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Nicole Colby Longton, Attorney at Law
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Thank you Boston Magazine for this honor- 10 years in a row!
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Ignition interlock requirements in Massachusetts
Check out this article about ignition interlock devices and when drivers in Massachusetts may be required to use one. When this occurs, drivers are required to schedule the installation of the device, maintain it properly, pay all related fees and refrain from tampering with its operation. Since the requirement to use an IID is just one of many OUI penalties, drivers may benefit from speaking with an attorney following an arrest.
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Thank you to Boston Magazine and my clients and colleagues for your continued support!
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Motion to Dismiss Allowed - All Charges DISMISSED

After a minor outpatient procedure, Client filled a prescription at a local pharmacy. She was planning to run errands, so as she was leaving the pharmacy, she handed the prescription to her boyfriend to bring home to their apartment with him.

At the same time and place, a police oficer was conducting surveillance of the pharmacy. When he saw the client hand the prescription to her boyfriend, he approached them. While they were detained he called the pharmacy to determine if the boyfriend had a prescription filled. When he learned there was no prescription on file for the boyfriend, he conducted a full search of their persons, and arrested them. Client was charged with conspiracy and distribution of a controlled substance.

I am pleased to report that after filing a motion to dismiss and memorandum and arguing the matter at a hearing, all charges against my client were dismissed. Based on our successful motion, the charges were dismissed against her boyfriend as well (even though her boyfriend's lawyer didn't file a motion or go to court that day!)

My client and her boyfriend both look forward to putting this matter behind them.
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What affects the accuracy of eyewitness testimony?
Take a look at this article about eyewitness testimony. Read more to learn about the factors that may affect the reliability of eyewitness identifications. The human mind is not a video recorder, and thus, there are numerous factors that may impact how people perceive and recall events. Estimator variables, or things that the criminal justice system cannot control, may contribute to eyewitness misidentifications. So too may system variables, or factors that the criminal justice system can control. As a result of these factors, eyewitness inaccuracies may lead to wrongful convictions.
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Many thanks to Super Lawyers - New England for selecting me as a Rising Star in Criminal Defense for the 7th year in a row (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). This award is given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in the state and is published annually in Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition and in Boston Magazine. Thank you to my family, friends and many loyal clients for your continued support and referrals!

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OUI Penalties in Massachusetts
Residents in Worcester, Massachusetts, who find themselves facing OUI charges should click here to get critical information about some potential penalties. The state has increased the consequences relating to loss of driving privileges for people convicted of operating under the influence. Learn what these penalties are and how to seek help after a drunk driving arrest.
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On Monday May 4, 2015, I was sworn in to the United States Supreme Court. What an amazing opportunity!
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Many thanks to my clients and colleagues for your continued support!
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Clerk's Hearing - All Charges Dismissed
 
Client's perfect record and long-term professional employment were threatened as a result of an incident last fall. Client was sitting in his parked car with his wife, waiting to pick up a family member. They had their windows down and watched as a group of teenagers walked by. Seconds later, they heard a crash and realized that these teens were throwing rocks and other things at their car. Client told wife to call the police and then got out of the car to confront the teens. The teens began running. Client chased after them, and finally caught up with one teen who threw the rock. The officers eventually arrived and teen alleged that the Client had assaulted him and pushed him to the ground. The Client immediately explained that he never assaulted the teen. As is very common with "he said, he said" type situations, the officers initiated charges against both the Client (District Court), and the teen (Juvenile Court).
 
Client stood to lose his perfect record and his career if the complaint issued. Client hired me and we immediately began to gather supporting evidence, including witness statements from neighbors that flatly contradicted the teens' story. At the hearing, all charges were dismissed. Client's record is clear and his job is secure.
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