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Do new laws help those charged with Massachusetts theft crimes?

Many Massachusetts residents are aware that two new bills propose significant changes to existing criminal laws. The bills recently passed through the Legislature, and will now go before the governor for signature. That could lead to changes that could help those charged with theft crimes in the state of Massachusetts.

One positive change would be an increase in the age at which a child can be charged and tried in juvenile court. Currently, that age is 7, but the new law would increase the age to 12. Many believe that kids who go into the system at a young age have a very difficult path to a better life as adults. 

Another change allows individuals who committed minor crimes prior to the age of 21 to have those records expunged. Expungement is also possible for crimes committed in the past that would no longer be considered criminal matters, such as crimes related to the use or possession of marijuana. This is a significant development, as many people have trouble finding gainful employment or attaining admission to college based on an existing criminal record. Expungement is a powerful tool that people can use to reshape their lives. 

For those in Massachusetts who could benefit from these changes, it's important to take swift legal action as soon as possible. Working with a criminal law attorney can help people move beyond theft crimes and other minor matters, and make the most of the opportunities presented to them. That can make all the difference in the course they take for the remainder of their lives.  

Source: wbur.org, "7 Key Provisions Of The Criminal Justice Bill", Steve Brown, April 6, 2018

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