Opiate & Heroin Epidemic

Since 2012, more than 700 individuals in the state of Massachusetts have died of an opiate overdose, most of which include heroin. In December alone, nearly 58 deaths we confirmed by the Massachusetts State Police and that number seems to be increasing daily.

The recent revival in the heroin epidemic has raised serious concerns throughout the Northeast, especially in Massachusetts where the death rate has risen significantly since 2000. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in 2000, Massachusetts had an opioid related death rate of 363. By 2011, the number had increased significantly to 642, and two years later was up to 860.

This devastating epidemic can create a terrible situation for not only the individuals involved but their families as well. In 2013, the Obama administration put a number of funds and resources into fighting the nation’s overall drug problem. The administration felt that this problem was more of a public health issue rather than a criminal problem.

The Massachusetts State Police have been working with the DEA to crack down on the epidemic and focus on the illegal drug trade that is occurring throughout the Northeast Region of the United States. Massachusetts has also put a large number of resources into helping with addiction as well, offering a number of affordable counseling and treatment options for recovering addicts.

Attorney Seed has worked with many clients and their families to help them get their lives back while going through the recovery process of addiction. Many times, heroin addicts find themselves facing charges they’ve picked up trying to feed their addiction. Most often, they are charged with drug or larceny related offenses. Attorney Seed has worked hard to assist his clients in finding their sobriety first, and then handling the court matters.

Often times, Assistant District Attorneys across the state will look to incarcerate addicts to get them off the street. That does not solve the problem. The disease of addiction needs to be treated and monitored – through the court system and not the sheriff’s department. Attorney Seed has been able to propel many clients forward and out of the cyclical life of addiction and keep them out of prison.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a heroin related incident or is suffering from addiction, contact Attorney John B. Seed today. We offer free legal consultations for all of our clients in the State of Massachusetts.

Drunk Driving, is it Really Worth the Risk?

Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of Alcohol is often a very serious offense in the state of Massachusetts. If the operator has a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater, then they are unable to effectively operate a motor vehicle. Being convicted with an OUI can have serious lifelong consequences and can often be a very expensive endeavor.

Attorney John B. Seed works to fight for every OUI case and get the results the client needs. With experience on both sides of the law, Attorney Seed has the knowledge and experience to defend each of his clients the most effective way possible. Attorney Seed has litigated over 700 individual OUI cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney.

Generally OUI offenses fall into three categories

  • 1st Offense: jail time up to 30 months, suspended license for one year, and a fine of $500 to $5000. Alternative disposition: case is Continued without a Finding of Guilt (CWOF) for one year. Client must enter and complete 40 hours of alcohol education and license suspension not less than 45 days, not more than 90 days with hardship license eligibility three business days after plea deal.
  • 2nd Offense: mandatory jail time of at least 60 days, loss of license for two years, and a fine of $600 to $10,000. Alternative disposition: suspended jail sentence for two years of probation with a 14 days inpatient program.
  • 3rd Offense: Felony – jail time of at least 180 days minimum mandatory, or up to 5 years in State Prison, 8 year license suspension, and a fine of $1,500
  • 4th Offense: jail time of at least 2 years minimum mandatory, or up to 5 years in State Prison; 10 year license suspension, and a fine of $1,500 to $25,000.
  • 5th Offense: minimum mandatory 2.5 years in jail or up to 5 years in State Prison, permanent license suspension, and a fine of $2,000 to $50,000

When calculating how many drinks one can consume and operate a motor vehicle, there are a number of factors to consider. For example, the physical attributes of the individual, how many drinks the individual has consumed, what type of drinks being consumed and how much a person has eaten that day. The best and most effective way to ensure your BAC is not over the legal limit is to simply avoid drinking and driving.

Every day it is calculated that nearly 300,000 people operate a motor vehicle intoxicated, but only 4,000 of the 300,000 are arrested. Though that number seems small, it is better to be safe and not drink and drive then risk the chance of endangering not only your life, but the lives around you.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an OUI and needs a quality and reliable defense attorney, contact the Law Offices of John B. Seed at 978-352-0384.

 

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.