Before we dive into the criminal statutes of limitations in Massachusetts, it is important to first understand exactly what a statute of limitations is. 

“A statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum amount of time that parties involved in a dispute have to initiate legal proceedings from the date of an alleged offense, whether civil or criminal. The length of time the statute allows for a victim to bring legal action against the suspected wrong-doer can vary based on the jurisdiction and the nature of the offense.”

What Is the Statute Of Limitations For Pressing Murder And Manslaughter Charges In Boston?

Homicide is one of the most severe charges that someone can face in the state of Massachusetts. Not only can you face extreme consequences, but your freedom can also be taken from you in an instant

Due to the severe nature of these charges, it is imperative to have an experienced attorney on your side. At Toland Law, our attorneys have successfully represented clients charged with homicide in the past. It is crucial to work with a strong attorney, as victims of these crimes (or the loved ones of a murdered victim) can press charges at any time.

Massachusetts law sets time limits for specific crimes. Offenses that aren’t specifically listed in the statute will have a general statute of limitations of six years after the crime, like with civil lawsuits. Murder and manslaughter have no statute of limitations, which means anyone can press charges for murder or manslaughter on behalf of a loved one, even decades after the incident. 

What Is the Statute Of Limitations For Pressing Rape Or Sexual Offense Charges In Boston?

Similar to murder and manslaughter, rape and other forms of sexual assault do not have a statute of limitations for pressing charges. This means a rape or sexual assault victim has the rest of their life to come forward and press charges against you. It does not matter how much time has passed since the alleged incident occurred.

If you are facing a situation where someone is trying to pursue a rape or sexual offense charge against you, you need to hire a Boston attorney as fast as possible. Every sex crime carries the possibility of incarceration and substantial fines. But, these aren’t the only penalties you can face for a sex crime conviction. Under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), individuals who are convicted of certain sexual criminal offenses are required to register as sex offenders. These charges are serious, and you should treat them as such.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Arrested In Boston?

In Massachusetts, if you are convicted of a crime, you may be sentenced to time in the state prison or the county house of correction. If the charges you are facing cannot result in a state prison sentence, it is a misdemeanor. If the charges can result in a state prison sentence, it is considered a felony.

It doesn’t matter if the charge you are facing is a misdemeanor or a felony. Massachusetts is notoriously tough on crime, and you will need the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney if you are to beat these charges.

Paul Toland of Toland Law is a former assistant district attorney who is well known for aggressively fighting for the rights of those charged with anything from misdemeanors to serious felonies in Massachusetts. As your dedicated criminal defense attorney, he can map out how the prosecution will likely build their case against you, giving you the best chance at fighting the charges.

How Much Does It Cost To Consult With A Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Not all Boston criminal defense lawyers offer a free consultation for those accused of criminal charges. Toland Law, however, offers a free criminal case evaluation for anyone Massachusetts resident who has been arrested and needs strong legal counsel.

In your free consultation with a Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer, you can expect to discuss the details of your arrest with a qualified attorney. The attorney will ask you questions related to the nature of the case, such as when the crime occurred, what happened, and what exactly you were charged with. Your lawyer will then provide you with sound legal advice for either moving forward with his defense or another area of opportunity for you. Not all Massachusetts criminal defense lawyers will meet with you for free, but Paul Toland does.

Schedule A Free Criminal Case Evaluation With A Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Today

For his criminal law clients, distinguished criminal defense attorney Paul Toland is honored to give his clients a voice to be heard and to provide quality legal solutions that protect your rights and freedom at all times. 

Schedule your free criminal case evaluation with Paul Toland today.

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