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Gregory Casale

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  • I was given the cahill disposition with 45 day loss of license and i have the iid installed.

    What i would like to know is when do i get to reinstate my license do i have to wait until the 45 days are up. If so how much would that cost im already paying 500 for the hardship.

    Gregory’s Answer

    You must wait at least the full 45 days and additional 180 if you refused the Breath Test. It will cost you an additional $500 to reinstate your actual license.

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  • Shorter DWI class options in Massachusetts for out of state DWI?

    24D classes are close to three months long even for first offenders. I have not been to court and will not be soon. I am getting head start on classes. Obviously since it is out of state I do not need it to be 24D official. Just a class suitable f...

    Gregory’s Answer

    You can also call the probation department of the local court for information. They may be able to help you or at least direct you to who can provide the informaiton.

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  • Are there any Criminal attorneys in MA that do not require a retainer?

    My boyfriend has already been arraigned and goes to court in a few weeks. Is it unreasonable to hope to hire a lawyer (after the free consultation), go to court that day and come to an agreement with the prosecutor? Felony theft 5k, already ad...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Looking for a lawyer who doesn't require a "retainer" is like looking for a grocery store that gives free food or a mechanic who doesn't charge for car repair, etc. Lawyers, just like everyone else who works for a living, expect to be paid for their work. A person who can't seem to come up with hte money when they are desperate to find a lawyer is extremely unlikely to pay one later. This is not meant to sound cold, but over 15 years I can assure you it is the harsh reality.

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  • My fiance is stipulated to a rehab program that isn't working out for him. Can he request a new program from his P.O.?

    This rehab is a program that gives out many restrictions if the resident were to break any rules. My fiance recently almost got kicked out for something that his counselor messed up on. This program is a residential rehab and for the people that a...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Most people who enter residential drug and alcohol programs have difficulty adjusting. This does not mean that you fiance is without basis for his complaint but unless it is fairly egregious, it is unlikely that his probation officer will be interested in hearig his complaints. It is equally unlikely that the PO will consider an out-patient program if the in-patient is too difficult. It sounds like he NEEDS to be in-patient facility. Easing up on his responsibilites will never get the requisite results.

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  • Will a theft under $50 stay on my permanent record? What can I do to get it off my record and do I need to tell future employers

    No previous charges. Merchandise was $50.

    Gregory’s Answer

    Once you are arraigned, there is an entry on your CORI of that charge. You can petition the court to seal your record, but it will always be there. Most employers can only ask if you have been convicted, which is not usually the case with a $50 theft. More often a monor case like this is continued without a finding (CWOF) and then dismissed after a probationary term is completed. The best remedy is to have your record sealed.

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  • My friend got Arrested for Larceny over $250 (stole a phone) how long will he be in jail for and when will he go to court??

    On April 20 2013 my friend who is 19 years old was arrested for stealing someones phone, since he got arrested he has been in jail. Abouot 10 days now. i know in the past few years he has been arrested for "warrent felony default" then again arres...

    Gregory’s Answer

    The facts necessary to determine sentencing include the seriousness of the offense, the defendant's previous history with the criminal courts, the value of the items stolen, whether or not the value or items were returned, whether the defendant did or can pay restitution, as well as the skill of his attorney and the mood of judge who sentences him. Having several matters open at the same time will certainly work against him. In the district court in MA, the most anyone can be sentenced to is 2.5 years for any one matter. However, with multiple offenses, the sentences can be on and after each other, meaning the 3rd starts after the 2nd is completed, which starts after the 1st is completed, etc. Not many people get the maximum sentence for any one crime and it is even more rare to get the sentences imposed on and after. Without knowing all of the information listed above, it is really impossible to estimate the sentence. You should not post that type of information online. His attorney should have a pretty good idea what the court is looking for as far as a sentence. That is the source to seek this answer from.

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  • What should I expect at a magistrate hearing?

    I received a $100 citation for going the wrong way on a one-way in march 2012, while lost in a city I had never been in before. I couldn't afford to pay the ticket and then forgot to, so my license was suspended but I was never notified. In August...

