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ramirez.jpgManny Ramirez, formerly outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, was arrested this morning at his home Florida home on Domestic Violence Charges agains his wife, Juliana Ramirez. He was expected to be arraigned this morning charges of Assault & Battery.

According to the police, Juliana Ramirez alleged that Manny Ramirez hit her with an open hand with enough force to cause her head to hit the headboard of the bed. Police also reported observing visible injuries on Ms. Ramirez’ face, noting that it was red and swollen, and also had a bump on the back of her head.

The former Boston Red Sox player denied the allegations.

Assault & Battery in Massachusetts carries a potential penalty of up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections. In order to be convicted of Assault & Battery, the prosecutor has the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the accused intentionally committed a touching, however slight; that the touching was harmful or offensive; and was committed without justification or excuse.

In many Domestic Violence Cases in Massachusetts, alleged victims of these crimes may also seek to obtain Restraining Orders against the person they claim assaulted them. Restraining Orders are often issued by a judge in the Massachusetts District Courts or the Family Court.

With regard to the issuance of an Emergency Restraining Order, the standard is relatively low, and in many cases, is too easily issued upon the application of the person seeking it. Once an emergency Restraining Order is issued, the defendant would be served but would then be afforded a hearing in order to contest the order, typically 14-15 days following its issuance.

Once a Restraining Order is issued, there could also be many collateral consequences. For example, the order prohibit the person from returning to his/her home; from seeing his/her children; or even include an order to pay temporary child support.

Additionally, if a person violated the terms of a Restraining Order, he/she could also be charged with the additional crime of Violation of Abuse Prevention Order, which carries a penalty of up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Domestic Violence Crimes, including Assault & Battery.

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

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

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Syretta Copeland, 31, was arraigned this morning in Salem District Court for Assault & Battery on a Police Officer, and is also being held in connection with Arson and Attempted Murder Charges arising out of a Dorchester fire last weekend.

According to Beverly Police, Syretta Copeland was arrested at her apartment on an outstanding Boston Police Warrant. Once at the police station, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office alleges that she allegedly became combative during the booking process when she was asked to remove her jewelry. According to police, she allegedly clawed at the officer’s face. Syretta Copeland, however, maintains that she only acted in self-defense as a result of the excessive force used against her by the police.

Meanwhile, Boston Police allege that Syretta Copeland allegedly set the fire to a home on Devon Street in Dorchester, which then spread to another home. Suffolk County prosecutors expect Ms. Copeland to be brought into Dorchester District Court at some point to be formally arraigned on Arson and Attempted Murder Charges.

The Massachusetts Crime of Arson is defined as the willful and malicious burning of a building or dwelling, and is punishable by up to 20 years in state prison.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is an experienced defense attorney available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Major Felony Crimes, including Arson and Attempted Murder.

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

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

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shooting.jpgTyre Wade, 19, was arrested this past week and charged with Massachusetts Gun Crimes Charges for allegedly carrying and shooting at Boston Police Officers. He was charged with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

According to the Boston Police Department, officers were in Roxbury this past week looking for what they described as “gang members known to have outstanding warrants.” At a residence on Slayton Way, police came across several individuals, who allegedly fled upon the arrival of police officers.

One of the men, Tyre Wade, allegedly reached into his waist and pulled out a gun, which then discharged. He was eventually taken in custody and was subsequently arraigned in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court on Gun Charges.

What is unclear is whether Tyre Wade was one of the men believed to have an outstanding default warrant. If not, then Tyre Wade may have have a viable defense in his case in challenging his Search & Seizure.

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

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

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

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Sergio Donatelli, 37, of Woburn, was arrested by Saugus Police on Massachusetts Sex Crimes charges involving allegations of the rape of a child. He has been charged with Rape of a Child, Distribution of Child Pornography, and Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Over 14.

The crime of Rape of a Child involves the forced sexual intercourse with a child under 16, which is punishable with imprisonment to state prison for any term of years, up to life.

As with most Massachusetts Sex Crimes, a conviction for this sex offense would require the person to become subject to Sex Offender Registration; submit his/her DNA to the state database, and could even subject the person to a term of parole supervision for life.

Because of the tremendously severe consequences involved, it is critical that anyone charged with a Sex Crime in Massachusetts consult with a competent sex crimes lawyer. Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation.

Click Here to Contact a Massachusetts Sex Crimes Lawyer or call 617-325-9500.

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Derrick Hunt, 21 of Roxbury, and Jose Maysonet, 19, of Boston, were both arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Intimidation of a Witness in connection with the Murder of Alex Sierra, 18.

Sierra was shot this past weekend in Boston’s South End, allegedly by Ricardo Arias. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Hunt and Maysonet, friends of Arias, allegedly threatened a witness prior to Arias’ arraignment.

In Massachusetts, the crime of Intimidation of a Witness is defined as the attempt to influence or intimidate a witness or to interfere with a criminal investigation. The potential penalty upon conviction for this crime is for any term up to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections; or up to 10 years in state prison.

