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Criminal Attorney Bonavita is a skilled litigator with extensive courtroom experience. As a former Criminal Prosecutor for both the Office of the
Attorney General and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, she successfully argued her perspective to either a judge or jury on hundreds of occasions.

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  1. Did you get a ticket? Citation Requirement in Massachusetts.

    Police Requirement to Issue a Motor Vehicle Citation The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently addressed the requirement of police to issue a citation at the scene of a motor vehicle violation.  Specifically, the court in Commonwealth v. O’Leary heard testimony regarding the failure of an office to issue a ticket to the...
  2. Juvenile Court and Associated Criminal Charges

    Juvenile Court and Associated Criminal Charges The Juvenile Court Department is a statewide court with jurisdiction over civil and criminal matters.  It has general jurisdiction over delinquency, children requiring assistance, care and protection petitions, adult contributing to a delinquency of a minor cases, adoption, guardianship, termination of parental rights proceedings,...
  3. Digital Camera Searches without a warrant?

    Digital Camera and cell phone search Can the police search a digital camera or cell phone in the possession of the defendant without a valid warrant? The Court in Commonwealth v. Mauricio decided the answer to that question was “NO”. This decision expands upon the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in...
  4. Minor in Possession of Alcohol

    Is your child being charged with Minor in Possession of Alcohol? Was he or she at a party where alcohol was served and charged with Minor in Possession?  In a vehicle where alcohol was found?  At a park where alcohol was being consumed?  Even if your child did not consume...
  5. Criminal Charge – What to expect.

    What happens when you have a criminal charge?   In order for the prosecution to move forward on a criminal charge they must have probable cause to believe that the alleged crime was committed and that the defendant was the individual committing that offense.  If the criminal charge is a...
  6. Probable Cause Based upon Inference of criminal activity

    Can an Inference of Criminal Activity form the basis of a stop? The Appeals Court of Massachusetts ruled that probable cause for motor vehicle stop could be based upon an inference of criminal activity.  Specifically, in Commonwealth v. Sanders, the Appeals Court determined that an experienced narcotics officer had probable cause...
  7. Operating Under the Influence / OUI in Newburyport

    Arrested or charged with OUI or Operating under Influence in Newburyport? Arrested for Operating Under the Influence or OUI?  Driving under the Influence of alcohol is likely the most frequent case heard in the Newburyport District Court, but what does that mean for you as an individual.  While each case...
  8. Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Second Offense

    Second Offense Operating Under the Influence (OUI) or Cahill Disposition   Are you being charged with a second offense operating under the influence of alcohol in Massachusetts?  Since the implementation of Melanie’s law, Massachusetts is a lifetime lookback state.  That means that even if your first offense was 40 years...
  9. Taking the Breathalyzer or Breath Test

    Breathalyzer implications – Should I take the breath test? The breathalyzer or breath test machine attempts to measure your blood alcohol content by measuring the alcohol molecules contained within your breath. In order to measure your blood alcohol content through a breath test sample, the breathalyzer or machine used by...
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