Articles Posted in Drug and Gun Crimes

A Lowell District Court judge today dismissed serious firearms charges against Attorney Chris Spring’s client after Attorney Spring successfully argued the stop that led to the discovery of the gun was unconstitutional.  As a result, the defendant will not be subject to the mandatory minimum 18-month jail sentence that accompanies the charges he was facing. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a superior court judge’s decision to suppress more than 100 grams of cocaine discovered during the execution of a search warrant at a New Bedford apartment, concluding that the warrant failed to establish probable cause to believe drugs would be discovered in the defendant’s home.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PonteContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a district court judge correctly suppressed a gun found by Boston police officers during an inventory search of the defendant’s car after a valid motor vehicle stop.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Goncalves-MendezContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today agreed with the Appeals Court that a superior court judge had erroneously ruled a large amount of cocaine has been properly seized by the police.  The SJC’s ruling means the drugs will no longer be admissible at the defendant’s trial and he will likely go free.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Barreto. Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a defendant’s conviction for carrying a loaded firearm, concluding that the evidence was insufficient to prove the defendant knew the gun was loaded.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GraysonContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that while a defendant’s statement to the police should not have been introduced to the jury, the error was harmless and his conviction can therefore stand.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SpringContinue reading ›

A Somerville District Court judge today allowed Attorney Chris Spring’s motion to suppress evidence found during the execution of a search warrant at his client’s apartment, resulting in the dismissal of his case (where he was charged with unlawfully possessing ammunition). Continue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a man’s conviction for unlawfully carrying a firearm, concluding he did not satisfy the definition of a “new Massachusetts resident,” which would have provided him with a legal defense to the crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PaulContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today overturned an involuntary manslaughter conviction against a defendant whose friend died of a drug overdose after shooting heroin provided to him by the defendant.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Carrillo. Continue reading ›

In a split decision, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the gun conviction resulting from a motor vehicle stop by a state trooper in Lawrence.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SilveloContinue reading ›