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What Does Disorderly Conduct Really Mean?

Posted on : June 22, 2020, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has laws in place that prohibit individuals from being “disorderly,” or engaging in disorderly behavior. However, what does and does not constitute disorderly is largely up to the discretion of the arresting officer.  Without clear definitions of what disorderly conduct is, officers can make arrests at liberty. Here’s what you need […]

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How Do Police Get Consent to Search My Home Legally?

Posted on : May 22, 2020, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

If a police officer believes a crime has been committed in your house, or believes there is evidence in your house that connects you or someone else who lives there to a crime, they may ask to search your home. Do you have the right to refuse? Here’s what you should understand.  Who May Legally […]

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Can I Fight Against Getting a Restraining Order?

Posted on : April 26, 2020, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.
lawyer in Springfield, MA who defends criminal cases

What You Need To Know About Restraining Orders   Often, child abuse, assault, or domestic violence charges also come with a restraining order. If you’ve been issued a restraining order after an alleged violent crime, or because someone has filed one against you, you need to learn about your rights. Here’s how you can protect […]

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In What Ways Will My Car Insurance Be Impacted by an OUI?

Posted on : March 13, 2020, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.
OUI Lawyer in Springfield

One significant impact of an OUI charge is changes to your motor vehicle insurance coverage. Here’s what you need to know about cost, availability, and more.  What Penalties Exist for OUI Convictions in Massachusetts?    An OUI is often considered a misdemeanor, with the exception of aggravated offenses. Despite the lesser charge, the penalties are stiff. […]

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How Does Burden of Proof Affect My Case?

Posted on : February 13, 2020, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

Meeting The Burden Of Proof   In every state in America, prosecutors must be able to meet a certain burden of proof if they wish to convict someone of a crime for which they’ve been accused. For criminal cases, this standard is quite high considering the impact a conviction can have on a person’s life. […]

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