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skinner.jpgA man who worked as a substance abuse counselor was charged in Cambridge District Court this past week on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly attempting to scam clients by promising a reduction in their criminal charges in exchange for a “court fee”.

Greg Skinner was arraigned in Cambridge District Court this week on charges of Larceny Over $250 by False Pretenses.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office alleges that Skinner, in his role as a drug counselor, tried to persuade client he was counseling to pay him a hefty “court fee”, and that he, in exchange would arrange so that their criminal charges would be reduced. He would allegedly tell client that he had connections to the court’s Probation Department and that the charges would be reduced for a fee of $2,750.

This month, prosecutors allege that he attempted to obtain this ridiculous ‘court fee’ from a current client. The client, however, along with his parents, reported him to the Massachusetts State Police, who then arranged a sting operation to confirm the allegations. Thereafter, an undercover state trooper, posing as the client’s mother, allegedly met with Skinner and provided him with the requested $2,750. Once the money was exchanged, Skinner allegedly stated that he had already taken care of the charges.

In reality, the Probation Department really has no leverage, aside from making a strong recommendation, to have anyone’s charges reduced or dismissed. Ultimately, any decision to reduce someone’s charges must either come from the District Attorney’s Office, or upon motion by the defendant directly to the Judge who will ultimately decide whether or not the charges should and/or can be reduced.

The Massachusetts Theft Crime of Larceny from the Person Over $250 is a felony which carries a potential penalty of up to 5 years in state prison.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes, including Larceny from the Person.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Criminal Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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A Boston man was arrested by Cambridge Police earlier this week on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a woman near the Cambridgeside Galleria in Cambridge.

Cambridge Police have arrested Elisee Myrthil, 27, of Hyde Park, and have charged him with Assault with Intent to Rape.

According to police, Myrthil allegedly approached the woman from behind at Canal Park in Cambridge. It is alleged that he pushed her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her. Myrthil was allegedly identified following review of surveillance video that purportedly captured the incident.

The Massachusetts Sex Crime of Assault with Intent to Commit Rape is defined as an assault with the intent to then engage in sexual intercourse without the consent of the other person.

Assault to Rape is a felony in Massachusetts, which is punishable by commitment to state prison for any term of years, up to life imprisonment. Additionally, as with most Massachusetts Sex Crimes, a person convicted of this crime will likely also face other collateral consequences, including Sex Offender Registration; and could dal so be subject to Community Parole Supervision for life and/or may also be civilly committed as a “sexaully dangerous person.”

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experienced in defending persons charged with Massachusetts Sex Crimes such as Assault with Intent to Commit Rape and is available 24/7 for consultation.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Sex Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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A Boston firefighter was arraigned this week in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Violation of a Restraining Order, Threat to Kill, and Intimidation of a Witnesses.

It is alleged that a Michael Costello, of Hyde Park, had been the subject of a restraining order taken out against him by a Boston Police Officer. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Costello allegedly told another officer that he planned to kill the officer who had taken out the restraining order in Quincy District Court.

Following his arraignment, Michael Costello was held on $1,000 police, but was held without bail after his Quincy bail was revoked.

The Massachusetts Crime of Violation of a Restraining Order is a felony which is punishable by up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections. In order to be convicted of this crime, the prosecutor would have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that:

  1. A court has issued an order prohibiting the defendant from abusing or contacting the person;
  2. The order was in effect on the date when the alleged violation occurred;
  3. The defendant had notice of the terms of the order then in effect; and
  4. That the defendant violated that order.

In cases such as these, where the alleged threat was communicated to a third party, the government will have the additional task of proving that the defendant intended the alleged threat to be communicated to the victim.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation for all Massachusetts Misdemeanor and Felony Crimes, including Violation of Abuse Prevention Order; Threat to Commit a Crime; and Intimidation of a Witness.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Criminal Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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donald rudolph.jpgDonald Rudolph, arrested on Massachusetts Murder Charges, was arraigned in Quincy District Court this morning for allegedly killing his mother, Paula Rudolph, her boyfriend, Frederick Medina; and his sister, Caylin Rudolph.

