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Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer Youth Crime.

Happy 4th everyone from the “Cradle of Liberty” Boston Massachusetts!  During this glorious expression of our great nation there are still problems that need to be addressed.  One that is inherent with this time of year is the equation hotter weather=hotter tempers.  And, obviously there are more people on Boston’s streets because school is out.

Let’s go back 20 years.  At that time the Boston area began innovating a series of public safety strategies.  These particular measures focused on the violent use of guns by juveniles.  From this spawned several programs designed to address the escalating homicide rate by residents in the Commonwealth under the age of 18.  In July 1996 Operation Ceasefire began its implementation.

The problem of crime among Massachusetts’ youth elevates in the summertime.  Often, a young person is accused of a violent crime just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  You may need the services of Massachusetts juvenile violent crime attorney Paul R. Moraski.  Attorney Moraski knows the gravity of the situation and will tackle it full force.  Call him today at (978) 744-1200.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Boston Harborfest 2016

Join Boston's Huge Independence Day Celebration!
Boston Harborfest, the largest Independence Day festival in the United States, celebrates Boston's colonial, Revolutionary War, and maritime history and heritage with fireworks, entertainers, historical reenactments, music, Harbor cruises, walking tours, and Chowderfest - plus a lot more!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Consequences of Probation Violation.

It doesn’t take much.  You or a loved one has been released on probation and you feel free again.  Keep in mind that probation is just what it says it is - and you are on a short leash.  The first thing that must be done in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is to sign a probation contract.  These are the terms and conditions that the judge has set and are NOT open to much if any interpretation.

A typical charge, for example, is possession of a controlled substance.  In a situation such as this a person may be ordered to submit to frequent random drug tests and be drug free at every one of them.  Now if you play fast and loose with this caveat and test “dirty” you may now be subject to extended probation or even jail time!

The idea of probation is to give someone the opportunity to atone for being convicted without doing jail time.  You cannot take this opportunity lightly.  If you or a loved one has been served with an initial surrender notice for violating probation you need to act quickly.  Contact Salem Massachusetts probation violation attorney Paul R. Moraski at (978) 744-1200.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summertime Means More Teenage Crime.

With teenagers out of school the incidence of juvenile crime will probably be on the rise in Massachusetts.  Are you aware that in the Commonwealth you only need to be 17 years old to be tried as an adult?  It may not seem fair, but that is the law.  And, here is an eye-opener…even kids UNDER the age of 17 may be tried as an adult for more serious crimes.

When someone is accused of a crime and they are only in their teens the first and foremost concern should be for their future.  Messing up at an early age does NOT have to be an indictment of a career criminal.  Young people who have been accused have their whole lives in front of them and protecting their criminal record is tantamount.

Attorney Paul R. Moraski knows this.  His primary concern for his juvenile clients is to preserve their dreams of attending college and being a productive member of society.  If you have a teenager in your life who has been arrested count on Boston juvenile crime defender Paul Moraski to defend your kid vigorously.  Call him today and discuss your situation at (978) 744-1200.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ideas for Memorial Day in Boston 2016

10 suggestions for ceremonies, events, plus fun things to do in Boston during this first long summer weekend.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

White Collar Crime in Massachusetts.

Everyone has heard of Bernie Madoff.  His case is bigger than life and we might think that flying below the radar prevents us or loved ones from ever being accused of white collar crime.  Know this, no matter what scale the offense may be law enforcement officers have made it a focal point.  We’re talking US Attorney and the FBI.  The kind of attention NOBODY wants.

White collar crime comes in many forms such as –
1.  Corporate embezzlement.  The big fish in a small pond.
2.  Obstructing justice.  Lying to protect someone will get you in a world of trouble.
3.  Stolen credit cards.  It never pays.  The big companies will always catch up.
4.  Mortgage fraud.  You may feel like you own it, but really the bank does.
5.  Mail fraud.  Yes, it still exists even in this electronic world…and much more.

You must come to terms with the fact that this is NOT a victimless crime like robbery or assault.  If you or a loved one has been arrested take it VERY seriously.  Your first phone call should be to Massachusetts white collar defense attorney Paul R. Moraski.  Call Attorney Moraski any time in Boston at (978) 744-1200.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Criminal Addicts in Massachusetts.

It is estimated that over half of the 2+ million people in U.S. prisons have a clinical addiction.  These statistics come from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.  If the underlying cause of crime is that someone is addicted, then what are we doing as a society to address and start ameliorating that problem?

