Massachusetts

Massachusetts Grand Larceny Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts groups several types of theft crimes into a broad ‘larceny’ category. Under state law, when someone takes possession of property that belongs to another person without their consent, this is larceny. The value of the property that was taken and the circumstances under which the theft occurred determines the crime that… Read More »

Massachusetts Drug Possession vs Manufacturing vs Distribution

The crimes of drug possession, drug manufacturing and drug distribution are very serious charges in Massachusetts. All of these are felonies and if you are convicted, the chance of serious jail time is high. Each of these drug charges can be complex, and even more so if any of the crimes were committed in a… Read More »

Massachusetts Racketeering RICO Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Services that are offered to parts of the public through fraud and false pretenses may be referred to as a racket. Rackets are criminal activities that involve many financial crimes. Racketeering in Massachusetts and in other states are defined under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. RICO states that many types of… Read More »

Massachusetts Murder Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

When a person kills another person, regardless of intent, it is usually called a homicide in Massachusetts. But murder is where a person knowingly and specifically kills another human being or causes them substantial bodily harm and that person eventually dies due to their injuries. In Massachusetts, you can be prosecuted for first degree or… Read More »

Massachusetts Money Laundering Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Money laundering is a serious financial crime in Massachusetts that involves concealing sources of money that are gained through criminal activity and made to look like legitimate income. Money laundering in Massachusetts and other states is often related to racketeering, which is a form of organized crime. It also is related in some cases to… Read More »

Massachusetts Manslaughter Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges are both governed by Massachusetts General laws Chapter 265 Section 13. You can be charged with manslaughter if your action led to the death of another human being. This is a very different charge from murder, which applies when the case involves malice aforethought or premeditation. While manslaughter is a… Read More »

Massachusetts Felony Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

In Massachusetts, you can be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony. If the crime that you have been accused of can be punished only by a jail sentence, it is a misdemeanor. If it includes a potential state prison sentence, it is a felony. The Massachusetts state legislature defines felonies and misdemeanors in the… Read More »

Massachusetts Drug Trafficking Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Drug trafficking is defined in Massachusetts state law as possession of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute, or to be actively distributing a certain quantity of drugs. The state or federal prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that all elements associated with the drug possession are true, as well as a specific type… Read More »

Massachusetts Assault Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

In Massachusetts, there are laws against both assault and assault and battery. Assaults and batteries that cause serious injury, or are committed against a certain class of victims, can be punished as felonies. Laws regarding assault and assault and battery are covered in Massachusetts General Laws Part IV Title 1 Chapter 265 Section 13A. An… Read More »

Massachusetts Child Pornography Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

The possession, distribution and production of child pornography is aggressively prosecuted in Massachusetts. Child pornography laws are increasingly being used to punish use of Internet and computer technology to obtain, distribute and share pornographic material that involves minors who are under the age of 18. Similar to federal laws, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Section… Read More »

Massachusetts Wire Fraud Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

USC 1341 and 1343 provide the framework for the federal crimes of wire fraud and mail fraud. These statutes are the most common ones used by state and federal prosecutors in Massachusetts because they are simple and expansive. These federal statutes make it illegal to use mail and wire (telephone, cell phone, Internet, email and… Read More »

Massachusetts Battery Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you can be charged with assault and battery which is often prosecuted as a felony. Battery is defined as an intentional and unpermitted act that leads to offensive or harmful contact with another person. Battery can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the severity of the… Read More »

Massachusetts Bribery Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Bribery under Massachusetts law is defined as the corrupt payment, receipt or solicitation of a private favor for an official action. This means in practice the exchange of money, goods or services in return for some type of action. Bribery laws are covered under Massachusetts General Laws Part IV Title I Chapter 268A Section 2.… Read More »

Massachusetts Tax Evasion Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

In Massachusetts, tax evasion is a serious crime that can result in serious criminal and financial consequences. Tax evasion crimes in the Commonwealth usually relate to crimes that are conducted when the return is filed, and crimes related to not filing the return at all. In this state and across the state, common tax evasion… Read More »

Massachusetts Sex Crime Charges & Penalties + Statute Of Limitations

Being accused of a sex crime is possibly one of the most serious charges someone could ever face, particularly if the offense includes a child or a minor. The consequences will last a lifetime. Penalties include prison sentences, fees, a criminal record and having to register as a sex offender, possibly for life. This, in… Read More »

Massachusetts Insider Trading Charges & Penalties

The insider trading laws in the state of Massachusetts closely follow the federal insider trading laws. The crime happens when a trade is influenced by being in possession of privileged corporate information that is not available to the public. This information is not known by any other investor, which means that the defendant is attempting… Read More »

Massachusetts Weapons Charges & Penalties + Statute Of Limitations

Massachusetts Guns & Firearms Charges And Penalties + Statute Of Limitations When it comes to gun laws, Massachusetts is one of the toughest states. If a guns is misused, the chance of injury or even death is high and this is one of the reasons why courts take these crimes seriously. All over the country,… Read More »

Massachusetts Embezzlement Charges & Penalties + Statute Of Limitations

Embezzlement in Massachusetts is classed as a larceny offense. It means that items were removed from their rightful owner. Usually, no violence is committed, which is why it is classed as a ‘white collar’ crime. It is covered under Massachusetts General Laws Part IV, Title I, Chapter 266. Massachusetts Laws and Penalties There are three… Read More »

Massachusetts Conspiracy Charges & Penalties + Statute Of Limitations

Conspiracy is a crime whereby at least two individuals agree to engage in some sort of criminal act together. Conspiracy can either be a felony or a misdemeanor, depending mainly on the actual crime that was committed, or what they conspired to commit. In most states, including Massachusetts, defendants can be charged with the crime… Read More »

Massachusetts Counterfeiting & Penalties + Statute Of Limitations

If a currency, goods or service appears to be legitimate but is actually an illegal reproduction, it is counterfeiting. This can be either a state or federal crime. It can include such things as false goods, false currency or false documents. The statistics on counterfeiting are worrying. In 2011, some 3,028 individuals were arrested on… Read More »