» Blog

What is Bail?

Bail is a mechanism designed to “reasonably assure the appearance of the person before the court.” In other words, it is collateral that guarantees that the defendant shows up for each future court appearance. Bail can be an amount of mon… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

What is an Arraignment?

An arraignment is, typically, a defendant’s first appearance in court before a judge. A defendant comes to court in one of two ways – under arrest, by the police or under summons, on their own. At the arraignment the defendant is formally… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

IN THE NEWS: Court holds Waltham landscaper accused of stabbing former foreman without bail

FROM NEWTON.WICKEDLOCAL.COM: The Waltham man who allegedly stabbed his former landscaping foreman in Newton was ordered held without bail Wednesday, pending trial. Elder Quechel’s attorney, Henry Fasoldt, asked Judge Dyanne Klein to set bail at $2,… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Declares Community Parole Supervision for Life (CPSL) for Sex Offenders Unconstitutional

On June 11, 2014 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled in the case Commonwealth v. Cole that lifetime community parole is unconstitutional. Before this ruling, certain convicted sex offenders were subject to parole for life in which pa… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

What is Parental Kidnapping? How is it Different from Kidnapping?

Parental Kidnapping – referred to as “Kidnapping Minor by a Relative” – is treated less seriously than ordinary Kidnapping. As described in the statute, parental kidnapping includes any relative of the victim. The definition o… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

What is Kidnapping?

When we hear the word “kidnapping”, many of us think of an abduction off the street or of someone being tied-up and stuffed in the trunk of a car. While those scenarios certainly meet the definition of kidnapping, most kidnapping charges… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Considering Constitutionality of Lifetime Parole for Sex Offenders

Is Community Parole Supervision for Life (CPSL) for sex offenders constitutional? Does CPSL violate the Separation of Powers principle? These questions are being considered by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). The issues are best analyz… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

Show-up Identification Procedures are Ripe for Challenge

In a recent case, Attorney Henry Fasoldt successfully argued that the show-up identification procedure used by the police was so “unnecessarily suggestive” that it was unconstitutional. The judge agreed and the Identification made by the… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

Law Change: 17-year-olds Charged with Crimes Now Treated as Juveniles

For many years in Massachusetts 17-year-olds who were charged with committing crimes were charged in adult court. Now, with a recent law change, their cases will be heard in the Juvenile Court. Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill into law on Septe… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

Legal Notes: Commonwealth v. Galvin's Impact on Sentencing

The Case In 2011, Defendant Galvin was indicted for distributing cocaine, and for being a second or subsequent offender in violation of section Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 94C, 32A(d). In 2012, before Defendant’s trial had commenced, the Legislature en… Read More
Read More
Categories: Blog

Contact Us

We stand ready to defend our clients charged with any crime, in any court, anywhere in Massachusetts.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.