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Gregory Casale

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  • How can a person get the restraining order dropped.

    My friends mother got a restraining order last summer. The order expires this august. Is it possible to prevent the restraining order from being renewed with the help of a lawyer. There was no real evidence of my friend assaulting her or threateni...

    Gregory’s Answer

    It is ultimately up to a judge. However, you stand a much better chance of having the order terminated if you have a lawyer argue your position.

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  • Is there anything I can do legally?

    I had gotten pulled over a few months ago.... the police officer gave me a summons to court I forgot about it this was my first ticket I then got pulled over again for have a the front plate missing on my car the police officer arrested me for a b...

    Gregory’s Answer

    You will have to clear up the registration issues, whether or not they were appropriately levied. You can hire a lawyer to assist you but one way or another you will have to clear up the tax liens before the RMV will reinstate your license.

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  • What can I do about this awkward situation. I have already explained to the officer who called what went on with those two.

    I just moved to a new building. I met a couple in the building and we have spoken twice. This past saturday, they invited me over to their apartment for drinks. The boyfriend got drunk and smoked too much stuff. He got out of control and asked me ...

    Gregory’s Answer

    If a complaint has been filed and the police want to speak with you, then it is probably time to speak to an attorney. You should NOT speak to the police without a lawyer present. Their job is to investigate, collect evidence and file a complaint. If you speak with them they will use any parts of what you say against you. You will not talk your way out of a charge if they have probable cause. Call a local attorney and follow their advice. If you receive a summons you should definitely hire counsel. The right to remain silent is a constitutional protection. No one can use that against you. Do not lie. Just remain silent.

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  • What should I do if I haven't received a civil demand I was suppose to have been sent?

    I stole from Marshalls and the Loss Prevention employees took down my information. However, no police were called, and the merchandise was returned. The other person I was with received a copy of her sheet stating that she admits to stealing ..etc...

    Gregory’s Answer

    In a shoplifting offense in Massachusetts, the civil demand is completely independent of the criminal charge. When hired to represent clients on Shoplifting charges we typically respond to the civil demand and advise the client not to pay. It is addressed on a case by case basis so this is not advice to ignore it. You should retain an attorney and follow their advice. Even though a 1st offense shoplifting charge for under $100 only carries a fine as the maximum penalty, the consequence of having the charge on your permanent criminal record can be devastating. Massachusetts law does entitle the victim company to make the civil demand, even without merchandise loss, since the merchandise is typically confiscated at the store there really are no demonstrable damages to the victim.

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  • Should I be concerned about getting a DUI and how long do they have to file etc? How do I read the codes on the report?

    I was in a car accident 5 days ago where i was injured pretty significantly. I was less than a quarter mile from my home when it happened. I hit a bump/frost heave that made my car jump. The car swerved and i was having a hard time regaining contr...

    Gregory’s Answer

    The code for alcohol is ETHO.

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  • I was caught shoplifting, but the cops weren't called. Will i still get a letter to apear in court? I already got a civil claim

    So about 2 weeks ago i stupidly took a wallet from marshalls without paying for it. I payed for a few other things and walked out of the store. I was confronted by the LP on the side walk and asked for the wallet back. I gave it too her and she to...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Whlie the $50 Civil Claim is very little, the bigger problem is being charged for Shoplifting. The maximum penalty in MA, for 1st Offense, Under $100, is no more than a fine, it is having the charge on your record that is the real punishment. I strongly recommend you contact an attorney BEFORE you pay the civil demand or before you have any contact with police or court about this. We have saved many many clients not only from having the charge appear on their record, but also saved them from paying any civil penalty. Past success is no guarantee of results in your case, but if you haven't hired an attorney yes, you should at least speak with one directly. Do not post any more information online.

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  • If the mother of my child gave me her debt card and pin to use her card can she press charges against me saying I stole it?

    The mother of my child lives with my family and I. And she gave me her card to take money out to pay a bill for our child and now she is saying I stole from her. Do I need a lawyer and what can happen?

    Gregory’s Answer

    If the police contact you do not answer their questions. They will only record that you did use the card and call it a confession. Do not lie to them, just do not speak with them. If you get a summons or are charged you absolutely should get a lawyer.

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  • Do I need a defense attorney

    I was in a motor vehicle accident. The police seen less than 1 gram of cocaine on car seat, I wasn't arrested but received summons to court for class b possession . Not sure how I should plead or if I'm going to jail, losing license. This is my fi...

    Gregory’s Answer

    As everyone else has advised you, yes you should definitely have a criminal defense attorney represent you. Poss Class B does carry potential jail time and a 1 year loss of license if convicted. With a skilled defense attorney you may very well avoid the conviction. Do not post facts or details of the incident online. If you do not already have an attorney you can call my office. There is no fee for the telephone consultation. You should never be in a criminal court without an attorney. There are too many potential pitfalls that can happen that only your own attorney can protect you from.

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  • Suspended license

    I had a court date for a suspended license but since I took care of it the next day after my license was taken the woman at the hearing said the case was dismissed but I now have a criminal record. My question is if the case was dismissed why do I...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Unfortunately in Massachusetts once you are arraigned on a criminal charge it is entered into your permanent record. You can have a misdemeanor sealed after 5 years and a felony sealed after 10 years by filing an application to the Board of Probation. A judge can order it sealed sooner. I agree with you that it seems incredibly unfair that Dismissals and Not Guulty determinations remain on your permanent record but it is the legislature and not the courts that have determined this. Speak to a lawyer in your area about having your record sealed.

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  • I was arrested and arraigned on a domestic abuse charge. I had fight with wife. She asked for restraining order. Can I fight it?

    I threw a phone against the wall. She called cops. They arrested me. I was arraigned and released on bail. I was arrested in 2006 for a drug offense. I'm not on probation and I've never been arrested for domestic abuse. I have court soon. Wife ask...

    Gregory’s Answer

    Without specific information that you should NOT post online there is no way to predict the eventual outcome of your case. However, Domestic Assault & Battery is taken very seriously by Massachusetts courts. Taking away someone's cell phone can add Intimidation of a Witness and Maliscious Destruction of Personal Property charges as well. You should NEVER be without legal counsel in a criminal court. There are to many things that you can do to further harm yourself without ever realizing it. If you do not already have counsel, contact my office to discuss the specifics of your case. Do NOT post them online. There is no fee for a telephone consultation.

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