Not all Massachusetts crimes fall into easily–defined categories. Although many Massachusetts have been enacted by the legislature by way of statute, there are also many crimes that are recognized through what is known as the common law. Common law crimes have been enacted over the years through decisions of judges and the criminal courts, as opposed to enactment by the Massachusetts Legislature.
The penalties for common law crimes can vary depending on whether they are classified as misdemeanors or felony. In Massachusetts, a felony is a crime that is punishable by a state prison sentence of 1 year or greater; and any crime that does not carry a state prison sentence is considered a misdemeanor.
Examples of some Miscellaneous and Common Law Crimes are:
- Attempt to Commit a Crime
- Accessory Before the Fact
- Accessory After the Fact
- Conspiracy to Commit a Crime
- Common Nightwalkers
- Indecent Exposure
- Open and Gross Lewdness
- Desertion and Non–Support
- Intimidation of a Witness, Juror, or Law Enforcement Officer
- Escape from Jail or Correctional Institution
- Disturbing the Peace
- Disorderly Conduct
- Criminal Harassment
- Annoying or Accosting Persons of the Opposite Sex
- Threat to Commit a Crime
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Civil Rights Violations
If you have been charged with any misdemeanor or felony criminal offense in Massachusetts, you should immediately consult with an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer.
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