email addresses with the child.
A Massachusetts paramedic that pleaded guilty in Aug. 2012 to possessing child pornography now faces additional legal problems related to his conviction. The criminal case grew out of a police investigation that commenced in 2009. A search warrant executed at the home of a 24-year-old man and resulted in his arrest. He was subsequently indicted on 58 counts.
It is important to understand and respect an individual's rights when they are facing assault or battery criminal charges, no matter how serious the offense. In some cases, charges of assault can come before evidence is appropriately gathered and witnesses have been properly interviewed, meaning a person may find themselves accused of a terrible crime before all the necessary facts are known. Those involved in the criminal justice system must proceed with patience and care to ensure the rights of the accused are protected.