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What is at stake for high schoolers caught with drugs?

All parents want to imagine that their son or daughter is a responsible and law-abiding young adult. When this proves not to be the case, it can be shocking, to say the least. High schoolers are often susceptible to peer pressure and the pressures of growing up, so youthful indiscretions are hardly uncommon. What happens, though, when law enforcement catches high schoolers with drugs?

Larceny laws in Massachusetts

Larceny is the "taking of someone else's property without the use of force" - this is the main difference between larceny and robbery, which is generally defined as the taking of someone's property with threats, intimidation and force. To be convicted for larceny in Massachusetts, a defendant must have unlawfully taken and carried away someone else's property without that person's consent. They must have also acted with the intent to deprive the owner of the property permanently.

Four grounds for appeal based on harmful error

A previous blog post discussed the process of appealing a criminal conviction or sentence in Massachusetts. Harmless errors - or ones that do not affect the substantial rights of the defendant - will not justify reversal. To justify reversal, the error must have been a harmful error affecting the substantial rights of the defendant.

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