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How a domestic violence charge/conviction can change your life

If you are accused of assaulting a roommate, family member or romantic partner in Boston, chances are you have a lot of questions on your mind. One of them may concern how a domestic violence charge can affect your life. Whether the allegations are true or not, you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Massachusetts court refines felony murder rule

The English common law has given courts in the United States, both local and federal, many doctrines that are routinely applied in criminal and civil cases. One of the oldest and best known of such rules is the felony murder rule. The rule states that anyone who participates in a felony during which a person is killed is guilty of first degree murder. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently issued an opinion in which it prospectively narrowed the definition of a felony murder.

Helping defendants charged with felonies in Massachusetts

Those defending against a felony charge in Massachusetts face varying punishments depending on the nature of their offense. A conviction for any felony carries serious consequences such as prison time and fines. For example, if convicted of felony drug charges, defendants may be required to serve up to 20 years in prison and pay a $25,000 fine, depending on the type and quantity of drug in their case.

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