Rudolph was arraigned on 3 counts of 1st Degree Murder and 3 counts of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

According to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, Donald Rudolph allegedly stabbed Frederick Medina to death, cut his throat and then stuffed a baby doll in his mouth. He also allegedly stabbed his sister, Caylin Rudolph, several times; and allegedly beat his mother to death.

Weymouth Police Officers were called to the family’s home last Thursday night after neighbors called police. On arrival, police officers reportedly observed Donald Rudolph to be covered in blood and hiding in the basement. He also allegedly told police “I fucked up…you will see when you go inside the house.”

Following his arraignment in Quincy District Court on Murder Charges, Donald Rudolph was held without bail and sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental competency evaluation.

In Massachusetts, competency evaluations are conducted where there is a question of whether the defendant charged has the mental capacity to participate and assist his attorney in his legal proceedings. If, after evaluation, the court makes a determination that the defendant is not competent, i.e., unable to comprehend the legal proceedings against him and/or that he is unable to help in his defense, then he will be found incompetent.

Under Massachusetts case law, the standard is whether the defendant sufficiently “has the present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding – and whether he has a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him”.

Notably, there is a legal difference between a defend who is found incompetent to stand trial and one who asserts an Insanity Defense. Whereas competency is relative to the defendant’s state of mind at trial or during the criminal proceedings; insanity refers to his state of mind at the time of the alleged crime.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges, including Murder and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Murder Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached directly at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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The Boston Globe reported that Canton Police arrested 2 brothers, one from Dorchester and the other from Quincy, with Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges in connection with the robberies of at least 30 Dunkin Donuts across Massachusetts.

Canton Police arrested Peter Wallace, of Dorchester, and Wayne Wallace, of Quincy, were arraigned in Stoughton District Court on theft charges including Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime to Commit a Felony; Malicious Destruction of Property and Unlawful Possession of Burglarious Tools.

According to the Canton Police Department, the two brothers were arrested in Canton after officers reportedly responded to an alarm at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Canton. The police alleged that responded officers allegedly observed the two brothers taking off their masks and then allegedly attempted to run away.

After chasing them onto I-93 and pulling their car over, Canton Police allege that the two men had evidence in their car, including a crowbar, sledgehammer and screwdriver.

Authorities believe that the Wallace brothers are responsible for at least 30 Dunkin’ Donuts robberies, including those in Boston, Wellesley, Quincy and Braintree.

The Massachusetts Theft Crime of Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime is a felony punishable by up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections or up to 20 years in state prison. In order to be convicted of Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime, the government has the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that:

  1. The defendant broke into a building;
  2. The defendant entered that building;
  3. With the intent to commit a felony; and
  4. Which took place in the nighttime.

Under Massachusetts law, a “breaking” is defined as any physical force, no matter how slight, to forcible remove an object in order to gain entry. Believe it or not, even opening an unlocked door or going through an open window is considered a “breaking”.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges, including Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime; Armed Robbery; Receiving Stolen Property and Larceny from the Person.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Theft Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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A Massachusetts man was in court in Bourne this past week on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges, answering to allegations that he raped and attempted to murder a woman on Cape Cod.

James Pearson, 42, was arrested and charged with Rape and Attempted Murder.

According to the Bourne Police Department, Pearson and the unidentified woman were in an apartment and a neighbor reportedly heard an assault. The woman then reportedly ran to the neighbors apartment door and stated she had been thrown down and kicked in the head several times.

Bourne Police officers allege that James Pearson ran away and initiated a chase through the woods and along the Cape Cod Canal. At his arraignment on these charges, Pearson denied that he ever raped, let alone assaulted, the woman and that it was only an argument.

The Massachusetts Sex Crime of Rape is punishable in state prison for a term of up 20 years. A conviction for rape, however, also subjects the offender to Sex Offender Registration and possibly civil commitment as a ‘sexually dangerous person’.

Following his arraignment in Bourne District Court on these sex crimes charges, Pearson was held without bail.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experience in representing persons charge with Massachusetts Sex Crimes, including Rape, and is available 24/7 for consultation.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Sex Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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Adam Brisbois, 28, of Boston, was arrested at the South Station on Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges yesterday after allegedly selling pills to undercover Boston Police officers.

