Scott Bocchio, criminal defense attorney, has served those arrested within the Cambridge, MA area for more than a decade. Our law firm, Your Legal Rights Advocates, has more than 25 years of criminal defense law litigation history. Our attorneys can defend you in your Cambridge, MA criminal case. If you have been caught for Drug Crimes, DUI/OUI, Misdemeanors, and Felonies we can defend you. Our attorneys have vast legal expertise in all drug possession-related cases, we make sure you understand your protections under the law and defend them. If you’ve come to the conclusion that you need to have an attorney to represent you in in the courtroom, call our team. We’ll consult with you and inform you of your rights, represent you in court and argue for the lowest possible criminal sentence. Our legal team of committed criminal attorneys believes you should be afforded all the safeguards the law provides you. We will fight for your protection under the law at all times. Over our years of effective defense law practice, we’ve come to know the law of Massachusetts. Understanding of the law is only the beginning. We integrate this knowledge with a group of attorneys who really care about their client’s futures. We go above and beyond when defending our clients to the best of our abilities. When there are very distinct and strict laws regarding criminal arrests in Cambridge, MA, it is highly recommended you hire an attorney at law who’s practiced in the region for a great deal of time, knowing the intricacies of your city and state’s laws. Our law firm will look at your circumstances and formulate a sound defense strategy. We will advise you throughout your criminal case, all throughout the trial process. We’re here to put your nerves at ease.
Drunk Driving Criminal Defense Lawyer Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts’ General Law Part I Title XIV states: Whoever, upon any way or in any place to which the public has a right of access, or upon any way or in any place to which members of the public have access as invitees or licensees, operates a motor vehicle with a percentage, by weight, of alcohol in their blood eight one-hundredths or greater, or while under the influence of intoxicating liquors, or of marijuana, narcotic drugs, depressants or stimulant substances, all as defined in section one of chapter ninety-four C, or the vapors of glue shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years, or both such fine and imprisonment. It’s clear that the law says, if you drive a motor vehicle on a public street or highway, while under the influence of intoxicating liquors or other substances and/or have a BAC of .08 or higher, you are in violation of the law. You will face criminal liability of up to two and half years in jail and/or a fine anywhere from $500.00-$5,000.00.
If you have been arrested for Breaking & Entering/Home Invasion in or near Cambridge, MA our criminal defense lawyers can defend you.
The common law crime of Burglary or Breaking and Entering may result in a life-altering felony charge in Massachusetts. If the property alleged to have been entered is a dwelling, Breaking and Entering is charged as “Home Invasion” carrying a potential maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison. When your future is at risk, you need a lawyer that knows how to defend you against these charges.
Drug Possession, Sale, and other Drug Crimes.
Individuals knowingly or intentionally possessing any controlled substance without a valid prescription are violating the law in Massachusetts. Up to one year of incarceration and/or up to a $1000.00 fine is the penalty for these crimes in Massachusetts. The fines and amount you spend to defend yourself can vary depending on the substance itself and the amount found on your person. To be found guilty of possession, you must:
You must have actual possession of it, meaning on your person or in your control and have knowledge of the substance.
In Massachusetts, marijuana is now legal if you are 21 or older. That being said, it still cannot be consumed in any form in public or on federal land. You may have up to 1oz on your person and up to 10oz in your home. It is considered illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. Note, you can still be criminally charged for possessing more than 1oz of marijuana on your person. Penalties can be up to one year of jail/prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Also, you should research any additional rules or laws imposed by your employer, landlord, city, and/or town regarding marijuana usage. It is best to check these rules when starting a new job, moving into a new living space, or town to make sure you are not in violation of these policies. If you’ve been stopped and arrested for heroin possession, you can face criminal charges even if you’re not in possession of the heroin. If convicted for knowing of the heroin’s presence, you can face up to one year of incarceration and up to a fine of $1,000. If convicted for heroin possession, you can face up to two years in prison and a fine of no more than $2,000. For repeat offenders, you can face steeper sentences, more years incarcerated and/or steeper fines.
Domestic violence defense in Cambridge, MA
If you have a domestic relationship with someone and an assault occurs, you can be charged with domestic violence. Even if the alleged victim doesn’t want to file charges, prosecutors often do. From misdemeanor to felony charges, domestic violence convictions carry their own criminal penalties. A conviction can also affect your rights to own or possess a firearm, and if you are not a US citizen, your immigration status can be negatively affected as well. Our domestic violence attorneys can competently defend you against all assault and domestic violence allegations.
Criminal Defense of Armed Robbery
Armed Robbery is governed by Massachusetts General Law Part IV Title I Chapter 265 section 17, which states; Whoever, being armed with a dangerous weapon, assaults another and robs, steals or takes from his person, money or other property which may be the subject of larceny shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years. If you have anything that distorts your face (like a mask) on during the robbery, you may face more severe criminal penalties. If certain firearms were used in the robbery, the penalties are even more severe. Unarmed Robbery is governed by Chapter 265 section 19(b), and states; Whoever, not being armed with a dangerous weapon, by force and violence, or by assault and putting in fear, robs, steals, or takes from the person of another, or from his immediate control, money or other property which may be the subject of larceny, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years. Wearing a mask and pointing a shotgun at the cashier while robbing a store (armed robbery) is more serious than stealing a woman’s purse while walking down the street (unarmed robbery). Even so, robberies of any type can result in severe criminal sentences if you’re convicted.