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Is drug addiction destroying your loved one's future?

If your son or daughter has fallen into a life of addiction, you may spend many hours remembering innocent, happy times. Of course, no one plans to become an addict, and no one expects to watch a loved one caught up in the deadly world of drugs and crime.

Different violent crimes have different consequences

Criminal matters involving death can have severe consequences for those accused. Convictions can mean lengthy prison sentences, fines and a lifelong impact in the form of a criminal record. However, some Massachusetts defendants accused of committing violent crimes -- such as manslaughter or murder -- are unsure of why they have been charged with specific crimes, which can complicate matters when it comes to preparing a defense.

Mandatory minimums for drug crimes could soon be in the past

The law can be an ever-changing entity, constantly being updated, changed and added to. Not only are new laws signed into effect and old ones repealed, but the consequences for existing laws are sometimes adjusted to more closely reflect current times. Some believe that Massachusetts is close to making a significant change -- eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes.

Year-long theft crimes investigation lead to woman's arrest

Criminal charges for theft can fall into either misdemeanor or felony categories, which is usually dependent upon the value of items allegedly taken. A Massachusetts woman is facing felony charges for alleged theft crimes related to equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars that occurred at her place of work. She has since posted $25,000 bail and is awaiting upcoming court proceedings.

Grey's Anatomy star temporarily settles family law matters

One of the stars of the popular TV show "Grey's Anatomy" recently finalized what had been a contentious divorce. Jesse Williams agreed to pay child support and alimony as part of the resolution, both of which are common family law outcomes in Massachusetts. He and his ex-wife also reached a temporary custody arrangement regarding their two children.

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