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Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 06, 2012
Nine individuals were arrested at a recent sobriety checkpoint in Norwood, MA. Sobriety checkpoints are places where officials stop every vehicle, or every “x” vehicle on a public road to check and see if the driver is too impaired to drive.  In Massachusetts, checkpoints are conducted year round and have been upheld under both the state and federal constitutions. The purpose of sobriety checkpoints and roadblocks are to deter drunk driving, but studies show that the effectiveness is questionable. If you have been stopped at a sobriety checkpoint for DUI, contact the attorneys at Brooks & Crowley and we can assist you with the complex legal issues, including the constitutionality and the procedure used by officials that surround this type of DUI case.

Thomas Kinkade’s Assets in Dispute

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 03, 2012
The late Thomas Kinkade’s assets are in dispute between his wife and his girlfriend.  He and his wife were legally separated for two years leading up to his death, and he was living with his girlfriend.  His girlfriend has put forth handwritten notes that state that Kinkade bequeathed both his mansion and $10 million dollars to her to ensure her security.  The notes are dated November 18, 2011 and Dec. 11, 2011 and a court will soon determine the authenticity of the notes.  His wife is seeking full control of the estate, valued at $66.3 million dollars.

Shark Sightings on the Cape

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Officials are advising those who spend time on the Cape Cod beaches to be vigilant and keep a watch out for sharks.  Last summer, some Chatham beaches were closed down because of the shark proximity based on the number of seal attacks.  A 15 foot shark, believed to be a Great White Shark was reported about 100 miles from the Chatham shore.  Every year, there are reported shark attacks, many of which are fatal.  Although no Cape Cod beaches are closed yet, swimmers are advised to take extra precautions this summer.  Full story here.


Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 03, 2012
A Salem woman, determined to find cat food was spotted driving on only three tires and without headlights.    The woman had been involved with a hit and run in Beverly, and was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, a second offense.  Later that night she was again spotted in the Beverly area, where an officer pulled her over and she was then arrested and charged again with driving under the influence (still a second offense because there has been no conviction from the first arrest).  Full story here. DUI charges are serious.  In MA, a second offense penalty results in jail for not less than 60 days and not more than 2 ½ years, a fine between $600 and $10,000 dollars, a license suspension for 2 years, and the installation of an ignition interlock device.   The alternative disposition is 2 years probation, a 14 day inpatient alcohol program paid for the defendant, a 2 year license suspension and the installation of an ignition interlock device. If you are facing DUI charges, contact the law offices of Brooks & Crowley to talk to experienced attorneys that can help defend your case.

Possible Once A Day HIV Pill

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 29, 2012
A new “Quad” Pill combines several medications for HIV into one, leading to patients taking fewer pills.  Studies show that after a year of treatment on the “Quad” pill, 88% of patients experienced a suppression of the virus.  The new treatment caused fewer rashes and fewer central nervous system side effects than the standard treatment, nut more nausea.  If the FDA approves the treatment it will be a new option for HIV patients and the decision is expected later this summer.  Officials believe that the new pill will help people take their medications without missing doses and control the virus better, thus leading to longer and healthier lives for HIV patients.

Supreme Court Upholds President Obama’s Health Care Law

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 29, 2012
A 5-4 decision in the United States Supreme Court resulted in President Obama’s health care law’s individual insurance mandate being upheld as a tax.  Under the law, people who do not have health insurance will have to pay 1 percent of their income to the IRS starting in 2014.  If an individual doesn’t maintain health insurance, the consequence will be an additional IRS tax payment.  The new law will give coverage to an estimated 32 million uninsured individuals.  While much of the law will not go into effect until 2014, some parts have already been employed, such as children staying on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26.  In 2014 states will set up their own health insurance exchanges and Americans will have to buy health insurance or pay the 1% penalty to the IRS. Full article here.

Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 29, 2012
While there have been no reported cases of West Nile Virus in Boston this year, a Roslindale mosquito pool has tested positive for the virus.   Public Health Commission officials believe that the high heat and heavy rain are contributing factors to seeing the virus earlier than in previous years. To avoid mosquito bites, people should take extra precaution to wear more clothing with long sleeves and long pants, and using insect repellant while outdoors from dusk until dawn.  To prevent breeding, the board advises people to “turn over unused flower pots, wheelbarrows, garbage cans, remove debris that can clog gutters and trap water, and cover swimming pools when not in use.”  


Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 29, 2012
Aaron Berry, a 24 year old Detroit Lion cornerback, faces DUI charges after he drove his vehicle into parked cars and attempted to flee.  He was arrested close to the scene.  Full story here. If convicted, the penalties for a first offense DUI are not more than 2 ½ years imprisonment in a house of correction, a license suspension of one year, and a $500-$5000 dollar fine.  An alternative disposition is one year of probation, mandatory participation in a 16 week alcohol-drug education program that is paid for by the defendant, and suspension of license for 45-90 days (210 days for drivers under 21), with eligibility for a hardship license right away. If you are facing DUI charges, contact the law offices of Brooks & Crowley and our experienced attorneys can help you explore your legal options.

Heating Up

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 25, 2012
A 31 year old woman faces charges of reckless child endangerment and disorderly conduct for leaving her infant inside the car at a mall this past weekend.  The outside temperatures were in the low 80s and mall security forced open the doors of the car.  Full story here. With temperatures high this summer, individuals should be aware of their children and pets when leaving them in the car.  Temperatures inside a car can reach over 100 degrees and can lead to death.   Children and pets do not know how and are not capable of getting out of the car, so they are left as helpless victims.  Be sure when the weather is hot to not leave your children or pets in your car,  or leave the windows down so air can circulate.

Mass. Lawmakers Try To Save The Cranberries

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 25, 2012
Massachusetts is the second largest producer of cranberries, taking a backseat only to Wisconsin.  Massachusetts U.S. senators joined in a bipartisan effort to help the cranberry growers.  Scott Brown and John Kerry are attempting to prevent cranberry juice cocktails from being added to the list of sugary drinks that may be banned from public schools because of the correlation to childhood obesity.   The senators say they support the goal of the campaign to ban sugary drinks that lead to obesity, but believe an exception should be made for cranberries because of the health benefits that the fruit brings.  See full story here.

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