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By Peter Ettenberg | Published Monday, June 15, 2020 | Posted in Uncategorized.
Text to 911 Now Available Across the CommonwealthPublic safety officials urge those in need of emergency services to “Call if you can, text if you can’t”Text to 911 allows those in need of emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 911 when they are unable to … Read More »
By Peter Ettenberg | Published Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | Posted in Uncategorized.
Prosecutors in Massachusetts can’t use breathalyzer tests in drunken driving cases, with some exceptions, until the state can show that the crime lab that oversees its breath-testing program is likely to receive a certain type of accreditation, a judge has ruled.
The ruling does not cover all drunken … Read More »
By Peter Ettenberg | Published Monday, January 14, 2019 | Posted in Uncategorized.
Massachusetts State Senator Jason Lewis plans to introduce legislation next month that would prevent workers from losing their jobs solely for consuming marijuana on their own time. The legalization of marijuana may also affect landlords and tenants.
If you encounter issues with an employee or employer, you can contact … Read More »
By Peter Ettenberg | Published Thursday, December 27, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized.
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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By Peter Ettenberg | Published Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized.
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 »
By Peter Ettenberg | Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized.
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 »
By Peter Ettenberg | Published Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized.
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 »
By Peter Ettenberg | Published Friday, April 10, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized.
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 »
By Peter Ettenberg | Published Friday, February 27, 2015 | Posted in Criminal Law, Drug Offense.
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 »
By Peter Ettenberg | Published Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Law, Drug Offense.