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July 2018 Archives

Can you drive under the influence of a prescription medication?

Your doctor recently prescribed a popular sleep aid to help you cope with insomnia. For the past few days, you've slept better, although you still feel groggy in the mornings. Your cup of coffee hasn't yet taken the edge off your drowsiness as you head to work, and before you know it, a police officer pulls you over for crossing the center line. You and other Massachusetts residents may be aware of the potential dangers of driving with a drug in your system that causes sleepiness, but you might not realize that you can also face OUI charges.

What are the consequences of school bullying in Massachusetts?

Adults have legal recourse if someone harasses, discriminates against or physically assaults them at work or in public. Like many parents in Massachusetts, you would want the same protections for your children. Also like many parents, you understand that kids do not always follow the rules or realize that there can be serious consequences for hurting someone else.

New gun law allows seizure of weapon from dangerous person

Massachusetts has some of the nation's strictest gun laws that place significant limits on the rights of individuals to own and carry firearms. The state recently passed a law banning the use of "bump stocks," attachments that can convert a semi-automatic weapon into a completely automatic weapon. Now, Gov. Charlie Baker has signed the "extreme risk protection" bill, also known as a red flag law.

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