When someone you love has been accused of a criminal act it is important to understand what was their state of mind when the crime was committed?  In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts there is a special court where defendants who have been proven to have a substance abuse problem are able to be supervised.  Massachusetts now has nearly 30 such drug courts.

Recognizing your options when you or a loved one are accused of committing a crime is essential.  Of course, you need a professional veteran of the court system to understand them all.  That is why your first phone call is to Massachusetts criminal drug court professional Paul R. Moraski.  Being accused of any crime any time demands a call to Attorney Moraski in Boston at (978) 744-1200.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Boston Event Calendar for May 2016

Boston Event Calendar for May 2016
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Check the Boston Event Calendar for May 2016 for fun things to do as spring arrives.  Boston bursts into bloom, and you'll want to be outside soaking up the sun.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Motorcycle Vehicle Crimes in Massachusetts.

Just because you are involved in a traffic offense with a motorcycle does not minimize the exposure.  In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a motor vehicle crime of any kind may be charged as a misdemeanor AND a felony.  That’s right…both!  Now we are talking not only about the suspension of your license, but potential jail time as well.

Once there is a court conviction it is too late to turn back the clock.  The Registry of Motor Vehicles or (RMV) will automatically suspend your driver’s license.  Now you are faced with taking public transportation which may cost you your job and certainly disrupt your family.  The process moves quickly when you are involved in a motorcycle related accident.

Whichever side of the incident you may be on it is imperative to contact an attorney immediately.  Massachusetts motorcycle crime attorney Paul R. Moraski is standing by to hear the particulars of your case.  Whatever else you may think, do not consider this just a misdemeanor until you have talked to Attorney Moraski.  Call him immediately at (978) 744-1200.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What is a Felony in Massachusetts?

By definition a Felony in Massachusetts is a charge that carries a potential penalty of incarceration in a State Prison, as opposed to just Jail, which is often referred to as a House of Correction sentence.  Please note that a crime remaining at the district court level DOES NOT mean that it is only a misdemeanor.  Many people may believe that a case has to have been “bumped” to superior court to be a felony.  That is not necessarily the case.

Let us use larceny as an exception to the rule.  In Massachusetts, a larceny over $250 is considered a felony.  You would think that this automatically carries a five year sentence.  However, more often than not the jurisdiction is confined to district court.  In that particular case the maximum sentence diminishes to two and a half years.

A felony committed anywhere in the Commonwealth can be a very complicated matter.  You need a strong, experienced Boston felony defense attorney to sort it out for you.  That man is attorney Paul R. Moraski.  He has been defending clients against felony and other criminal charges for many years.  Call him today to discuss your case at (978) 744-1200.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Best Spring Festivals Near Boston

Best Spring Festivals Near Boston

"Spring is in the air, and on Sunday, March 20, 2016, the spring season officially begins. In preparation for the blue skies and gradually warming weather, now is the time to make some plans to have some fun and enjoy the wonderful spring festivals happening in and around Boston. There is something for everyone, from music, film and Japanese culture to a beer festival with a horticultural element. Join in the fun and check out these spring festivals in the Boston area" - Click the link above.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A 209A Massachusetts Restraining Order.

It hits you out of the blue.  Suddenly you are prevented by someone who in the past has been near and dear to you from being in your presence.  They may feel that they need to protect themselves and loved ones from someone whose behavior has become unstable in their opinion.  The burden of proof to file a 10-day restraining order is extremely low and mostly based on one’s good word.

If you live in the Commonwealth you need to be aware of the 209A restraining order.  Anyone who violates this order of projection in ANY way is subject to jail time and fines.  This will also be a part of the violator’s personal criminal record.  As soon as this order has been served you need to immediately get on the phone and hire an experienced attorney in defending these matters.

Massachusetts restraining order defense attorney, Paul R. Moraski has the experience to defend your side of the issue.  Most of the time you have only 10 days to keep the temporary order from becoming permanent.  Someone who is as experienced as Attorney Moraski will investigate, talk to witnesses, and gather documents on your behalf.  You do not have even one day to waste!  Call Attorney Paul Moraski today at (978) 744-1200.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

White Collar Fraud in Massachusetts.

Here is a topic that is on television and in the movies with great regularity.  Did you see the Bernie Madoff mini-series?  On the surface, white collar theft may seem innocuous compared to violent crimes but as you have seen, thousands of people and millions of dollars may be at stake.  You can be sure that White Collar Crimes are a focal point of law enforcement in the Commonwealth.

