For over 12 years, Scott F Bocchio has practiced law as a criminal defense lawyer helping Winchester, MA and the nearby communities. Our law firm, Your Legal Rights Advocates, has more than a quarter century of criminal defense law litigation history. Our lawyers can represent you in your Winchester, MA criminal case. Whether you’re dealing with a DUI/OUI or a drug related crime, we work for you. Drug Possession and DUI/OUI carry heavy criminal sentences in Massachusetts. Our legal team can safeguard your rights and ensure you are handled equally under the law.If you’ve been apprehended for one of these criminal offenses, contact our office as soon as possible. Our defense team will meet with you, inform you of your rights, and develop a highly effective criminal defense plan. Our staff of committed criminal attorneys is persuaded you should be afforded all the rights the law provides you. We will fight for your protection under the law at all times. Our attorneys are tried and tested in Massachusetts criminal law. Not only are we extremely knowledgeable, we are serious about our clients. When you are arrested for criminal allegations, possible heavy sentences, and even your incarceration, our lawyers fight on your behalf. A local criminal defense attorney is familiar with the local specific laws that might apply to your criminal case. We’ve practiced in this area and fully understand the Winchester, MA criminal system Our lawyers will analyze your charges and formulate a comprehensive defense strategy. It will be a tough climb ahead, but we’ll meet the challenge together- one step at a time. We’ll act to see that you attain the least possible sentence..
Winchester, MA DUI/OUI Criminal Defense Law Firm
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 a criminal liability of up to two and half years in jail and/or a fine anywhere from $500.00-$5,000.00.
Do you need a B&E or Home Invasion law firm near you?
Burglary and/or Breaking and Entering allegations are severe offenses in Winchester, MA. 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 freedom is at risk, you need a criminal defense attorney that understands how to defend you against these 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 actual possession of it, meaning on your person or in your control and have knowledge of the substance.
Also, Marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts for persons age 21 and older. 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. 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. Employers, cities, and landlords may also impose additional rules, regulations, or laws that govern marijuana usage can also apply. When starting a new job, moving into a new dwelling, or moving locations you should do the research to ensure you are not in violation of any other rules, policies, or laws. If the charge is for heroin possession, you do not need to be in actual possession of the substance to face criminal charges. Just knowing heroin is present can lead to a criminal sentence 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. For repeat offenders, you can face steeper sentences, more years incarcerated and/or steeper fines.
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Lawyer Winchester, MA
Domestic Violence is an assault that is alleged to have occurred between persons who have a domestic relationship. 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. Put Attorney Scott Bocchio and his Criminal Defense Team’s 25 years of experience in defending Domestic Violence charges to work for you.
Winchester, MA Armed Robbery Criminal Defense Lawyers
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 wear a mask or distort your face in some way, the penalties are more severe. If certain firearms were used in the robbery, the penalties are even more severe. Chapter 265 section 19(b) of state law defines unarmed robbery by stating; 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. Armed robbery is considered a crime deserving more severe penalties than unarmed robbery. Nevertheless, robbery, whether armed or unarmed, is a serious crime that carries severe criminal liability.