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Steven J. Topazio
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Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Steven J. Topazio serving Boston for over 20 years.
Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Steven J. Topazio serving Boston for over 20 years.

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East Boston District Court charges of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest resolved by way of pretrial probation.  A disposition by way of pretrial probation is an excellent resolution of a criminal case that avoids the risks of a trial and a possible criminal conviction, but can only be granted if the district attorney consents.  Although utilized on a limited basis, the disposition is in essence a delayed dismissal.  Under Massachusetts law, a court may, before trial and before a plea of guilty, place any person charged with a crime on pretrial probation for such time and upon such conditions as it deems proper.  At the end of the pretrial probationary period the charges will be dismissed.  The benefit of this disposition is if the client should violate the terms of his pretrial probation; instead of facing a potential probation surrender proceeding the case is rather restored to the trial list where it would proceed in the regular course.  
http://www.topaziolaw.com/

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Great day in the Chelsea District Court.  Two day Jury trial on a Malicious Destruction of Property over $250 charge where client was captured on video surveillance keying a motor vehicle.  Prosecution presented its case as a slam dunk but the defense punched holes through the identification process.  The Jury was out for two days and reported to the judge that it was deadlocked.  To the Judge's credit, he gave a Tuey-Rodriguez charge to prompt the jury to keep deliberating so as to return a verdict.  There is no greater feeling once the foreperson is asked if the jury has reached a verdict and says yes it has and then say those two words that you have fought so hard for, Not Guilty.   
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Probation violation proceedings are taken seriously in Massachusetts where judges want accountability from convicted defendants who violate the terms of their probation after given the benefit of probation. Restrained by case law which strips judges of discretion to impose a sentence other than the original suspended sentence, it is gratifying when a probation officer acknowledges the severity level of the violation and recommends terminating probation early rather than requesting the imposition of a suspended sentence.  This result was obtained today for a client in the Boston Municipal Court Central.  

For probation violation questions visit us at http://www.topaziolaw.com/  

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When Massachusetts Increased the Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to Include 17-Year-Olds, it also created a defense to every existing adult court case involving 17-year- olds whose cases were still pending on the effective date of the new legislation
On
September 18, 2013, An Act to Expand Juvenile Jurisdiction, Increase Public
Safety and Protect Children from Harm was signed into law by Governor Deval
Patrick. St. 2013, c. 84 ( https://malegislature.gov/Laws/Acts/2013 ), extending the
Juvenile Court’s ...

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Great Lawyer!! Posted by shikeba, a Civil Rights client, 5 months ago. Avvo Review: 

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Finding the Right Boston Criminal Attorney
Finding
yourself in the position that you need to hire an attorney is not only a
difficult time, but it can also be very frustrating. In your quest to find the
perfect Boston Criminal Attorney, the first thing that you need to do is meet
with a few that spe...
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