Brisbois, who was reportedly living at the Occupy Boston camp in Dewey Square, allegedly sold clonodine pills to undercover Boston officers in a bathroom at the South Station bus terminal.

He was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Drugs and is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court this morning.

According to the Boston Police Department, there has been an increase in “drug activity” near the Occupy Boston / South Station area.

The Massachusetts Drug Crime of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance criminalizes the distribution and/or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and is punishable by imprisonment for up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections or up to 10 years in state prison.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Drug Crimes Violations, including Drug Distribution; Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking; and School Zone Drug Violations.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Drug Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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A 26 year old Boston man was arrested this past weekend in Dorchester on Massachusetts Gun Crimes Charges for allegedly carrying a loaded AK-47 assault rifle and allegedly firing a shot into the ground.

Mohamed Ali Bile, of Dorchester, was arrested by Boston Police officers and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm; Unlawful Possession of Ammunition; Carrying a Loaded Firearm; and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston Police Officers responded to an area in Dorchester for a report of “a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt” who had allegedly fired a shot into the ground. Police officers who responded allegedly encountered Bile, who allegedly ran away from the police and jumped fences through several backyards.

Upon his arrest, Mohamed Ali Bile denied that he ever possessed any firearms and allegedly stated that he was running because he thought that someone was trying to shoot at him.

Despite what may appear, according to reports, to be an open and shut case for the government, the reality is that prosecutors will have an uphill proving to a jury that it was Bile who actually possessed weapon and it was he who actually fired the weapon. After all, it does not appear that any witness would be able to identity Bile as the person who possessed the gun; and the police officers never saw him possess/fire the weapon. If the only evidence of ‘consciousness of guilt’ is that he allegedly ‘fled’, then any valid reason presented to a jury might arguably persuade them that there is, in fact, reasonable doubt…

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Gun Crimes, including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Gun Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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Two men have been charged in connection with the Boston Murders of Billie Kee and her boyfriend, Kevin Thomas, that occurred in Hyde Park in July.

Michael T. Corbin and Earl Fulgiam, are both expected to be arraigned on two First Degree Murder Charges as soon as today in the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

According to the Boston Police Department, Billie Kee and Kevin Thomas were murdered inside their Hyde Park apartment this past July. Police had initially represented that witnesses had seen 4 people leave the apartment and that they had dropped guns as they ran away. They also additionally first said that they believed the murders were “drug involved”, yet did not offer any specific details as to any potential motive.

At this time, it’s unclear what exactly led police to focus their investigation on Michael T. Corbin and Earl Fulgiam. One might assume that fingerprints were recovered on the guns found at the scene, though it is actually very difficult to recover fingerprints off of firearms. In fact, in the majority of cases, the Boston Police Crime Lab Unit is unable to recover sufficient ridge detail so as to link any potential fingerprints to any one person.

Without identifiable fingerprints on the alleged murder weapon, then, it would arguably be difficult to establish the either one of these two men pulled the trigger, even if the government can establish that they were present in the apartment…particularly if witnesses reported seeing 4 men leaving…

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges, including First Degree Murder.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Murder Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.

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A 14 year old Boston high school student was arrested this morning on Massachusetts Gun Crimes Charges after he allegedly brought a loaded handgun to West Roxbury High School.

The 9th grade student was charged in West Roxbury Juvenile Court this morning on charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

The Boston high school student was arrested at the West Roxbury Education Complex this morning by Boston School Police when he allegedly tried to avoid the metal detector when entering the school.

Following his arraignment on gun charges, the student was held without bail pending a Dangerousness Hearing.

The Massachusetts Gun Crime of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm is punishable with imprisonment for a minimum-mandatory sentence of not less than 18 months in the House of Corrections and up to 5 years in state prison.

In order to prove unlawful possession of a gun, the prosecutor would have to prove that the defendant possessed or had under his control a firearm. A “firearm” is defined in Massachusetts is a pistol or revolver, loaded or unloaded, from which a bullet can be discharged and which has a barrel length of less than 16 inches.”

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Gun Crimes Charges, including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

To schedule a Free Consultation, Click Here to Contact a Boston Gun Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis may also be reached at lefteris@travayiakis.com.