Scott Bocchio, criminal defense attorney at law, has served those arrested near the Salisbury, MA area for more than 12 years. With over 25 years of blended experience throughout our law firm, Your Legal Rights Advocates are the most recognized criminal lawyers in Salisbury, MA. Whether you’re coping with a DUI/OUI or a drug possession-related crime, we defend and represent you. Our law firm is skilled in the intricacies of DUI, OUI, and drug possession laws. We understand your legal rights under Massachusetts general law and will endeavor to defend them.If you’ve been advised that you have to have a criminal defense attorney to represent you in in the courtroom, speak to our legal defense team. We will consult with you and inform you of your rights, represent and defend you in in front of the judge and argue for the lowest achievable criminal sentence. As an aggressive legal team of attorneys, we defend our clients against scandalous, unjust, or unwanted allegations. As criminal defense lawyers, our team is competent defending our clients Massachusetts criminal laws. We dedicate our expertise in defending our clients. You should have the best defense conceivable, and we take pride in delivering it. When you are facing criminal allegations, possible heavy sentences, and even your incarceration, our team fights for you. A local criminal defense law firm understands the local specific laws that might apply to your criminal charges. We’ve worked in this area and fully understand the Salisbury, MA criminal system We will research all aspects of your arrest and charges so that we can pursue a dynamic defense on your behalf. We will lead you through your criminal proceedings, all throughout the trial process. We will give you confidence knowing we are defending you.
Salisbury, MA DUI/OUI Criminal Defense Attorneys
Driving under the influence in Massachusetts is governed by Massachusetts’ General Law Part I Title XIV Chapter 90 section 24(1)(a)(1), which 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. Operating a motor vehicle on a public road with a BAC of .08 or greater, you can be arrested and charged for DUI/OUI under the law You will face a criminal liability of up to two and half years in jail and/or a fine anywhere from $500.00-$5,000.00.
B&E and/or Home Invasion bears significant criminal penalties in Massachusetts. You will need a competent criminal defense attorney to defend you if you have been arrested or charged for these crimes.
In Massachusetts, Breaking and Entering and/or Burglary arrests can lead to serious felony charges. If you’ve been arrested for entering a dwelling, Breaking and Entering is charged as “Home Invasion”, if convicted you could be sentenced with a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison. When your freedom is at risk, you need an attorney that understands how to defend you against these criminal charges.
Drug Possession, Sale, and other Drug Crimes.
Massachusetts’ law prohibits an individual from knowingly or intentionally possessing any controlled substance without a valid prescription. 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 knowledge of the substance, have actual possession of it, meaning on your person or in your control.
Also, Marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts for persons age 21 and older. That being said, it still cannot be consumed in any form in public or on federal land. The law says no more than 1 oz in your possession and no more than 10 oz in your home. It is against the law to drive while under the influence of marijuana, like alcohol. 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 note that employers, local governments, and even landlords can impose additional rules or laws 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. Heroin charges do not require possession. You can face incarceration and fines just for knowing the heroin is present. A first offense possession of heroin conviction can result in a criminal sentence of up to two years in the house of corrections and up to a $2000.00 fine. For repeat offenders, you can face steeper sentences, more years incarcerated and/or steeper fines.
Facing Domestic Violence Charges?
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. Our firm’s 25 years of criminal defense, including assault and domestic violence, can give you the confidence you need to face these charges confidently.
Armed Robbery Criminal Defense Attorney at law Salisbury, MA
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. Certain firearms used during a robbery can increase the criminal penalties for armed robbery convictions. According to Massachusetts law, unarmed robbery is defined as: 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. Robbing a convenience store while wearing a mask and pointing a shotgun at the cashier (ex. armed robbery) is more serious than snatching a woman’s purse while walking down the street (ex. unarmed robbery). Nevertheless, robbery, whether armed or unarmed, is a serious crime that carries severe criminal liability.