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Steven John Topazio

Steven Topazio’s Legal Guides

9 total

  • Common Personal Injury Actions

    Personal injury law can involve many different types of claims, theories, and principles. Some of the more common, or interesting, types of personal injury actions include: Animal bitescan result in the animal owner's liability to the person who is bitten or who is injured whil...

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  • How to Seal a Criminal Record in Massachusetts

    Determine whether you qualify to have your criminal record sealed. Once convicted of a crime, you may have to wait 15 years after a felony or 10 years after a misdemeanor before you're allowed to seal a record.

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  • What is Plea Bargaining?

    95% of all cases end in a plea-bargain. Plea-bargaining is an excellent way to avoid a potential stiff conviction in favor of an agreed upon lighter conviction. For instance, in a drug possession case, a judge may be convinced to dismiss the charges in return for the defendant's ...

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  • What is a Probable Cause Hearing?

    When an individual is arrested and charged with a felony offense that doesnt fall within the final jurisdiction of the District Court, the case has to be transferred to the Superior court. The case gets to the Superior Court by way of a probable cause hearing conducted in the Dis...

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  • Understanding Bail

    Bail is a method to get the defendant home during the trial proceedings. It is not a period of time to argue the merits of the case. Bail is an amount of money used by the court to ensure the defendant comes back to court when required to do so. There are typically two factors t...

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  • Differences between Misdemeanors and Felonies

    Consequences for misdemeanors and felony convictions are entirely different. A defendant must understand which crime he has been charged with in order to understand what will happen if convicted. Generally, a misdemeanor crime is punishable by up to two and one half years in the ...

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  • What is an arraignment?

    Arraignment An arraignment is the process by which the defendant is read specific charges against him and to which he enters his plea, usually "not guilty". It is the first step in the criminal proce

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  • How to select a criminal defense attorney.

    First The defense attorney must ethically and actively defend his client. Second The defense attorney must present all options to his client with recommendations and professional opinions. Third The

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  • Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Questions

    Do I ever have to consent to allow police to search my home or car? You never are required to consent to a search by the police. Although you may sometimes be threatened by the thought of being detai

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