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Patrick T. Donovan

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  • Difference between class a and b

    Let's say I got found with Percocet and get charged with trafficking of a class a substance, isn't Percocet a class b substance? How does this work?

    Patrick’s Answer

    Drug classes are set out in the Massachusetts General Laws

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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...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Unfortunately you still need to worry. The civil demand is entirely different than a criminal complaint. The store may inform thee police who then may apply for criminal charges. The police would need to bring the paperwork to the court and then the court would schedule a hearing. Two weeks is not a lot of time so I do not think you are out of the wood quite yet.
    As for the civil demand I usually advise clients to ignore them because I have yet to see the lawyers wjo demand them actually sue a person to collect.
    Hope that helps

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  • Is there anyway to beat a stop sign violation in Massachusetts when in fact you didn't stop.

    But had a clear view that there wasn't any on coming traffic in there intersection at the time of said violation.

    Patrick’s Answer

    First It is never ridiculous as an another claimed to fight a ticket. Never Never Never. I believe that advice is just wrong.
    The answer to your question is yes. You SHOULD fight this ticket.
    Did you know that you may face license consequences, lose your good driving discount and see a surcharge on your insurance if you just pay the ticket. Did you know that clerks consider good driving when ruling on CMVI appeals. Did you know that the police must present a ticket to the clerk and if they lose it they cannot present their case. Did you know that the police officer who gave the ticket must be present at a judge's appeal. Did you know that the police must report the ticket to the Merit Rating Board with a certain amount of days or the ticket MUST be dismissed. Did you know that the signage must comply with state standards.
    An experienced attorney can help you present the best argument to the Clerk or Judge. Also an experienced attorney can check to ensure that the police complied with all required procedures when the ticket was issued. An attorney can help to look to see if the signage was properly placed. An attorney can question the officer, remember the burden to prove that you ran the stop sign is on the police and your have every right to hold them to their burden.
    That is what lawyers do whether it is a murder case or a speeding ticket.

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  • Do i need an attorney?

    I am on court probation and accused of petty theft but have no prior history or charges of theft of any kind what might happen?

    Patrick’s Answer

    If you have to go to court you need a lawyer.

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  • Can i renew my reidence card

    in 1993 i was accused for attempted sale of controlled substance 3rd degree pl my attorney told me to plead guilty for a 20 dollar i was fine 1000 dollars and hasd probatiobn

    Patrick’s Answer

    You need to speak with an immigration lawyer

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  • Seat belt "fastening" in Massachusetts

    I am a Massachusetts resident. Can I use a seat belt that only extends across the waist / lap area or must I use a belt that extends both across the waist / lap area *and* across the upper torso? Thank-You.

    Patrick’s Answer

    I don't believe that violates the law.

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  • Caught shoplifting but haven't been fined yet. Should I be worried?

    I was caught shoplifting at Kohl's over three weeks ago. I returned the earrings (worth $14) and signed the trespassing papers. They said they would contact me and I'd have to pay a fine, but I haven't heard from them. It's been over three weeks. ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    You can still be summons to court. Your not out of the woods yet.

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  • What are considered evidences that are enough to find me guilty in court?

    I know the basics which include fingerprints, objects, pictures, etc. But what about witness's written statments, officers/witness's/victims placing the suspect at the scene (I was there but I did not commit the charges). I was charged with misde...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Probably the officers' testimony was enough.

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  • I got a dry and reckless 2 years ago is there a way to clear that from my DMV records

    Thank you

    Patrick’s Answer

    Most likely the answer is no.

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  • Do I have to pay a civil demand from Micheal Ira Asen from Wall-Mart?

    I shoplifted about 30$ worth of merchandise from Wall-Mart in Illinois. I went to court already and I was sentenced to 24 hours of community service hours., currently doing them. This was my first time ever having trouble with the law, I'm 18. Kno...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Talk a lawyer. Most times it costs more than $300 money to enforce the demand.

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