Intimidation of a Witness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

Intimidation of a Witness is a felony in Massachusetts and the charge can encompass a broad range of actions. In this thirty-minute webinar, Carrie Newton, a Staff Attorney with MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will look G.L. c. 268, § 13B, the 2010 amendments to this statute and recent case law interpreting the statute. The following questions will be answered in this webinar: What is sufficient evidence to show intimidation? What do prosecutors needs to show for a link between the defendant’s act and his intent to intimidate? Where can the defendant be prosecuted?

To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/948405862

 

Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

Massachusetts voters passed Ballot Initiative Three in November 2012 allowing for the use of medical marijuana. On January 1, 2013, physicians began writing prescriptions for patients and on May 8, 2013, the Department of Public Health promulgated regulations regarding the use of medical marijuana. However, there are currently no registered marijuana dispensaries in the state, nor is there an online patient registration system, yet it is legal for a patient to possess up to ten ounces of marijuana on their person at a time. MDAA's vehicular crimes staff attorney, Andrea Nardone, will go over the current state of the medical marijuana program in Massachusetts, what we can expect in the future, and what impact this will have on the criminal justice system.

To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/565158558

 

Decriminalization of Marijuana and the Impact on the Law of Search and Seizure

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

In November, 2008, Massachusetts voters passed Ballot Initiative Two decriminalizing the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. Now under G.L. c. 94C, § 32L, possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a civil offense and the marijuana is subject to forfeiture. Since then, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court have analyzed the ability of police officers to search and seize for marijuana and evidence of marijuana use. The MDAA Motor Vehicles Staff Attorney, Andrea Nardone, will give an overview of how these decisions have shaped the search and seizure law and detail what is and is not allowable to help prosecutors effectively combat defense challenges in court. NOTE: This webinar was previously offered on August 6, 2014.

To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/191950534