Articles Posted in Motor Vehicle Crimes

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday upheld a defendant’s conviction for defrauding an insurance company after the defendant lied about hitting an animal with his car.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DriscollContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today determined that a motorist had been properly stopped pursuant to a sobriety roadblock, despite the fact that several of the police officers had not performed their duties pursuant to the operations plan.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BakerContinue Reading

In a horrible decision delivered today, a divided panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed a woman’s conviction for operating under the influence of alcohol, despite an egregious error made by the trial judge.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. GallagherContinue Reading

A Concord District Court judge recently agreed with Attorney Chris Spring that the sobriety roadblock regulations used to stop and seize his client were unconstitutional.  Therefore, it was unlawful for the police to pull over Attorney Spring’s client and all of the evidence against him will be suppressed.  Unless the Commonwealth appeals the judge’s ruling (and the Appeals Court reverses the decision), the case will need to be dismissed. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a woman’s conviction for operating under the influence of alcohol, ruling her medical records from an ambulance company and a hospital were properly admitted at her trial.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. PalaciosContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the dismissal of a drunk driving charge against a defendant who was not properly served with a citation at the time of alleged crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BurnhamContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a district court judge’s verdicts that a defendant was not guilty of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol but guilty of carrying a loaded firearm while under the influence of alcohol.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. VeronneauContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that when a driver is suspected of operating under the influence of alcohol and agrees to blow the Breathalyzer, her inability to provide a valid sample will be shared with the jury.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AdonsotoContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the manslaughter conviction against an illegal immigrant from Ecuador in a case that drew widespread media attention at the time of the crime.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Guaman. Continue Reading