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Lawrence James Christopher

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  • I got pulled over by a police officer on a windy/foggy road and crashed into a pole, he gave me a criminal application

    for negligent operation so as to endanger. I was blinded by the bright blue lights, there were no posted signs, he estimated I was going 70 in a 40 (I think I was going about 60), after being on a highway of 55. I thought the limit was 55. Am I go...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Operating to endanger is a misdemeanor in Massachusetts. Have you signed the back of the citation and mailed it into the appropriate district court? You are entitled to a clerks' hearing on this matter, as long as you sign the back of the citation and request a hearing within 4 business days. Make sure you send it to the district court jurisdiction where the citation was written and not to the citation processing center. I advise clients when possible to drop the signed citation off at the district court clerks office, because the clock is ticking. Once you appear before the clerk, you will have an opportunity to present your evidence and show why the complaint should not issue. If you don't respond within four days, the complaint will issue and you will receive a notice to appear for a summons arraignment. I would advise having a lawyer with you at the clerks hearing to present your case on why the complaint should not issue.

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  • I received a criminal citation for driving a car with an expired registration. Do I need a lawyer?

    I got pulled over a cop for driving my lease car with an expired registration and plate. The officer had my car towed, and gave me criminal citation saying that the car is considered uninsured since my registration expired. (90-34J) However, I ha...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Have you signed the back of the citation and mailed it into the appropriate district court? You are entitled to a clerks' hearing on this matter, as long as you sign the back of the citation and request a hearing within 4 business days. Make sure you send it to the district court jurisdiction where the citation was written and not to the citation processing center. If the citation was issued in Revere, you send it to the Chelsea District Court. I advise clients when possible to drop the signed citation off at the district court clerks office, because the clock is ticking. If you don't respond within four days, the complaint will issue and you will be summons for an arraignment. Once you appear before the clerk, just show them the documents that you were properly insured at the time the citation was written. I agree with others that an attorney is helpful, but is not required.

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  • Mass DAE program - first time offender drug testing

    If enrolled in a first time offender DAE class listed on the mass.gov page, do they drug test the participants? If so, do they test specifically for what you were on during OUI or just plain urine screen? It appears online that only multiple offen...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Hello - The only time drug testing will be a term of probation is if the judge ordered it during your plea. Check the " Order of Probation Conditions" that you signed when you were in court and that will have all the terms of your probation. The contract has general conditions of probation that everyone on probation must comply with and there is also special conditions of probation that are used on a case by case basis. Random drug testing is a special condition of probation. If the box that has random drug testing is not checked off, then it will not be an issue.

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  • I am moving on the first but i have an arraignment date on the 11th. is it possible to get my court date moved?

    I am a 23 year old male. The arraignment is for an a/b but the other kid tackled me first, i only hit him once in self defence. He was the drunkest kid at the party, he doesnt even remember what room it happened in. I'm just trying to find out if ...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    If you hire an attorney , you should have no problem changing the arraignment date. I have had clients with similar situations and we moved the arraignment to an earlier date and I have also changed arraignments to dates in the future. It is a summons arraignment, so the court should be accommodating to your attorney. Although you are moving you will still be expected to appear for future court dates until the matter is resolved.

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