There are so many branches of white collar criminality.  For example, public corruption and bribery is a big one.  Stolen credit cards - it has happened to just about all of us is another.  Mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering are also being scrutinized more carefully than ever.  Now we are coming up on the time of year when tax evasion runs rampant.

If you are about to go to war with powerful prosecutors you must find the right attorney to defend you.  Contact Massachusetts white collar defense attorney Paul R. Moraski immediately.  If you have been contacted by authorities or you even suspect that the possibility is in the offing Attorney Moraski is just a phone call away at (978) 744-1200.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

South Asia Showdown 2016

South Asia Showdown 2016

Don't miss the BIGGEST south asian bollywood/fusion competition in the northeast!
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 6:00p - 9:30pm   
John Hancock Hall
180 Berkeley Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Winning a Criminal Defense Case.

Criminal defense is like no other branch of the law.  Losing IS NOT an option.  You must go into a case knowing that you will find a way to win.  Many attorneys tackle criminal defense very differently.  They do not approach each case aggressively.  Some attorneys may even be afraid to take your case for fear of losing.  If there is ANY hesitation run away and find someone else!

In Massachusetts you need to find a lawyer who loves taking criminal cases.  You don’t want some part-timer in criminal defense, but rather someone who makes his living solely in that area of practice.  When you are facing a life-altering criminal charge that includes potential jail time, you need an experienced attorney who will fight for you every step of the way, especially when it goes to trial.

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts attorney Paul R. Moraski will aggressively tackle your case to WIN!  To gather more detailed information on how to begin the process of winning your criminal case in the Commonwealth, visit Attorney Moraski’s website at www.northofbostonlaw.com and call him for a free phone consultation at (978) 744-1200.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Do You Have an Outstanding Warrant?

With the New Year well underway maybe it is time to reassess an old arrest warrant that has been haunting you for some time.  Besides the obvious, old warrants can affect your future in a variety of ways.  Talk about always looking over your shoulder!  You could be pulled over for a very minor traffic violation and BOOM the officer runs your information.

What happens next is that you will be taken into custody without bail until you go in front of a judge or Clerk Magistrate.  This could mean at least a few days in jail and all you have done today is go a few miles over the speed limit or your tail light burned out.  It may sound intense, but this happens over and over again every day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in other US states.

It is time to stop living in the shadows.  Attorney Paul R. Moraski will work with you to remove or recall old Massachusetts arrest warrants.  Best of all, it does not matter wherever you live now, he is ready to help.  To gather more detailed information on how to tackle an old arrest warrant in the Commonwealth, visit Attorney Moraski’s website at www.northofbostonlaw.com and give him a call at (978) 744-1200.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Valentine's Day is just around the corner!

New England Valentine's Day Restaurant Reservations
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Check and Credit Card Fraud.

Now that the holiday season is behind us you or someone you care about may be accused of check or credit card fraud in Massachusetts.  Most of our holiday transactions were done by credit card, and crimes of fraud by credit card holders or someone who may have a card without authorization are very serious matters in the Commonwealth.

When we tell you that law enforcement officers and prosecutors pull out all of the stops to get a conviction we REALLY mean it!  With the technology available to them these days there are sophisticated methods of tracking these cases.  Forgery, identity theft, and credit card fraud are much more traceable than they were years ago.

You need to hire a criminal attorney who does not shy away from a challenge.  If you or someone you know has been accused of check or credit card fraud, seek the same aggressive representation that the prosecutors will muster.  That man in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is Attorney Paul R. Moraski.  Don’t wait another minute.  Call his office at (978) 744-1200 today.

Monday, January 4, 2016

To Be or Not to Be Tried in Court.

Before you go to trial in the state of Massachusetts you need the representation of a great Criminal Attorney who has defended the accused in the Commonwealth for many years.  More often than not a prosecutor, a judge, and/or a district attorney want to expedite a criminal case.  They do so by offering a plea deal.

You, the defendant, may well be adamant about your innocence.  If this is the case your attorney will assess your options and the probability of conviction.  Don’t be stubborn!  Listen to the advice of counsel.  Your attorney can look more dispassionately at the situation and offer the right conclusion that may save you years in prison.

If a plea bargain is what you seek, Massachusetts criminal attorney Paul Moraski has your back.  He and his staff will be familiar with every single detail of your case.  Attorney Moraski is on the job 24/7 to give you every legal advantage at his disposal.  He doesn’t dabble in criminal law, he practices it exclusively.  For the best representation in the Commonwealth, call Attorney Paul Moraski at (978) 397-0011.