Scott Bocchio, criminal defense attorney at law, has served those charged with a crime near the Newton, MA area for more than a decade. Your Legal Rights Advocates has more than a quarter century of criminal defense law court room experience. Our criminal defense legal team can represent and defend you in your Newton, MA criminal matter. If you are arrested for criminal allegations in the Newton, MA area, we have the know-how to defend your rights and secure your liberty. We focus on your defense, irrespective of the criminal offense you’ve been arrested for. Our law firm is skilled in the intricacies of DUI, OUI, and drug possession laws. We know your legal rights under Massachusetts law and will work to defend them.If you have been arrested for one of these crimes, contact our office as soon as you can. We suggest you call or email one of our attorneys as soon as you can, the quicker you retain a lawyer the quicker we can start defending your protection under the law. Our team of committed criminal attorneys is convinced you should be afforded all the protection the law allows you. We will fight for your legal rights at all times. As attorneys, our team is competent defending our clients Massachusetts criminal laws. We invest our expertise in protecting our clients. You should have the best defense conceivable, and we pride ourselves in providing it. We go above and beyond when representing our clients to the best of our abilities. After serving the Newton, MA area for many years, we know the local laws and state laws you may be charged under. As defense lawyers, we look at your charges and create a specific defense response to answer the charges you are facing. We will advise you throughout your criminal case, all throughout the trial process. We’re here to defend your rights and liberties.
Drunk Driving Criminal Defense Attorney Newton, 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. If you are arrested while operating a motor vehicle and 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 close to Newton, MA our criminal defense team can help you.
The common law crime of Burglary or Breaking and Entering can result in a life-altering felony charge in Massachusetts. If you’ve been arrested for entering a dwelling, Breaking and Entering is charged as “Home Invasion”, if convicted you could be facing a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison. When your future is at risk, you need a criminal defense attorney that knows how to defend you against these allegations.
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. Although legal, you cannot use marijuana on federal lands, or in public. The limits are; 10oz at your home, 1oz on your person. 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. Additionally, employers, landlords, cities, and towns may have their own policies concerning the use of recreational marijuana. Best practice is to thoroughly know the local laws, employer’s rules, and even housing policies that refer to marijuana and its use. If you’ve been arrested for heroin possession, you can be charged with criminal charges even if you’re not in possession of the heroin. Mere knowledge that the heroin is present is enough to carry a criminal liability of up to one year of incarceration and/or up to a $1000.00 fine. Actual possession of heroin (first offense) carries a criminal liability of up to two years in the house of corrections and up to a $2000.00 fine. If this is not your first heroin possession conviction, you face longer prison times or higher fines, or both.
Domestic violence defense in Newton, MA
Domestic Violence is an assault that is alleged to have occurred between persons who have a domestic relationship. Prosecutors often prosecute these cases, often despite the wishes of a complaining witness. Domestic violence convictions carry severe criminal as well as other potential penalties affecting your rights. Put Attorney Scott Bocchio and his Criminal Defense Team’s 25 years of experience in defending Domestic Violence charges to work for you.
Armed Robbery Defense
Massachusetts General Law Part IV Title I Chapter 265 section 17, regarding armed robbery 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 during the commission of the robbery, the assailant is armed with certain firearms, the punishments are greater still. Massachusetts law Chapter 265 section 19(b) 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). Nevertheless, robbery, whether armed or unarmed, is a serious crime that carries severe criminal liability.