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Oxford Comma Case

Though he practices criminal defense, Attorney Henry Fasoldt has an interest in grammar, usage, and punctuation. In the world of punctuation debates, no issue is more controversial than the “Oxford Comma.” It is of such note that Vampire… Read More
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What is Human Trafficking?

What is the Crime of Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking = Pimping. Anyone involved in a pimping operation is subject to a human trafficking charge. The term “Human Trafficking” conjures up images of women and children being abducted, held again… Read More
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Murder Investigation Leads Police to Apply for Warrant for Data from Amazon's "Alexa" Voice Service, Amazon Fights Back

Amazon’s Alexa: Data Privacy and Evidence In an ongoing series of debates concerning what level of protection should be granted to customer data, the Amazon company has filed a motion to deny a search warrant for recordings from Amazon Alexa Voice… Read More
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Facebook ban for Sex Offenders in North Carolina - Constitutional?

Facebook Rights for Sex Offenders The Supreme Court case of Packingham v. North Carolina has the potential to significantly influence the way in which Americans access social media. Justices of the Supreme Court during a recent session repeatedly ask… Read More
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Will Self-Driving Vehicles Benefit Drug Traffickers?

As Artificial Intelligence becomes common, here is a probable consequence – Self-driving cars will help the illegal drug trade by eliminating one of law enforcement’s most useful tools – the Motor Vehicle Stop. A Minor Traffic Infra… Read More
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How do I plead the 5th?

The question – how do I plead the 5th? – is asked frequently, typically by witnesses whom do not want to testify in court. Oftentimes the witnesses are scared of retaliation, fearful of being labeled a “rat” or a “snitch… Read More
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What is the Difference Between Being "Charged" and Being "Convicted"?

Oftentimes people confuse being charged with being convicted. Some believe (mistakenly) that once a person is charged with a crime they are guilty; they follow the overly-simple maxim of “where there is smoke there is fire.” These people… Read More
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What is RICO?

RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. The RICO Act became federal law in 1970. The law was enacted as a means for law enforcement to undercut organized crime. Namely, it was designed to reach organized crime figures whom hid… Read More
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What is Statutory Rape?

Statutory Rape in Massachusetts is defined as sexual intercourse with a person under 16. (G.L. c. 265, s. 23) In other words, if you are 16 or over and you have sex with a person under 16, you are committing a crime. The official term for statutory r… Read More
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The police did not read me my Miranda rights, shouldn't the case be dismissed?

No. Your case will not automatically be dismissed if the police did not read you your Miranda rights. This topic comes up frequently in conversations between defense lawyers and defendants. Oftentimes, my clients become upset when they learn that the… Read More
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