Intimidation of a Witness was specifically passed to encompass a wide variety of acts that may be interpreted to influence any stage of a criminal proceeding. In recent years, for example, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has defined intimidation as included even pointing a cell phone camera at a witness waiting to testify.

In recent years, prosecutors are more frequently using this statute to charge persons with Intimidation of a Witness if they are interviewed and either lie or mislead police in their criminal investigation.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Crimes, including Intimidation of a Witness.

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

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

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Lawrence Police have arrested Jose Luis Tejada, 40, on Massachusetts Murder Charges following the discovery of a triple murder this morning.

According to Lawrence Police, Tejada allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Milka Rivera, 39, and her two children, Sachary Montanez, 19, and Max Montanez, 16. The bodies were discovered this morning, all in one of the children’s’ bedrooms, after Jose Luis Tejada allegedly approached someone outside the home and stated that he had killed someone.

The witness in turn called the police and Tejada was arrested. Police also reportedly seized a weapon believed to be used the murders outside the home. At this time, Lawrence Police have not revealed any alleged motive for the killings, yet mentioned that they were not aware of any incidents involving the family in the past.

Jose Luis Tejada is scheduled to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Murder Charges tomorrow.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experience in defending Crimes of Violence Charges in Massachusetts, and is available 24/7 for consultation on all 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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perkins.jpgKendrick Perkins, former center for the Boston Celtics, was arrested early this morning in his hometown of Texas on Disorderly Conduct charges.

According to police, officers responded to a club where a large group of men was reported to be rowdy. Although the group of men that were with Perkins reportedly tried to calm him, he became angry and allegedly tried to start a fight.

In Massachusetts, the crime of Disorderly Conduct is punishable with a fine of up to $150 for a first time offender; and up to 6 months in jail for a subsequent offense. The law prohibiting Disorderly Conduct is intended to control that conduct which disturbs the public tranquility or is aimed to alarm or provoke others. Specifically, Disorderly Conduct prohibits the following acts or conduct:

  1. The use of force or violence;
  2. Threats involving the immediate use of force or violence;
  3. Tumultuous behavior that may cause a riotous commotion and excessively unreasonable noise so as to cause a public nuisance; and
  4. Any conduct creating a hazard to public safety or a physically offensive condition by an act that serves no legitimate purpose.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for representation against all Massachusetts Misdemeanor and Major Felony Charges.

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

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

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Arlington pot bust.jpgJonathan M. Pore, of Arlington, was arrested on Massachusetts Drug Charges after Arlington Police found 111 marijuana plants in his home this week. Pore was arraigned this morning in Cambridge District Court and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

According to the Cambridge Police Department and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, the apartment allegedly belonging to Pore was searched yesterday and allegedly found to contain 111 marijuana plants, about 46 pounds, with a reported street value of over $120,000. Police also allegedly seized $6,300 and 3 scales.

It’s unclear whether Jonathan Pore was present when the apartment was searched; whether there were any other occupants present and/or if anyone else resides in the home; nor what led police to focus a drug investigation on Pore and/or the apartment.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in defending persons charged with Massachusetts Drug Crimes, and is available 24/7 for consultation.

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

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

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Pernell Powell, 73, of Boston, was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill a Worcester Assistant District Attorney.

According to federal prosecutors in Boston, Pernell Powell allegedly tried to hire his cellmate and offered him $4,000 to Murder the Worcester County ADA who was prosecuting his case because he was seeking a 4-6 year state prison sentence on his Massachusetts DUI Charges, Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, 5th or Subsequent Offense.

Presumably, the cellmate then relayed the offer to authorities, who then arrested Pernell Powell following an investigation into the allegations. He is expected to be charged and prosecuted in Boston’s federal court.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is availalble 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Felony Charges, including Murder.

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

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

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gps.jpegIn a recent case, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided that GPS monitoring or similar devices may not be added to a probationer as an additional condition of probation without a violation of probation where there is no material change to the defendant’s circumstances.

In the Massachusetts court, probation is a legal resolution of a case that allows the defendant to be released, without incarceration, on the condition that he complies with certain conditions imposed by the sentencing judge. If, however, the defendant violates any of those conditions of probation, a judge may then revoke his probation and commit that person for up to the maximum sentence on the charge for which he was placed on probation.

Where, however, the defendant on probation has complied with his conditions of probation, a judge is then limited with modifying the terms and conditions of the persons probation [without a violation].

With regard to GPS monitoring that was not originally imposed, without a “material change” in the defendants circumstances such cannot be then imposed, as doing so would be “so punitive as to significantly increase the severity of the original probation.”

In other words, even where there is no violation of probation, the defendant’s conditions may be modified, but the modification may not be ‘drastic’ or ‘severe’ and must be in accordance with the underlying terms that were originally imposed and “consistent with the underlying basis for the modification”.

Additionally, specifically with regard to GPS monitoring, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has acknowledged that GPS monitoring and creating ‘exclusion zone’ restricting the defendant from entering severely on a person’s liberty so significantly that it may only be imposed after a finding of a violation of probation.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation on all Massachusetts Major Felony Crimes.

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

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