    Gregory’s Answer

    The cost of an attorney for a Clerk's Hearing is far less than for a criminal charge since it is one hearing, win or lose. Your chances of success with a lawyer are far better than without. If you truly cannot afford representation, I think Attorney Pang gave you excellent advice. In addition, I would add that you should not debate the speeding at all since even your version puts you over the limit. Instead focus on your clean driving history, your remorse for forgetting to pay the ticket and for driving while it was suspended, something you would never have done had you known. Do not focus on what anyone did wrong except yourself. Be respectful and gracious. Do not challenge the Commonwealth.

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  • Can I request a blood test instead of the breathalyzer ? And what if they refuse to let me ?

    I was arrested for oui and refused the breathalyzer, However I wanted to take a blood test. I was refused the chance.

    Gregory’s Answer

    You have received excellent answers to your question. The short answer is no, you cannot choose what type of test you get for your blood alcohol, by the police. If you refuse the breath test, you will loose your license for a minimum of 180 days. However, if you are later found Not Guilty, you can get your license reinstated. The breath test is a very damaging piece of evidence at trial, assuming you blow .08% or greater. If there is any doubt in your mind whatsoever, you should refuse it. You can later, on your own, get a blood test.

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  • I cannot get a job in the field I have chosen due to my CORI and want to know what I can do about it. Please help.

    When I was 19 years old I was charged with intimidation of a witness & threat to commit a murder. Please understand at the time I was severely addicted to drugs. Also know that I got this charge because I called a girl and (who I never met in pers...

    Gregory’s Answer

    It sounds as though you are eligible to have your CORI (Criminal Offenders Record Information ) sealed. Situations such as yours are good examples of why it is possible to seal the record. People should not pay for their crimes for the rest of their lives. You served your time, you paid your penalties, you should be free of the burden that you are suffering. To have the record sealed you can either hire a lawyer or do it yourself. If you want to try it on your own, go to or call the Probation Dept. of the court(s) where you you were charged. Explain to them what you want to do and they will provide the requisite forms. It is a bit complicated and many people hire attorneys to do this for them. Since your charges are beyond the 5 and 10 year look back periods for misdemeanors and felonies, respectively, the process should not require any judicial hearings. If you would prefer to have a lawyer handle this for you, contact any attorney who handles Criminal Defense charges and they should be able to help you out. My office handles these CORI seals and we would be happy to discuss handling your charges if you would like. However you choose to proceed, I wish you good luck.

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  • My charge:266/30/A. Took merch. from former employer, but returned and admitted my wrongs. What should I do for arraignment?

    Was confronted by Loss Prevention of my store/former employer. I admitted my faults in writing. They told me if I returned the merchandise they wouldn't involve police, so long as merch was returned within half hr.Upon returning with all items, th...

    Gregory’s Answer

    You will be arraigned in the Westboro District Court; a caourt I am extremely familiar with and practice in regularly. First thing, as othrs have advised, do not post specific facts and certainly not admissions online and do not speak about the case to anyone but your attorney, which brings me to #2) I do not know the value but if it is under or over $250 will determine whether it is a misdemeanor (under $250) or a felony (over $250). This may be something open to negotiation if it is the felony, epsecially as the merchandise was returned. Next, do not speak with any police or other investigators abut this situation. You have the right to remain silent, exercise that right. and Lastly, you will be appointed a public defender if you qualify financially. Some public defenders are excellent lawyers, however you do NOT get to choose who is appointed to take your case. If you want to roll the dice and see who you get then by allmeans do so. However, if the lawyer who is assigned to you does not engender trust in you that they can handle your case as you desire, then I would recomend hiring someone like myself, who practices in that court and has a good deal of experience with Criminal Defense. My practice started in Shrewsbury and Westboro District Court is where I cut my teeth. I continue to take many cases out of this court to this day. My contact infromation is belwo and all over Avvo if you would like to contact me. If not, I wish you the best results. Do not forget, you only have one chance to get this right. You do not want to look back on this and wish you had done something differently. Your CORI (criminal history record) will stay with you for life and reflect the results of this decision and the outcome of your case.

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