Scott Bocchio, criminal defense lawyer, has defended those charged with a crime within the Merrimack, MA area for more than a decade. Our criminal defense attorneys have more than 25 years overall court room experience. We are conveniently located to work for you in Merrimack, MA area courts. Whether you’re facing a DUI/OUI or a drug related crime, we work for you. Drug Possession and DUI/OUI carry substantial criminal sentences in Massachusetts. Our law firm can protect your rights and see that you are handled fairly under the law.If you have been apprehended for one of these crimes, contact our office before you speak with police any further. We’ll sit down with you and inform you of your rights, represent you in the courtroom and fight for the minimum achievable sentence. As an aggressive legal team of attorneys, we argue our clients against scandalous, unjust, or unwanted claims. Our attorneys are well-versed in Massachusetts criminal law. Knowledge of the law is only the beginning. We integrate this legal knowledge with a group of lawyers who really care about their client’s futures. When you are arrested for criminal allegations, potential heavy criminal sentences, and even your incarceration, our team fights for you. A local criminal defense attorney knows the local specific laws that might apply to your criminal charges. We’ve practiced in this area and understand the Merrimack, MA criminal system We will research all aspects of your case so that we can focus on a dynamic defense for you. We know how upsetting a criminal arrest can be. We will be there for you throughout this criminal proceeding. We will give you self-assurance knowing we are looking after you.
Arrested for DUI/OUI in Merrimack, 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. Put more simply, if you operate 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 statute. The punishment you could face if convicted is up to two and half years in jail and/or a fine anywhere from $500.00-$5,000.00.
Looking for a B&E or Home Invasion law firm near you?
Burglary and/or Breaking and Entering allegations are severe offenses in Merrimack, MA. 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 knows how to defend you against these charges.
Drug Offenses Require an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney at law
Massachusetts’ law prohibits an individual from knowingly or intentionally possessing any controlled substance without a valid prescription. If you have been charged with drug possession, to be found guilty the following must apply:
You must have knowledge of the substance, have actual possession of it, meaning on your person or in your control.
Marijuana is now legal in this state if you are at least 21 years old. Although legal, you cannot use marijuana on federal lands, or in public. The possession limit is up to 10 oz in your home, and no more than 1 oz on your person. It is considered illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. But, it is still a criminal offense to possess more than one ounce of marijuana. You can face a criminal sentence of up to one year of incarceration and/or up to a $1000.00 fine. 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. 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. 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.
Facing Domestic Violence Charges?
If you have a domestic relationship with someone and an assault occurs, you can be charged with domestic violence. Prosecutors often prosecute these cases, often despite the wishes of a complaining witness. Your right to own a firearm and your immigration status (if you are not a United States citizen) can be at risk as well as criminal convictions from misdemeanors to felonies. Put Attorney Scott Bocchio and his Criminal Defense Team’s 25 years of experience in defending Domestic Violence charges to work for you.
Facing allegations of armed robbery in Merrimack, 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. The punishment is more severe if, during the robbery, the assailant dons a mask or anything that causes facial distortion. Certain firearms used during a robbery can increase the criminal penalties for armed robbery convictions. 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. 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). Even so, robberies of any type can result in severe criminal sentences if you’re convicted.