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A law, approved by lawmakers and Governor Charlie Baker earlier this year, expands the public’s right to control the narrative of their own lives and to no longer be bound by government records. People have been able to seal records for years, but the new law goes much further.

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Can you bring marijuana, legally purchased in Mass, across state lines?

The short answer is, probably not. While it is now legal in Massachusetts, it is still a Federal crime to possess marijuana. Even going to another state where marijuana is legal could have significant consequences. Although the likelihood of getting caught and federally charged with small amounts of marijuana, is … Read More »



Marijuana odor is not a basis for a motor vehicle stop

Marijuana odor is not a basis for a motor vehicle stop

Evidence found during a traffic stop should have been suppressed because the mere odor of burnt marijuana did not justify the stop, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled in a split decision.

“Because stops based on reasonable suspicion of … Read More »



New law requiring headlights to be turned on

New law requiring headlights to be turned on

A new law requiring headlights and taillights to be kept on during inclement weather and when windshield wipers are on goes into effect for all Massachusetts motorists April 7, 2015. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said the law is intended to increase … Read More »



Search of a Van is invalid despite observing marijuana

Search of a Van is invalid despite observing marijuana

A van pulled over because of an unilluminated headlight could not be entered and searched by the police based on marijuana the officers saw inside the van, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled.

After an officer saw “about a [one]-ounce bag” … Read More »



Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Judge seeks to reform drug cases

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Judge seeks to reform drug cases

The new Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judical Court recently spoke on the “state of the judiciary”. One of his most important goals for the future is to call for the end to mandatory minimum sentences for low … Read More »



Expunging or sealing your record

Expunging or sealing your record

The Supreme Judicial Court in the case of Commonwealth v. Alves, decided on August 27, 2014 dealt with the issue of expunging or sealing a criminal record. The single question before the court was whether the proper remedy for a clerical error that results in … Read More »



Mass Supreme Judicial Court eases standard for sealing of criminal record

Mass Supreme Judicial Court eases standard for sealing of criminal record

By: Tom Egan August 15, 2014

The Supreme Judicial Court has decided to make it easier to get a criminal record sealed.

In 2010, the Legislature enacted extensive reforms to the criminal offender record information (CORI) scheme, extending access … Read More »



Small Business Owners: Estate Planning

Small Business Owners: Estate Planning

Going on a trip? Do you have a plan? Someone to watch the house; take care of pets, etc.? Of course.

So what is your plan for your small business when you are no longer able to operate it?

Who will be left to pick … Read More »



Why Innocent People Plead Guilty

Why Innocent People Plead Guilty Federal judge says thousands are in prison after taking deals

by Gilien Silsby

April 18, 2014 After serving as a criminal defense attorney, federal prosecutor and now United States District judge, the Hon. Jed Rakoff knows what works — and what doesn’t — in the … Read More »