The Importance of Having a Lawyer for a Magistrate Hearing

Attorney John B. Seed has helped clients from all over the Boston area fight DUI, DWI, OUI, firearms, and other charges for years. Experienced, dedicated, and professional, Attorney Seed’s patient, thorough approach to cases ensure clients receive the best possible outcome, while understanding each step of the case along the way. Even if you’re a college student under fire for throwing a raucous party, Attorney Seed can help! And in addition to fighting charges made by law enforcement officers, Attorney Seed helps defend clients during clerk magistrate hearings.

In some instances, if a person is charged with a misdemeanor not committed in the presence of a police officer, a summons is issued for said person to appear at a clerk magistrate hearing. Just because a clerk magistrate hearing isn’t a full-blown trial doesn’t mean you should treat it any less seriously. There’s never an instance where you can or should be expected to represent yourself. If you’re in the Boston area and recently received a summons to appear as a defendant at a clerk magistrate hearing for any reason, contact Attorney Seed today. He works with every client to discuss the facts and circumstances surrounding the hearing, and will help you make informed decisions on how to best approach the case.

Clerk magistrate hearings are a special opportunity for the person accused to prevent him or herself from having a damaging criminal record. Take full advantage of this by getting in touch with Attorney John B. Seed today. To reach the practice, call (857) 251-5482 or visit the website to schedule your appointment.

Zealous Advocacy for College Students

College students love to drink, dance, and have a good time, and college kids in the Boston area are certainly no exception. Unfortunately this often leads to irresponsible behavior, run-ins with law enforcement, and unintentional law breaking. Younger people who have been arrested, been sent to a hearing, or charged with a crime often feel alone and vulnerable – and law enforcement officers know this. If you are a college student who has recently been charged with a crime, know that you do not have to go through this by yourself! No matter how serious the circumstances, contact Attorney John B. Seed today. His experience as a seasoned criminal defense attorney will ensure you receive the best possible service, personalized attention, and legal defense you need to fight any charge that has been made against you.

Yes, more often than not, students have found themselves charged with Disrupting the Peace, Noise Violations, and/or “Being a Keeper of a Noisy and Disorderly home.” Essentially, these are just complaints about parties that got a little too loud for the neighbors to put up with. In these instances, Attorney Seed will help students resolve allegations during a simple clerk magistrate hearing. However, more serious charges have been brought against a number of Attorney Seed’s clients, including Armed Robbery, OUI/DUI drunk driving, Assault and Battery, and Larceny charges. Given his proven track record of success with clients of all ages (and across a number of criminal charges), professionalism, expertise, and dedication to receiving the optimal result for the client, Attorney Seed is the first person to call if you’re a college student that has been charged with a crime.

Even if a charge seems frivolous, the impact a criminal charge can have on a record may cripple professional opportunities in one’s future. No one should handle this alone. If you or a college student you know has been charged with a crime in the Boston area, contact the office of Attorney John B. Seed today! Visit the firm’s website or call (857) 251-5482 to learn more about how he helps protect college students.

Firearm Charges in MA

There are a wide range of Massachusetts’ state laws pertaining to firearms. As defined by MA legislature, the term “firearm” itself refers to “a pistol, revolver, or other weapon of any description, loaded or unloaded, from which a shot or bullet can be discharged,” and that has a barrel measured at 16 or 18 inches, depending on the individual device. The laws may be complex, but fortunately OUI expert Attorney John B. Seed is in the Boston area to help clients avoid possible firearms charges.

After all, whether or not one is an official resident of MA does not matter in the eyes of the law; if a person owns a firearm, it MUST be lawfully obtained and officially registered – no exceptions. Illegal possession of a firearm extends to every aspect of possession not aligned with these careful measures; therefore, owning and operating a firearm without a permit, having a machine gun or a sawed-off shotgun not provided by law, or knowingly maintaining a firearm under one’s control in a motor vehicle, will all harm a person potentially charged with a firearms-related crime. Carrying an unlicensed firearm anywhere carries with it a minimum mandatory sentence of 18 months, and a maximum of 2.5 years in jail, or up to five in a state prison. Standard procedure of today’s prosecutors is to request a sizable bail, typically $10,000, at the minimum.

If charged with a gun crime in the state of Massachusetts and then found guilty, a person is unquestionably facing jail time. Why risk this outcome? Hire an experienced attorney, one who has had experienced success with gun charges, first as a prosecutor, and now as a defense attorney, to protect yourself from a damaging felony charge.

Motions to Suppress Evidence

Boston’s Attorney John B. Seed is an expert at understanding how to best utilize the judicial system to help his clients in the case of DUI, DWI, or OUI misdemeanors.

Here he explains what Boston drivers need to know about filing motions to suppress evidence and how it helps:

Evidentiary motions to suppress can be filed in any criminal case where the defense is trying to suppress or exclude certain evidence from being used against the defendant at trial. The result of this motion is determined at  a “motion to suppress” hearing, which involves live testimony from police officers, similar to a trial, except that they focus on simply one or a couple of key issues, instead of the entire event. If this motion is successful, then the district attorney cannot use the excluded evidence against the client at trial.

For example, Attorney John B. Seed may motion to suppress the breath test from trial because police did not follow proper procedure in taking the test from his client. Or, in both DUI and drug-related cases, Attorney John B. Seed will typically file a motion to suppress the motor vehicle stop itself. If he can prove the stop of the client’s car was illegal, then the stop as well as any evidence found after the stop is suppressed from evidence. In those instances, the cases are usually dismissed as all of the relevant evidence has been excluded.

Finally, another common motion to suppress is the motion to suppress the exit order. Attorney John B. Seed uses this most often in drug and gun cases that involve the use of a car. He argues that his client should not have been told to exit the car. If this motion is successful, the case is most often dismissed, as (again) all of the evidence that follows will be excluded as the exit order itself was illegal.