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Will a Judge Choose My Sentence If I’m Convicted of a Crime?

Posted on : September 28, 2020, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.
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In the eyes of the law, not all crimes are equal. The seriousness of a criminal charge plays a significant role in penalties; the punishment for less serious crimes usually aren’t as harsh as those that are more serious.  For example, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon will carry stiffer penalties than a charge for […]

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What Are Aggravated Criminal Charges?

Posted on : August 30, 2020, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.
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Determining Criminal Charges There are as many penalties for crimes as there are crimes, and determining how a defendant is charged and ultimately penalized if they are convicted involves the examination of numerous factors. If you’ve been charged with a crime, here’s what you need to know about factors that may put you at risk […]

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What Happens At My Arraignment?

Posted on : July 26, 2020, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.
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After you are arrested, the next step is an arraignment. An arraignment hearing is a legal procedure that establishes the charges against you among other things. It is your Constitutional right to a speedy trial, so the arraignment typically occurs quickly after the arrest. Here’s what you need to know about your arraignment and how […]

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What Does Disorderly Conduct Really Mean?

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