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When a person is arrested and taken into custody, law enforcement will prepare a report detailing the alleged offense he or she is suspected of committing. This report may include witness information and will discuss the sequence of events leading up to and during the alleged commission of the crime, as well as any other pertinent information. A copy of this report will be given to the prosecution and to the defense attorney, if the suspect has one at this point. A defendant is usually not given the report to protect the identity of witnesses.
Upon receiving the police report, the prosecution (district attorney, an employee of the government) will determine whether to proceed with formal charges against the suspect. The prosecutor typically has leeway in determining whether to press charges and what type and severity of charges will be filed. He or she may make this determination based on the information at hand and the prosecutor’s experience and legal knowledge of whether filing charges is likely to result in a conviction or plea bargain.
There are approximately 5,000 offenses mentioned in the Massachusetts General Laws, Code of Mass. Regulations, municipal ordinances and by-laws. Prosecutors can use the District Court Complaint Manual for the suggested language and offense codes used to charge defendants with various offenses. Criminal laws are primarily found in Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 263-272. Under these laws, a defendant may face charges under such categories as:
- Crimes against governments, such as government fraud;
- Crimes against the person, such as assault or murder;
- Crimes against property, such as vandalism or theft;
- Forgery and crimes against currency;
- Crimes against public justice, such as perjury;
- Crimes against public peace, such as firearms offenses;
- Crimes against public health, such as selling tobacco to minors;
- Crimes against public policy, such as illegal gambling; and
- Crimes against morality, such as sex with a minor or incest.
Involve a Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer
Do not discount the difference that a skilled defense lawyer in Quincy can make if you are facing criminal charges of any kind. The earlier a legal professional is involved, the more of an impact he or she can make on the outcome of your case and even whether you face formal charges in the first place. With our experience in law enforcement and prosecution, we at Keegan Law are uniquely positioned to provide insightful counsel in the face of the most complex charges. Call a criminal defense attorney at our Boston offices today to see how we can help you.