Best Criminal Defense Lawyers Boston, MA Of 2024 – Forbes

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A criminal case in Massachusetts can be resolved in several ways. Generally, the resolution involves a plea bargain, probation (vs. parole) or incarceration.

A plea bargain involves negotiation between the prosecutor and the criminal defense attorney regarding an individual’s case. Individuals may plead guilty or no contest in exchange for reduced charges or leniency in sentencing.

Probation is often an alternative to incarceration (although probation can also follow incarceration). Individuals remain in the community under supervision, but the terms of probation require regular check-ins with a probation officer, compliance with court restrictions, and upholding the law. If a person violates the terms of their probation, they could face incarceration.

Parole occurs after a person has been incarcerated and is released early, subject to various conditions and restrictions. The actual time served in prison before parole eligibility depends on the nature of the offense and the sentence imposed. However, release on parole is not guaranteed, and parole boards carefully evaluate each case.

Sentencing requirements in Massachusetts consider the crime’s severity, the defendant’s prior criminal record, whether the defendant has shown remorse, whether there were any aggravating or mitigating circumstances surrounding the offense, and the impact of the crime on society at large. Some offenses may carry mandatory minimum sentences, limiting judicial discretion.

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