Charged with a crime in or near Amherst, MA? Scott F. Boochio is a criminal defense lawyer that can protect your rights under the law. He has more than 12 years of winning criminal defense practice. Your Legal Rights Advocates has more than a quarter century of criminal defense law experience. Our lawyers can defend you in your Amherst, MA criminal matter. If you have been arrested for Drug Crimes, DUI/OUI, Misdemeanors, and Felonies we can defend you. Our law firm is skilled in the intricacies of DUI, OUI, and drug possession laws. We understand your rights under Massachusetts law and will strive to defend them. Don’t risk your freedom when being confronted with criminal charges. Call and consult with one of our defense attorneys, we will educate you of your legal rights and how we will safeguard them. We encourage you get in touch with one of our criminal defense lawyers as soon as you can, the earlier you retain a lawyer the sooner we can focus on defending your protection under the law. As a professional legal team of lawyers, we fight our clients against scandalous, unfair, or stressful and harassing investigations. We are experienced with the laws of Massachusetts and how they may charge you in a criminal case. Not only are we truly knowledgeable, we are zealous about our clients. We go the extra mile when representing our clients to the best of our abilities. When there are very specific and rigid laws regarding criminal offenses in Amherst, MA, it is highly recommended you hire an lawyer who’s served the region for a considerable number of years, knowing the ins and outs of your city and state’s laws. Our lawyers will look at your circumstances and develop a comprehensive defense strategy. We will lead you through your criminal case, through each step of the process. We will give you self-assurance knowing we are looking after you.
Arrested for DUI/OUI in Amherst, MA?
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. It’s clear that the law says, 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. 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.
B&E and/or Home Invasion bears severe criminal sentences in Massachusetts. You will need a skilled criminal defense law firm to defend you if you have been arrested or charged for these criminal offenses.
Stemming from the common law crime of Burglary or Breaking and Entering can be a serious felony in Massachusetts. 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 a criminal defense attorney that understands how to defend you against these criminal charges.
Drug Offenses Require an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Individuals knowingly or intentionally possessing any controlled substance without a valid prescription are violating the law in Massachusetts. If you have been charged with drug possession, to be found guilty the following must apply:
You must have actual possession of it, meaning on your person or in your control and have knowledge of the substance.
Marijuana is now legal in this state if you are at least 21 years old. 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. Like alcohol, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. However, possession of more than one ounce of marijuana carries criminal liability of up to one year of incarceration and/or up to a $1000.00 fine. Also, you should research any additional rules or laws imposed by your employer, landlord, city, and/or town regarding marijuana usage. Always verify there are no local rules, policies, or laws that address marijuana usage. You do not need to actually possess heroin to be charged with a crime. 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. Heroin possession carries a criminal sentence of up to two years incarceration and a fine up to $2,000. For repeat offenders, you can face steeper sentences, more years incarcerated and/or steeper fines.
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Law Firm Amherst, 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. Domestic Violence can range from misdemeanor to felony charges, each carrying not only their substantive penalties but also possible collateral consequences, affecting rights to own or possess firearms and the ability of non-citizens to remain in the United States. Our law firm is extremely capable of defending you against domestic violence charges.
Armed Robbery Defense
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 during the robbery, the assailant dons a mask or anything that causes facial distortion, the penalty is more severe. If during the commission of the robbery, the assailant is armed with certain firearms, the punishments are greater still. 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.