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  • Do i have to finish the other three months of a program?

    I am on probation for two years and i already completed 3 months plus detox and css. Will i go to jail or get violated if i dont complete another three months? I believe i dont need anymore programs... Please let me know thank you

    Michael’s Answer

    You certainly run the risk of jail if you make the decision to end the program prior to its completion.

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  • Do I need an attorney at a hearing regarding a restraining order? What types of questions can be expected at this proceeding?

    I was served a temporary restraining order in MA (GL 209). I reviewed the claims the plaintiff made in the court docket and believe several are false. A hearing is scheduled to hear both sides at Woburn District Court.

    Michael’s Answer

    Even with a lawyer you are battling a court system that will inherently favor the plaintiff in a 209a. But, going without a lawyer certainly puts you at a disadvantage especially if the plaintiff has counsel.

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  • What happens if someone has a felony charge and get charged with armed robbery?

    My boyfriend is already on probation for a previous crime that was committed and now he's being charged with armed robbery with a bail set at 2000. What could possibly happened next? After he appears in court? Could he face jail time and if so how...

    Michael’s Answer

    The first thing he will face is a probation violation hearing. I'm surprised he wasn't detained when he was arrested on the armed robbery charge. Pretty low bail for that crime which might mean the comminwealth's case isn't that strong.

    Many factors play into what he might be looking at and without question he will
    Need an attorney where he private or court appointed

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  • How can arrests affect my greencard application?

    I've been arrested for possession of drugs 3rd degree crime but complied with probation and got case dismissed. The arrests are still on my record but I got no conviction how can that affect me in my process to get my green card thru my husband? M...

    Michael’s Answer

    I have never heard of a third degree crime in MA but unless you were placed on pre-trial probation, you probably should look into hire an immigration lawyer. If you case was continued without a finding it might have negative consequences.

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  • Will I face jail time for grand lacerney at Wallmart MA,? I got clean record and also I'm disable, first time offender

    I'm 50 yrs old clean record single father of a 13, with multiple medical issues. I got pick up at my neighborhood and all the items taken were returned. I know is very serious and jail time it seems mandatory for this offense.

    Michael’s Answer

    If it's from the Walmart in Oxford you case in Dudley district court will
    Probably be dismissed upon court costs. I would suggest paying the civil investigation fee I believe is $ 350 which will
    Go a long way in helping resolve the criminal case favorably

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  • Should I be concerned about facing time in jail? Should I go and explain this to the bank?

    A new friend told me that he was from out of state and his bank didn't have any branches nearby. He also didn't have a credit card. He asked me to deposit a check for him so he could have cash and he even told me if I did it he'd help me pay for s...

    Michael’s Answer

    I would not suggest talking to police without a lawyer present. Your trust argument is not rypically believed by authorities. You definitely have criminal exposure if you haven't already been charged.

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  • How do I get rid of a PERMANENT Restraining Order my ex husband has on me since 2005? Now he lives in Las Vegas Nevada.

    He got this order while I was in a treatment center in Danvers Ma. It's been years, and he always harrases me with it. I wasn't notified years ago. Now he lives in another state and I haven't seen my son because he alienated him from me. He is 16 ...

    Michael’s Answer

    You can try and file a motion to amend the restraining order if the facts and circumstances have changed significantly. Wont be eay though.

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  • Can this be considered assault/domestic violence

    If a husband and wife are in a heated argument and the husband says "I'm going to kill you!", is this considered assault? For example, the husband is yelling at the wife aggressively, then says "I'm gonna kill you," at which point the wife is wor...

    Michael’s Answer

    In my experience after both have calmed down the wife will exercise use her marital privilege and the case will be dismissed.
    This assumes of course there are no witnesses and the 911 call if places can't be used.

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  • Felony arrest

    I got arrested for selling pot when I was 18 (23 yrs ago) DA wanted 6 months jail. I ended up pleading guilty to a felony charge. Lost my licence for 2 years, did 200 hrs comm service, 2 year suspended sentence, plus fines. I dont think I was pro...

    Michael’s Answer

    Expungement won't happen. Maybe in Florida but not here. You can seal your record but it doesn't get rid of the felony. Only chance you have is to file a motion for a new trial. Pretty difficult but the only remedy. Good luck.

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  • Is a 209A order conceded a violent crime in Mass? 17 years ago I had a 209a order against me. Can I get a gun permit back?

    Is a 209A order conceded a violent crime in Mass? 17 years ago I had a 209a order against me. Can I get a gun permit back?

    Michael’s Answer

    It's not a crime at all but the chief of police can disqualify you as being an unsuitable person.

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