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OUI, Breathalyzers And Your License

Posted on : January 29, 2015, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

What to do with an OUI and the breathalyzers and the choices that you have to make if you are involved with this sort of thing. The first choice you have is NOT to drive under the influence. If that is how you roll, then you don’t even have to read any further (unless you have […]

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They Both Went Home

Posted on : January 18, 2015, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

One night last week, I was struggling with a touch of insomnia. I just could not shut off the whizzing noise in my head from that day. So, I decided that it was a good night to start watching the entire series of The Office (U.S.), again. This would be the 5th time I have […]

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Courts and Alcoholics (2 tales)

Posted on : January 9, 2015, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

In my 20 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, I have seen that 90-plus percent of the defendants in the district court are there because of alcohol or other substance abuse issues. Not everyone of them is necessarily alcoholic. There is a difference between a “hard drinker” and an alcoholic. The main difference […]

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The Ax Falls In Hampden County

Posted on : January 4, 2015, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

I have successfully removed myself from all politics as they regard district attorney races in Western Massachusetts. It is just too sticky, in my opinion, as a defense attorney. My philosophy is that it really should not concern me, as I will defend my clients with the same zeal, no matter who the district attorney […]

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Buyer’s Remorse For College Students

Posted on : January 1, 2015, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.

I was in the Belchertown District Court last week and happened to take notice of a large stack of papers hanging from the bulletin board that is on the wall outside the courtroom. I went over and flipped through approximately 20 copies of motions to seal criminal records that were filed by college students and […]

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