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Gregory Casale

Gregory Casale’s Answers

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  • Do I need a lawyer when charged with assault with deadly weapon

    The assailant did not press charges yet I was charged in court. What should I do?

    Gregory’s Answer

    The saying goes that "a person who represents him or herself in criminal court, including an attorney, has a fool for a client."

    There are far too many pitfalls in the criminal court system for a lay person to navigate. There have serious consequences and should not be taken lightly. If you are required to be in the criminal court or asked to speak with police, you should speak to NO ONE until you first speak with an attorney.

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  • I am 22 and my ex is 19. Can I go to jail if I got her pregnant while I'm still married on paper but separate.

    She found out I was married before we started getting her pregnant then she wanted to get pregnant so we intentionally tried to have a baby. Now we're broken up and she keeps threatening to take me to court and out me on jail. She is 20 now but s...

    Gregory’s Answer

    As the other two attorneys have stated, although adultery is still a crime, in 18 years as a Criminal Defense attorney in Massachusetts I have never seen anyone charged with this crime.

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  • What happens

    OK my son stoled from target he told me that they caught him and brought him to the back room the guy told him I don't really make a big deal about 40 dollars (that's the amount he took) but had to take his information to send something in the mai...

    Gregory’s Answer

    The store may simply send a civil demand letter. However, they also may request that a criminal complaint issue. If he receives a summons for a Clerk's Hearing contact a lawyer. If a criminal complaint issues he could end up with a criminal record (CORI). Even though the maximum penalty for a 1st offense Shoplifting charge where the merchandise is under $100 is no more than a fine, having an entry in his permanent record could effect him adversely for employment, financial aid and even housing in some instances. Do not take this lightly. The fine will be the least of his worries. The CORI entry could haunt him for life.

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  • I am 68 yrs old and a quadriplegic. someone is trying to extort money from me through threats of blackmail. what should i do?

    FOUR years ago, i traded letting someone stay on my property in exchange for some gardening. it didn't work out and when i asked her to leave, she went ballistic; screaming and cursing and demanding that i pay her almost $2000 for the work she did...

    Gregory’s Answer

    You should contact the local court and speak to an assistant district attorney. If you feel that you may have done something wrong yourself or if you are unsure you may want to at least speak with a Criminal Defense lawyer first.

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  • What should I do

    I stole from target about 40 dollars worth they took my information and told me to expect something in the mail I'm 18 but did not have Id so a cop came checked to see if I was 18 through this computer and to check if I had a record Wich I don't s...

    Gregory’s Answer

    The first thing to do is take a deep breath and don't panic. The very worst that can happen on a 1st offense Shoplifting charge for under $100 in Massachusetts is a fine. You can not be sentenced to jail for this charge alone. However, you do not want this on your permanent record (CORI) since it can cause you all sorts of problems throughout your life seeking employment, financial aid and in some cases, even housing. You should receive a summons in the mail for a Clerk's Hearing to decide whether or not criminal charges should issue. Even if caught red handed and you admitted to the shoplifting it us still possible to avoid a criminal charge. Though it is no guarantee of success in your case, I can tell you that in 18 years of practice and literally hundreds of these hearings, I have been successful in all but less than I can count on one hand in avoiding criminal charges on Shoplifting applications. If you don't already have an attorney you can call my office and I would be happy to discuss your case with you. There is no fee for the consultation. My number is available on my web site listed below.

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  • Can I lift my restraining order and how?

    My ex-wife had put a restraining order against her, our son, and her other two children. Originally the order excluded my son but then she got it renewed with me not being able to see my son. On the order it states "pending probate court order". ...

    Gregory’s Answer

    A Restraining Order issued under M.G.L c.209A may be revoked by a judge at the request of the person who requested it. Although a violation of this order is a criminal offense, the order itself is a civil order. This means that it is not the Commonwealth v. the defendant, but the plaintiff v defendant, giving the plaintiff the right to ask the judge to revoke the order. All of this simply means your ex can go to the court where it was issued and ask the judge to remove it. She doesn't need a lawyer. She can do it with the assistance of the court's personnel, specifically, the Victim Advocate. If it is the Defendant who is seeking to have it revoked that is far different and the defendant should definately get a lawyer to evaluate the situation and hopefully challenge the order. If you are the defendant and need Massachusetts legal assistabpnce you can contact me and I would be happy to discuss your options with you. There is no fee for the telephone consultation.

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  • Can I take an online 24D class for Mass, or take it in CT?

    First offense, no priors. Clean driving record. Have to move for a job in a week & travel back to Mass will be very difficult if not impossible. Working 7 days/wk, & cost prohibitive. I know it's best if can take it in MA, but really can't.

    Gregory’s Answer

    Massachusetts does not accept online 24D classes. However, you can take the classes in CT. I represented a women about 2 weeks ago that had the same situation. The Mass court allowed her to take the classes in CT.

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  • Larceny

    I worked for jcp and made false returns with fake names., I'm 21 going to be 22 in January this is my first criminal offense., the amount made was 375.49.., I got fired and now have to go to court., the loss prevention people told me it was going...

    Gregory’s Answer

    It is still possible to keep this from becoming a criminal charge. Do not try to talk your way out of it. Like everyone else advised, hire a good criminal attorney. I have practiced in the Leomister court. You want someone who has and knows the court. If you haven't already retained counsel call my office.

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  • Should I hire a lawyer for a bench warrant/restraining order violation or fly out and turn myself in?

    Been out of country for 4 yrs, found out I have a restraining order violation, I broke it last year, I was never served with the order, never knew I broke it. I broke it by making a blog post about an ex. I got the order for sending an email for...

    Gregory’s Answer

    I agree with most of the other advice. Definitely hire a Criminal Defense lawyer. I get a lot of out of state warrant cases and as someone else pointed out, I start by trying to resolve the matter without your appearance. However, the actual process to recall a warrant requires the defendant to appear before the court. Then a date is set to return and the defendant is either released or held on bail. Appearing with private counsel is the best argument for release. If I am unable to resolve the matter without your appearance, I can typically set the situation up so that it can be resolved on the day you appear.

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  • Hi..how do i dropped charges that the police put on my boyfriend? I didnt want the charges in the 1place..

    Our relationship ended abruptly and i over reacted out of anger and called the police the police listened to my story and unknowingly to me charged him with a bunch of charges that i never wanted.

    Gregory’s Answer

    Attorney Carramancia answered it pretty clearly. Understand that the police do not represent you, they represents the state. When you tell your story, the police listen for the elements of a crime. Once they hear the elements established, they arrest and its out of hour hands Again as Attorney Carranansia stated, your ex'es attorney may be able to guide you as to how you can best help out.

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