Samuel Goldberg has been a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney for 20 years. Prior to that, he was a New York state prosecutor. He has published various articles regarding the practice of criminal law and frequently provides legal analysis on radio and television, appearing on outlets such as the Fox News Channel, Court TV, MSNBC and The BBC Network. To speak to Sam about a criminal matter call (617) 492 3000.

MASSACHUSETTS POLICE CHASE APPREHENDS JUVENILE WITH PROBATION VIOLATIONS

You know how the Boston Criminal Lawyer Bog keep telling you that if the police are after you to stop…you should stop?

Here is yet another example of a young man who did not see it quite that way. Now, he has only increased his criminal justice woes.

Of course, our 16-year-old Westford gent (hereinafter, the “Defendant”) had some outstanding problems t begin with. More specifically, there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest due to a probation violation in a felony matter.

If you are not going contact an experienced criminal defense attorney and arrange your return to court (which you should), it might be wise to lay low for awhile.

He didn’t.

According to law enforcement, he was driving at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour Monday night. First, Westford police tried to flag him down. No go.

The car chase went from Westford to Weston.

Westford police finally requested that Massachusetts State Police in Concord help them track down the Defendant on Route 3. The state troopers gave chase, using of police vehicles as well as overhead support had to be used.

The chase continued to Route 128, the Metro Boston State Police joining the event and on to Route 30. According to police, this is where the chased ended…when the Defendant crashed into a guardrail.

He was then taken into custody.

He was held overnight without bail by police before he went to court.

Attorney Sam’s Take On Police Chases

The Defendant, simply by not stopping in a chase he was destined to lose, has worsened his situation.

First of all, I do not know why probation was violating him beforehand…it may have been something that could easily have been worked out. However, this entire chase was one big moving violation of probation in itself. So, the reasons for surrendering him are fairly strong now.

The Defendant has also added several motor vehicle crimes to his bevy of matters against him. He has also handed the court strong reason why he might not return to court in any of his matters given the length to which he went to not be caught in the first place.

Of course, what he is facing now is not quite as bad as what he could have been facing. First of all, he could have gotten himself killed or badly hurt. Further, he could have injured or killed somebody else. That would have been a vehicular homicide facing him at that point.

“Well, Sam, doesn’t he get consideration for the fact that those things did not happen?”

Absolutely not. His only “consideration” will be that he is not facing the homicide charges. It is also worth pointing out that he did not end up pulling over and giving up… he lost control and crashed.

However these matters end up…his record is going to leave him with allot of explaining to do should he ever apply for school, work, etc.

 
 For the original article upon which this blog is based, please go to http://www.boston.com/Boston/metrodesk/2012/01/state-police-chase-teenager-from-westford-weston-high-speed-pursuit/oxiWZQUJlggQZVNTo24qwM/index.html

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